Seton Hill rallies in 2nd game for sweep of LHU baseball
LOCK HAVEN — For all intents and purposes, the two non-divisional PSAC baseball games between Seton Hill and Lock Haven shouldn’t have been played Tuesday afternoon, especially the second of the two contests.
After all the mud was splashed around the field, the Griffins walked off with a pair of wins, taking the first game 6-2 before overcoming a late deficit to win the nightcap, 8-6.
The first game was played in tolerable conditions, the Griffins taking a 1-0 lead in the second inning on a double by Brandon Kline before the Bald Eagles answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning on walks issued to Isaac Porter and Reagan Lawler followed by an RBI ground out by Max Joseph and a sacrifice fly by Colby Hiddemen.
Seton Hill took the lead for keeps in the fourth on doubles by former Bald Eagle Nick Stotler and Adam Bankovich sandwiched around an infield single by Colton Carney.
With Lock Haven unable to add to its two runs, the Griffins completed the game by scoring a pair of unearned runs in the sixth before adding the final run in the seventh.
For the Griffins, Neal McDermott (1-4) started and picked up the win, McDermott allowed the Bald Eagles just one hit and the two earned runs, walking four and striking out four. Calden Wood worked the final three innings, allowing the final two hits, issuing one free pass while striking out a pair.
For Lock Haven, Ryan Reicoff started and worked 3 2/3 innings, Reicoff allowing five hits and three runs — one earned — walking two and striking out four. Reicoff gave way to Santino Nave who worked three innings, surrendering three hits, three runs and three walks. Jake Boehm cleaned matters up for the Bald Eagles by retiring the only batter he faced.
When the playing field became treacherous as the rain picked up in intensity, Seton Hill completed the sweep when the Griffins came from behind as they turned a 6-4 Lock Haven lead into an 8-6 win, scoring four runs in the seventh inning with one swing of the bat.
Doing most of the work for the Bald Eagles in the second game were Reagan Lawlor, Cameron Kutchney, McArthur and Porter with RBI singles. Porter also gave the Bald Eagles a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the fifth when he launched a home run to right field.
Unfortunately the Bald Eagles couldn’t hold onto the lead as with the scored tied at 4-all, Parker Denny — who finished with three hits in four at-bats — belted a grand slam to left.
Zane Grimes started for the Bald Eagles in game two and worked the first three innings, touched up for three runs on three hits, walking two and striking out six.
Hiddemen and Brandon Lingenfelter tookover in relief of Grimes before Dillon Good suffered his first loss of the season by giving up the grand slam.
Next up for the Bald Eagles will be a crucial series at Bloomsburg on Friday.
Seton Hill 6, LHU 2
Seton Hill 010 202 1 — 6 8 0
Lock Haven 020 000 0 — 2 3 3
Neal McDermott, Caiden Wood (5) and Adam Bankovich. Ryan Reicoff, Santino Nave (4), Jake Boehm (7) and Joe Zgleszewski. W: McDermott (1-4). L: Reicoff (0-3). S: Wood (1).
Top Seton Hill hitters: Andrew Chuba 2-3, 2 RBIs; Craig Lewis, 2B; Nick Stotler, 2B; Adam Bankovich, 2B; Brandon Kline, 3B.
Seton Hill 8, LHU 6
Seton Hill 010 201 4 — 8 7 2
Lock Haven 010 212 0 — 6 8 3
Cole Masik, Cory Storm (2), Brian Dabney (4), Ben Vicini (5), Kenny Wells (6) and Michael Connell. Zane Grimes, Colby HIddeman (5), Brandon LIgenfelter (6), Dillon Good (7) and Isaac Porter, Joe Zgleszewski. W: Wells (2-1). L: Good (0-1).
Top Seton Hill hitters: Parker Denny 3-4, 2B, HR, 4 RBIs, 3 runs; Colton Carney 2-3, HR, 2 RBIs, run. Top Lock Haven hitters: Isaac Porter 3-4, HR, 2 RBIs, run; Pedro Peguero, 2B.
Records: Seton Hill (22-18), Lock Haven (18-18-1).