Baseball falls in doubleheader to Lindsey Wilson
The Bears lose game one 8-4, fall in game two 8-1
Columbia, Ky. – Shawnee State baseball suffered a sweep on Thursday afternoon, falling to Lindsey Wilson 8-4 in game one and 8-1 in game two of the doubleheader.
Lindsey Wilson would jump in front early with two runs in the bottom of the first inning. Ben Heideman would get the rally started with a one-out double down the left field line, and move to third on Steven Calderon’s single to right field. Tyler Maskill would then squeeze home Heideman, getting Calderon to second in the process. Oliver Baez would follow with a double to left, scoring Calderon and giving Lindsey Wilson an early 2-0 lead.
Shawnee State would respond by cutting the lead in half in the top of the second. Casey Claflin would lead off with a walk and be replaced by pinch runner Anthony Nichols. Blake Marshall would walk to move Nichols to second, and both runners would get into scoring position on a bunt by Danny McGuire. Christian Helton would then hit a grounder to shortstop, scoring Nichols but seeing Marshall tagged out at third. Seth Clement would ground into a fielder’s choice to end the inning.
Lindsey Wilson would blow the game open in the bottom of the second inning with four runs. Manny Chavarria would lead off with a walk, but Bodie Vegely would quickly ground into a 4-6-3 double play. With two outs, Seth Price would double to the gap in right-center, and would score on Alec Salcedo’s single up the middle, with Salcedo advancing to second on the throw home. Heideman would get his second extra base hit in the next at-bat, blasting a two-run home run to left field. Calderon would follow with a double, and get to third on Maskill’s single. Baez would single Calderon in, knocking SSU starter Tyler Arthur out of the game. Reliever Brady Knittel would get out of the frame, but not until Shawnee State trailed 6-1.
The Bears would rally for a pair of runs in the top of the fourth. Danny McGuire would lead off with a single to right field. Seth Clement would hit a one-out single to put McGuire at second, and a wild pitch by Francisco Arias would advance both runners to second and third. Sam Gerhold would hit a sacrifice fly to left field to score McGuire and move Clement to third. JT Boggs followed with an RBI single through the hold at second base, scoring Clement and cutting the Lindsey Wilson lead to 6-3. However, the Blue Raiders would tack on a run on Calderon’s RBI double in the bottom of the fourth to extend the lead back out to 7-3.
Chase Thurber would lead off the top of the seventh inning with a homer to cut the Lindsey Wilson lead to 7-4, but the Blue Raiders would rally for another run in the bottom half of the inning. Maskill would lead off with a single through shortstop, and Baez would follow him with a single through second to put two on. Maskill would then steal third, but could not score on Nick Sanders’ grounder to first base, with Baez being forced out at second. Sanders would steal second, but both runners would have to stay put again on Chavarria’s groundout to short. After Vegely was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Price would walk to drive in Maskill. The 8-4 score would stand as neither team would score again to end the game.
Francisco Arias allowed three runs on five hits in six innings of relief to get the win for Lindsey Wilson. Tyler Arthur allowed six runs on nine hits in one and two-thirds innings to take the loss.
Shawnee State would strike first in game two, putting up a run in the top of the first. Christian Helton would lead off with a single to shallow right field, and would steal second. With one out, Seth Clement would move Helton over with a single. Levi Jones then punched a single to center field, scoring Helton to give SSU the early 1-0 lead.
The lead would not last as Lindsey Wilson scored two in the bottom of the first. Alec Salcedo would lead off with a walk, and Ben Heideman would walk to put two on with nobody out. With two outs, Oliver Baez would single to left field, scoring Salcedo to tie the game and moving Heideman to third base. After a Jordan Gardner walk, Alex Walker would throw a wild pitch with the bases loaded, scoring Heideman to allow Lindsey Wilson to take a 2-1 lead.
Lindsey Wilson would blow the game open with five in the bottom of the third. With one out, Tyler Maskill would single through shortstop. He would then take second on another wild pitch from Walker, and steal third. Baez would walk, and Jordan Gardner would lay down a squeeze attempt, but Maskill would be throw out at the plate by JT Boggs. Nick Sanders would single through shortstop to load the bases. Manny Chavarria would walk to drive in Baez and keep the bases loaded, driving Alex Walker from the game. Reliever Joe Loyd would be unable to stop the bleeding, allowing Seth Price to single to left to score Gardner, with Sanders scoring on the play on an error by left fielder Joseph Campos. Loyd would hit Salcedo to load the bases again, and Heideman would single to score pinch runner Zak Mizell and Price. Calderon would ground into a fielder’s choice to end the inning, but the damage was done. Lindsey Wilson would tack on another run in the bottom of the fifth to seal the 8-1 win.
Tyler Russell allowed one run on seven hits in seven innings to get the win for Lindsey Wilson, striking out nine. Alex Walker allowed six runs on three hits in two and two-thirds innings to take the loss.
The losses drop Shawnee State to 12-17 on the season, and 1-9 in the Mid-South Conference. Lindsey Wilson improves to 17-18 and 6-4 on the season.
Shawnee State baseball and Lindsey Wilson play again on Friday, April 6 to wrap up their series. First pitch from Columbia is set for 12:00pm Eastern, 11:00am Central.