Offense struggles in two-game sweep

By Sarah Moltz, Staff Writer,, 4/21/17

IUP baseball fell to Shippensburg University Tuesday in a non-divisional doubleheader at home.

The Crimson Hawks dropped Game 1, 6-0, and dropped a 7-1 contest in Game 2. Freshman Ben Hudock (software engineering) started Game 1, going just over five innings.

Hudock gave up only one earned run. However, the Raiders got to the IUP relievers in the seventh inning with a grand slam. The Raiders totaled five runs in the inning.

The Crimson Hawks left five players on base in the first game. Shippensburg had a total of 10 hits compared to IUP’s three.

Right fielder Nate Dickey (junior, finance) had three at-bats with one hit.

Corey Wheeler (junior, exercise science) added a hit for the Crimson Hawks.

In Game 2, Shippensburg led, 7-0, in the fifth inning.

IUP put a run on the board after an RBI single from freshman Joshua Beale (nursing) that scored Scott Hess (senior, safety science).

After the loss to Shippensburg, IUP is now 13-19 overall and remains 9-7 overall in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference West division.

IUP still holds a four-way tie with Seton Hill, Slippery Rock and California universities in the division with 9-7 records.

“We honestly faced a really hot team who had two great pitchers,” third baseman Dan Sepic (junior, hospitality management) said.

“Hudock pitched well for us in Game 1, giving us a good start and possible chance to put runs on the board. Shippensburg’s pitching just kept us off-balance, but we hit the ball hard right at people, which didn’t help.”

IUP baseball is back in action Friday when they host PSAC opponent Seton Hill University for a doubleheader.

The Crimson Hawks will then travel to Greensburg for Games 3 and 4 against the Griffins starting Saturday.