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SHEPHERD BASEBALL SWEEPS WEST LIBERTY; RISER REACHES 500-WIN MARK (4-6-2012)
WEST LIBERTY, W.Va.
– Shepherd University had 30 hits on the day en route to a doubleheader sweep over West Liberty in WVIAC baseball action at Kovalick Field on Friday. The Rams had a 17-7 victory in game one and added an 8-3 triumph in the nightcap. The pair of wins give Shepherd head coach Wayne Riser 500 victories for his career..
Clinging to a 7-4 lead, Shepherd scored six runs in the sixth inning in game one to pull away for the win. Sophomore pitcher
(Manassas, VA/Osbourn) had a two-run triple and senior shortstop Nash Hutter (Sunland, CA/Verdugo Hills/Glendale CC), senior third baseman Travis Sluger (Germantown, MD/Williamsport/Hagerstown CC), and freshman outfielder
(Martinsburg, WV/Martinsburg) each drove in a runs to highlight the rally.
The Rams added four more runs in the seventh with sophomore catcher
(St. James, NY/Smithtown East) smacking a two-run double to key the scoring outburst.
Junior second baseman
(North Olmsted, OH/North Olmsted) went 4-for-5 and drove in two runs, while Minnich was 3-for-3 with a solo homer, two RBIs, and four runs scored. Messina, Hutter, Coffey, and Ferguson each added a pair of hits.
Josh Nagel and Taylor Snare each had three hits and drove in a pair of runs for the Hilltoppers.
Coffey (5.0 IP, 9 H, 0 k, 2 BB, 3 ER) picked up the win to improve to 3-2. Jared Taylor took the loss for the Hilltoppers.
Minnich went 4-for-4 with a three-run homer to pace the Rams in the nightcap. Sophomore outfielder
(Woodbridge, VA/Woodbridge) went 3-for-5 with a pair of runs scored, while Murphy and Coffey each had a pair of hits.
Mike Johnson went 3-for-4 and scored a pair of runs to lead West Liberty.
Sophomore pitcher Trevor Appleby (Chambersburg, PA/Chambersburg) (7.0 IP, 4 Ks, 1 BB, 7 H, 1 ER) gained a complete game win to improve to 4-3 on the year. Drew Peterson took the loss for West Liberty.
Shepherd improves to 21-11, 13-4 in WVIAC play, while West Liberty falls to 6-18, 4-11. The two teams return to action on Saturday at West Liberty for a 1 p.m. contest.
Minnich became the Shepherd all-time career leader in runs batted in. He now has 185 for his career, surpassing the old mark of 179 set by Charlie Drummond (2001-04). Minnich went 7-for-7 on the day with a pair of homers, six RBIs, and six runs scored.
Wayne Risers Milestone Wins
Win Opponent Score Date
1 Shenandoah 6-1 March 3, 1991
100 Pembroke State 5-1 March 21, 1997
200 Oswego State 8-1 March 20, 2001
300 Fairmont State 9-5 April 18, 2004
400 Columbia Union 12-2 April 10, 2008
500 West Liberty 8-3 April 6, 2012
Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score
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