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May 3, 2006

Wolverines set single-season win record

GROVE CITY, Pa. -- The Grove City College baseball team set a new single-season win record Wednesday afternoon by splitting a home non-conference doubleheader with Pitt-Greensburg at College Field. After dropping the opener 8-4, Grove City earned its record-breaking 25th victory of the season with a 19-6 victory in the nightcap.

The 25 wins this season breaks the prior record of 24, set in 1999.

In the nightcap, Grove City broke the game open early with a 10-run second inning. A double by sophomore catcher Ray Mertz (Glenshaw, Pa./Shaler) helped ignite the inning. The Wolverines also took advantage of three walks and four Pitt-Greensburg errors during the outburst.

Grove City added seven runs in the fourth inning. Junior left fielder Chris Schwamberger (Mansfield, Ohio/Madison) cracked a two-run double while senior shortstop Mike Ritter (Moon Township, Pa./Moon) capped the inning with a three-run homer, his sixth of the season.

Schwamberger finished the game 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and three runs scored. He also drove in three runs. Ritter finished with four runs batted in while freshman center fielder Seth Thompson (Canton, Ohio/GlenOak) went 3-for-3 with three runs scored. Mertz doubled and scored twice while sophomore second baseman Jamie Skyrm (Elkhart, Ind./Elkhart Baptist) went 2-for-4.

Senior Erik Arnesen (Princeton, N.J./Timothy Christian) improved to 8-0 with the victory. He struck out 11 over 6 1/3 innings while yielding just one earned run and three hits. Senior Mike Kennedy (Chagrin Falls, Ohio/Chagrin Falls) recorded the final two outs for the Wolverines.

Sophomore third baseman Bryan Pierrot (Wadsworth, Ohio/Wadsworth) belted a three-homer in the bottom of the seventh of Game One for Grove City. Pierrot also doubled while Schwamberger went 2-for-4. Senior Ryan Carr (New Castle, Pa./Mohawk) took the loss, allowing six earned runs in 3 2/3 innings. Sophomore Chris Bowser (Stow, Ohio/Stow) allowed one run in 3 1/3 innings of relief.

Grove City will compete in the Presidents' Athletic Conference Championship Tournament May 11-13.

Game One Box Score            Game Two Box Score

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