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April 30, 2013

Saint Vincent takes two

LATROBE, Pa. -- The Grove City College baseball team dropped both ends of a Presidents' Athletic Conference doubleheader at Saint Vincent Tuesday afternoon. The Wolverines dropped an 8-6 verdict in the opener and then fell 12-5 in the nightcap.

In Game One, Grove City trailed 3-2 entering the fifth inning but charged ahead with a four-run outburst. Junior second baseman John Rende (Pittsburgh, Pa./Central Catholic) ignited the inning with a one-out single. After a walk to senior first baseman Kyle Shock (Loudonville, Ohio/Hillsdale), senior catcher Garrett Herald (Grove City, Pa./Grove City) singled in Rende with the tying run.

Shock scored the go-ahead run on a single by freshman DH Kenny McCracken (Wheaton, Ill./Aurora Christian). Herald scored on a fielder's choice while an error brought home McCracken.

However, Saint Vincent reclaimed the lead by scoring five runs in the bottom of the fifth.

Grove City pulled into a 2-2 tie in the top of the second when McCracken singled and senior left fielder Zach Struharik (Boardman, Ohio/Boardman) followed with a double. McCracken scored on a single by freshman shortstop J.R. Mountain (Edinboro, Pa./General McLane) and senior right fielder Cameron Jones (Wellsboro, Pa./Wellsboro) singled in Struharik.

McCracken finished 3 for 4 with two runs scored.

Senior pitcher Max Vickerman (Zelienople, Pa./Seneca Valley) started and allowed six earned runs in five innings. Freshman Ryan Gallagher (Pittsburgh, Pa./Shaler) pitched a scoreless inning of relief.

In Game Two, McCracken doubled and singled while senior center fielder Josh Sacks (Columbia, Md./Chapelgate Christian) doubled and scored a pair of runs. Shock also scored twice and knocked in two runs.

Grove City led 5-2 entering the bottom of the third but Saint Vincent (18-15, 14-7 PAC) posted four runs to take the lead for good. The Bearcats added two runs in the fourth inning before closing the scoring with four more runs in the fifth.

Freshman pitcher Scott Williams (Creston, Ohio/Norwayne) started and allowed six runs in three innings. Freshman Steve Maskrey (Cranesville, Pa./Northwestern) pitched the fourth and fifth in relief and Gallagher threw a scoreless sixth.

The Wolverines will visit Waynesburg Friday in conference action at 3 p.m.

Game One Box Score                Game Two Box Score

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