The Rams headed down to Dinwiddie, Virginia, Saturday for a three-day tournament against Post University, East Stroudsburg University, Cal University of Pennsylvania, St. Thomas Aquinas, and Philadelphia University.
Shepherd took the win in game number one against the Post University Eagles Saturday in their first game of the tournament. Shepherd took a quick lead when a three-run homerun from Sam Crater gave the Rams a 5-0 cushion in the bottom of the second inning. The Rams added to their lead and the Eagles could never recover as Shepherd cruised to a 14 -9 victory.
Jamie Driver earned the win for the Rams, while Crater led Shepherd at the plate going 3-5 with four RBI’s and scoring twice himself.
In game one Sunday East Stroudsburg proved too much for Shepherd to handle as they destroyed the Rams 19-1. Tre Porter earned the Rams only run with a solo home run in the bottom of the ninth inning.
The Rams rebounded well in game two Sunday beating California University of Pennsylvania 15-7. Rams took the lead in the second with a three-run homer off the bat of Brandon Kirk and would lead for the remainder of the game. A three run from Christian Hamel put the game away in the seventh inning putting the Rams up 14-6 giving Shepherd all the Runs they would need for the victory.
AJ Snead got the win for the rams going a 6.2 innings, while Hamel led the Rams going 4-5 with 6 RBI’s
Shepherd fell in game one Monday in a nail biting 8-7 loss to St. Thomas Aquinas. Shepherd played catch up for most of game coming back from a 3-0 deficit to tie the game 4-4 in the sixth. St Thomas took a 8-5 lead into the ninth and appeared to have the game locked up but back-to-back runs from the Rams gave hope to a late rally, but a three-run ninth proved to be too much of a hill for Shepherd to climb as they fell by one.
Hamel once again lead the Rams at the plate going 3-5 with three RBI’s.
In the fifth and final game of the tournament Shepherd beat Philadelphia University 11-7 to end the tournament on a high note. The Rams bats were hot in game five scoring in all but two innings and scoring six of the games first seven runs. Daniel Heleine and JJ Sarty gave the Rams sparks in back-to-back innings each hitting homers preventing Philadelphia from inching closer than two Runs down.
Colin Benner earned his first collegiate victory, while Daniel Heleine led the rams hitting going 4-4 with three RBI’s.
The Rams will have some time off and will hit the diamond again Tuesday, March 15, when they take on University of Pitt Johnstown in a double header at 1:00 and 3:30 p.m.