The Shepherd Rams school record 20 game-winning streak ended on Saturday, April 4 with an 8-5 loss to the Glenville State Pioneers. The Rams won the three other games played during the series.
The Pioneers entered the series near the bottom of the Mountain East Conference; however, they were able to keep it competitive in two of the losses against the Rams before picking up the win in the final game of the series.
“Lack of focus, it’s been that way all year in games three and four of a series,” said coach Matt McCarty following the loss. “We’ve been doing well in games one and two. We didn’t concentrate on the little things, we didn’t focus, we didn’t do the things we needed to do to win.”
McCarty added that the loss could serve as a wake-up call.
“I guess we’ll see moving on,” he said.
Shepherd opened up their series against Glenville State on Thursday, April 2 with a 12-5 win in game one.
Senior outfielder Matt Wilson went four-for-four with three RBIs, including a solo home run to left field in the fourth inning.
Junior shortstop Tre Porter went three-for-three with a solo home run in the fifth inning, and a stolen base.
Senior catcher Spencer Wolfe also hit a home run, a three-run shot to left field in the first inning.
Junior Sam Crater earned his sixth win of the year, going five innings and allowing four hits, one earned run and eight strikeouts.
The Rams won game two of the Thursday doubleheader 16-2.
Redshirt-freshman Daniel Heleine went four-for-four with five RBIs and two home runs.
Wilson, Wolfe, senior first baseman Dom Wyshinski and sophomore outfielder Jonathan Sarty each had a multi-hit game for the Rams. Wolfe and Wyshinski each had three RBIs, while Wilson earned two.
Junior Jamie Driver picked up his sixth victory, giving up seven hits, two runs and two strikeouts in four innings.
Shepherd opened up the Saturday doubleheader with a 6-3 victory.
Senior Bryan DiRosario got the win while senior Brian Martin recorded his fifth save of the year.
The Rams are now 23-3, holding the top spot in the Mountain East Conference.