JOHNSTOWN, PA- With the threat of rain in the air, the Senators made the trip to Johnstown, PA to take on the Mountain Cats of Pitt-Johnstown for Thursday night WVIAC baseball action.
In Game One, the rains wouldn't hold off as the two teams endured a 45-minute rain delay after the Senators half of the 4th inning. At this point in the game, UPJ held a 3-2 lead after scoring one in the 1st inning and two in the 3rd off starting pitcher Colby Fisher. Fisher lasted just two innings, facing three batters in the third, giving up three runs on two hits, walking two and striking out three. Senior John Commins relieved Fisher and threw four innings giving up one run on three hits, walking three and striking out four batters. The final score was 4-2 in favor of UPJ. Fisher's record drops to 3-1 on the season.
At the plate, the Senators out hit the Mountain Lions 7-to-5 but could only put across two runs. Those two runs were driven in by first baseman Treavor Dubiel's double in the top of the 2nd inning. Freshman Lance Vannoy was 2-for-3 with a double and run scored. Dubiel finished the game 1-for-2 with a double and two RBI's.
Game two got off to a rocky start as Senior LHP Cory Keesee would last just one inning giving up six runs (three earned) on five hits, walking two and striking out one. Drew Ford would relieve Keesee in the second inning with a runner on third after Keesee gave up a lead-off triple. Ford hit the first batter he faced then gave up a 3-run home run to give UPJ a 8-0 lead. After retiring two hitters, Ford was replaced by Jake Smith who got the third out with one pitch.
Smith would 3 1/3 innings of 2-hit ball giving up no runs, walking one, and striking out three before being lifted after the 5th inning in favor of fellow freshman Sean Hoy. Hoy worked a nearly perfect 6th, striking out one and giving up a walk in his inning of work.
Treavor Dubiel once again led the hitters going 2-for-3.
The Senators will be back in WVIAC action tomorrow at 1pm against West Virginia Wesleyan at Harpertown Field inside the Allen Athletic Complex.