On the back of one of the best offensive performances in recent years, the Slippery Rock baseball team earned a home Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) doubleheader split with Gannon University Monday afternoon.
SRU (9-30, 4-16 PSAC) beat Gannon (25-12, 13-7 PSAC) 22-5 in game one before losing 7-2 in game two.
In game one, The Rock jumped all over Gannon early, scoring 14 runs in the first inning. Home runs by senior Alex Bell, sophomore Kyle Wise and juniors Ty Zimmerman and Preston Falacino set the tone of the game in the first inning as The Rock went on to score eight more run in the blowout.
Zimmerman and freshman Frankie Jezioro finished the game with four hits each. Falacino, Bell and sophomore Tyler Walters all finished with three hits and Bell led the team with six RBI.
Sophomore Slippery Rock starter Matt Gordon (4-3, 5.77 ERA) pitched six innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and collected the win.
Game two starter, sophomore Shawn Holman (0-4, 4.66 ERA), pitched four strong innings, only giving up a single run, but The Rock offense could not find success like they had in game one.
Junior James Divosevic (1-2, 5.87 ERA) came on in relief of Holman in the fifth inning and gave up five runs while only being able to get two outs.
Jezioro and Falascino added two late runs, but it was too little too late for Slippery Rock as Gannon took game two 7-2.
That finished off the four-game series against Gannon as the Green and White were only able to come away with one win and three losses.