Into the thick of it

Published by Tyler Howe, Date: April 4, 2022
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Baseball season is now in full swing, and none know that better than Slippery Rock’s team. The Rock played eight games this past week against three different teams, with two of them being Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) rivals.

The week started off with a doubleheader against Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) on Tuesday: a continuation of their series from March 25. Despite efforts from Abraham Mow and Joe Ehland in the first game, The Rock dropped the first game 3-2 after the Crimson Hawks scored their three runs in the sixth inning.

The Rock hoped to rebound in the second game and came out hot after Luke Trueman hit a grand slam that put The Rock up 4-0. Unfortunately, they were outscored 8-1 in the next five innings of action. The result was another loss to the Crimson Hawks, this time 8-5.

The Rock didn’t have a long layoff as they played again on Wednesday against West Liberty University on the road. In the doubleheader, they didn’t allow a single run. In the first game, Ethan Edkins earned his first win of the season in the 11-0 win. The second game saw Tanner Esposito earn a win as they went on to dominate again with a 7-0 win.

The Rock didn’t return to action until Saturday, after the first two games against California University of Pennsylvania (Cal-U) were postponed. They split the Saturday games with the Vulcans, with the first going in Cal-U’s favor with a 5-4 victory. Up until the sixth inning, The Rock held a 4-1 lead, but ultimately they were unable to hold onto it.

Ricky Mineo helped earn the split after he held the Vulcans to no runs in the second game. It concluded with a 2-0 decision in The Rock’s favor.

The Rock played the second day at home against Cal-U. They dominated the whole way throughout the first game as Trueman took the mound. Connor Hamilton and Eddie Morris each notched an RBI in the game, while Ehrand had two in the 5-1 win.

However, the second game went entirely different than the first, with the Vulcans blowing out The Rock 17-3.

The Rock will return to action on Tuesday, and they’ll have six games this upcoming week. The week will start with games against Walsh University and finish with four games against PSAC opponent, Gannon University.

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