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at Shepherd (WV) University - 04/29/12

ATH12_016_MorrowK_TMountain Cats Split at Shepherd
     04/29/12... (Game 1) (Game 2) The Mountain Cats split a doubleheader at Shepherd (WV) University to close out the regular season on Sunday.  Pitt-Johnstown won the completion of Saturday's suspended game, 12-7, but suffered a 14-12 loss in game two.  Kyle Morrow (McVeytown, Pa.) homered twice and Drew Westover (Flinton, Pa.) and Jeff Campbell (Brackenridge, Pa.) added homers for the Mountain Cats, now 24-25 overall and 17-17 in the WVIAC North.
     In the completion of Saturday's suspended game, the Mountain Cats opened up a 7-1 lead in the third inning and went on to defeat Shepherd, 12-7.
     Pitt-Johnstown built a 3-1 lead, before the rain came and
forced the suspension after two innings.
     Nathan Minnich's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the first gave the Rams a 1-0 advantage, but Pitt-Johnstown answered with three in the top of the second, highlighted by Campbell's two-run home run.
     The Mountain Cats made it 7-1 with three more runs in the third, including a two-run home run by Morrow, before the Rams cut it to 7-4 with three runs of their own, including in the bottom of the frame. 
     Pitt-Johnstown got all three of those runs back in the fifth with RBI's from Mike Palkovitz (Mechanicsburg, Pa.), Nate Sabados (DuBois, Pa.) and Campbell to push it out to 10-4.
     Shepherd got run-producing base hits from Jake Cook and Brandon Coffey in their have of the fifth, but the Mountain Cats came back with a run in the sixth on Palkovitz' single that plated Jake Warner (Pittsburgh, Pa.), before going on to the 12-7 win.
     Palkovitz went 4-for-4 with two RBI and three runs, while Westover had three hits and scored twice.  Campbell added two hits, including a homer and three RBI, and Nathan Pope (Hollidaysburg, Pa.) collected two hits, drove in a pair, and scored two runs.  Morrow belted a two-run home run, and Jake Warner (Pittsburgh, Pa.) chipped in two hits and an RBI.
     Heath Singer (Newville, Pa.) picked-up his first collegiate win after tossing three innings in relief of starter Rylan Schnably (Bedford, Pa.)Singer allowed three runs on six hits.  John Fees (Carrolltown, Pa.) worked a scoreless seventh inning for the Mountain Cats.
     In Sunday's second game, Shepherd used an eight-run fourth inning to build a 12-5 lead and held off Pitt-Johnstown, 14-12.
     Westover's long two-run homer over the left field wall in the top of the first, and Zach Vignero's (Johnstown, Pa.) bases loaded fielder's choice that plated Pope in the second gave the Mountain Cats a 3-0 lead.
     Shepherd answered with a run in their half of the second, but Pitt-Johnstown tacked on a pair of runs in the third to make it 5-1.
     Nash Hutter hit a two-run homer, and Jake Cook scored on a Paul Tunink (Indiana, Pa.) wild pitch to cut the Rams' deficit to 5-4 after three innings.
     Hutter struck again for the Rams.  This time, his grand slam off of Nate Plummer (Bellwood, Pa.) in an eight run fourth inning gave Shepherd it first lead of the day at 12-5.
      Pitt-Johnstown clawed back with four runs in the sixth and one more in the seventh on Morrow's home run, but that was as close as it would get.
     Westover had two hits, and drove in two with his home run, while Palkovitz had two hits and two RBI.  Morrow added a solo home run in the loss, and Pope had two hits and three RBI.
     Plummer took the loss in relief and dropped to 0-2 after giving up five runs on two hits.  Plummer did not record an out.
     With the split, Shepherd is now 27-17 and 19-12 in thenWVIAC North.