Saturday, February 24, 2018

Huskies - Baseball Falls To Apprentice School; Knocks Off Kutztown On Saturday

(Photo courtesy of Bloomsburg University Sports Information)
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HAMPTON, Va. - The Bloomsburg University baseball team suffered its first loss of the season, 7-3, at The Apprentice School on Saturday morning but bounced back nicely for an 11-5 victory over Kutztown University in game two to finish its opening weekend with three wins in four games.

The Huskies had ten hits in the opener but could not string together a big inning against The Apprentice School's starting pitcher, Luke Schanba. Bloomsburg did strike for a run in the top of the first inning when redshirt junior Shane Woelfel (Mahwah, N.J./Mahwah) belted a leadoff home run to get the Huskies on the board. It was Woelfel's second round-tripper on the young season.

However, the Builders responded with two runs in each of the first two innings against senior righthander Mike Warren (Garnerville, N.Y./St. Joseph Regional) to take a 4-1 advantage. Maxwell Burc provided the damage in the first inning for The Apprentice School with a two-run home run to left field. In the second, a hit batter, a sacrifice bunt, a walk, a wild pitch, an RBI groundout, and an RBI single ended the afternoon for Warren. Freshman Nick Stoner(Elizabethtown, Pa./Elizabethtown) came on in relief and struck out Burc to prevent further damage.

Warren lasted just an inning and two-thirds and allowed four runs on four hits. He walked one and struck out one.

Bloomsburg got a run back in the top of the third when Woelfel scored on a double-steal attempt. Woelfel reached base on a one-out double and then advanced to third on a single from sophomore Cole Swiger (Maple Glen, Pa./Upper Dublin). Swiger, however, was thrown out at second on the double-steal attempt thwarting a potential larger rally.

The Huskies cut the lead to one, 4-3, with a run in the top of the fourth. Freshman Jared Burcin (Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty) started a two-out rally with a single back up the middle and then advanced to second on a single from junior Joey Wrabel (Harrisburg, Pa./Bishop McDevitt). Sophomore Nate Krizan (Montoursville, Pa./Loyalsock Township) walked to load the bases and Burcin would score when Schanba uncorked a wild pitch.

Stoner was sensational in his first collegiate outing but allowed a run, without giving up a hit, in the bottom of the fifth. The freshman walked Burc to lead off the inning and then delivered a wild pitch to allow Burc to advance to second. Back-to-back groundouts back to the mound allowed Burc to come around to score, extending the Builders' lead to 5-3.

Gevin Nixon belted a two-run home run for the Builder in the bottom of the eighth to extend the lead to 7-3. The Huskies threatened in the top of the ninth but could cut into the lead. Sophomore Andrew Holmes (Egg Harbor Township, N.J./Egg Harbor Township) singled to lead off the inning, advanced to second on a single by freshman Kyle OFier (Pittston, Pa./Pittston Area), and then both runners advanced to second and third, with no outs, on a balk. But, The Apprentice School's Mike Brumfie got out of the jam without allowing a run.

Stoner allowed just one run on one hit - an infield single in the bottom of the third - in five and one-third innings. He walked two and struck out eight. Junior Jeremy Zezza (Exeter, Pa./Wyoming Area) allowed the two-run home run in the eighth but both runs were unearned.

Woelfel had a double and a home run in four at bats. He also scored twice. Redshirt senior Austin Edgette (Exton, Pa./Downingtown East) and Wrabel added two hits apiece.

In game two, the Huskies wasted no time getting to Kutztown starter, Anthony DeVito, as Bloomsburg scored three runs in each of the first two innings to take a 6-0 lead.

In the top of the first, Woelfel walked to lead off the inning, advanced to second when Swiger was hit by a pitch, and then scored on a run-scoring single by Edgette. DeVito got the next two outs but Holmes came up with the big blow of the inning - a two-out, two-run triple that scored both Edgette and OFier, who reached on a fielder's choice, to extend the lead to 3-0.

In the second, Wrabel led off with a single and then advanced to second on a wild pitch. Krizan and Woelfel then drew back-to-back walks to load the bases with nobody out. Two batters later, Edgette singled through the left side of the infield to drive home Wrabel and Krizan and to balloon the advantage to 5-0. After a walk to Shiffer reloaded the bases, OFier reached on an infield single to plate Woelfel for the third run of the inning. DeVito retired the last two batters to prevent further damage.

In the top of the fourth, Swiger, who led off the inning with a single, scored on a double-steal attempt to build the Huskies' lead to 7-0. Kutztown got two runs back in the bottom half of the inning - both of which were unearned - against sophomore starter Chad Cooperman (Allentown, Pa./Salisbury). Kutztown's Jeff Zebrowski did the damage with a two-out, two-run single.

Woelfel extended the Bloomsburg lead to 8-2 in the top of the fifth with a sacrifice fly that scored junior Colton Hooker (Warrington, Pa./Upper Moreland). But, in the bottom half, Kutztown scored two more runs that were charged to redshirt sophomore reliever Wyatt Beakler (Jonestown, Pa./Northern Lebanon), cutting the Huskies' lead to 8-4. The Golden Bears had three hits in the inning but scored their runs on a wild pitch and a bases-loaded walk.

In the top of the sixth, Shiffer got the runs back with a two-run opposite-field home run to push the advantage to 10-4. It was Shiffer's second home run of the season and scored Edgette who led off the inning with a walk. Kutztown scored a run in the bottom of the sixth before the Huskies plated their final run in the top of the seventh when Edgette doubled to left, plating Woelfel who doubled with two outs.

Edgette went 4-for-4 with a double, two runs scored, and four runs batted in to pace the offense. Woelfel scored three times and was 1-for-2 with a double and a pair of walks. The Huskies had ten hits in the victory giving them at least ten hits in all four games over the weekend.

Cooperman went four innings in his first start of the season. He allowed two unearned runs on three hits, walked two, and struck out five. Beakler and redshirt sophomore Mark Bobko (Metuchen, N.J./St. Joseph Metuchen) combined to pitch the fifth while sophomore JJ Spehrley (Pottsville, Pa./Pottsville Area) pitched the sixth, seventh, and eighth innings and allowed one run on two hits while striking out three. Redshirt sophomore James Reardon IV(Springfield, Pa./Springfield) struck out the side in the ninth.

The Huskies will return to action on Saturday, March 3 and Sunday, March 4, when they play back-to-back doubleheaders against St. Thomas Aquinas in Colonial Heights, Virginia. Both twinbills are slated to begin at 12:00 p.m.

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