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Shepherd sweeps Columbia Union

March 10, 1997

By BOB DeVINNEY

Staff Correspondent

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - After being rained out the first four preseason games, Shepherd College baseball coach Wayne Riser put to rest any doubts he may have had about his pitching staff in a doubleheader sweep of Columbia Union on Sunday.

Eleven Rams pitchers combined to pitch 7-0 and 18-0 shutouts, limiting CU to only one hit on the day while striking out 26 batters. Starters Ty Hart and Charlie Lamp picked up the wins in the sweep thanks to Riser's planned pitching rotations.

"We were sharper pitching-wise than I expected," Riser said. "I was a little concerned coming in because our pitching couldn't handle our offense in practice. But the key today was we went 0-1 in the count on the first 14 hitters we faced. We were sharp and we pitched ahead."

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Hart and Jamie Ware went two innings apiece, followed by an inning each from Jason Ritenour, Travis Beachler and Brian Sands. The five combined to toss a no-hitter in the opener, while fanning 14.

Jeb Bauer, who struck out his first two trips to the plate in game one, slugged a home run to right center with two aboard, highlighting a four-run Shepherd sixth to seal the first game.

"To tell you the truth, I was really nervous the first two times up," Bauer said sheepishly. "Then when I flew out in the fifth I kinda got my focus back. I was trying to tell myself we're here to have fun. I got a pitch I liked there in the sixth and just turned on it."

Bauer collected six RBIs on the day to lead the Rams' offensive explosion. He homering in the nightcap, a two-run shot to dead center. Shepherd sent 12 men to the plate in a decisive eight-run second inning for an early 11-0 cushion, then coasted to the win.

Lamp and Andrew Fincham each threw two innings of game two. Travis Bagent and Chris Ward tossed an inning apiece. Ward was touched for the only hit of the day by CU, an opposite field bloop single to right in the sixth.

Cleveland State (Tenn.) 11, Hagerstown JC 2

CLEVELAND, Tenn. - The Hagerstown Junior College baseball team spent Sunday getting out the kinks as it committed seven errors in a loss to Cleveland (Tenn.) State in the Hawks' season opener.

HJC pitchers Kevin Colbourn and Matt Brohawn got little support as the Hawks collected only two hits. Six of Cleveland State's 11 runs were unearned.

"You can't win too many games with seven errors," HJC coach Darryl Powell said. "It was the first game jitters ... I just hope we got them all out of our system."

HJC trailed 10-0 after six innings before getting on the board in the seventh. Danny Summers and Shaun O'Neil each drew walks before Brian Updegraff ripped a grounder through the legs of Cleveland's first baseman for a run.

The Hawks (0-1) picked up their other run in the ninth. Summers again walked and scored when O'Neil reached on a first baseman's error.

HJC travels to meet Hiwassee, Fla., in a doubleheader today.

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