Rams top Binghamton to remain unbeaten

March 15, 1997


Staff Correspondent

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Sometimes, you just have to play mean to win. At least that's what Shepherd College baseball coach Wayne Riser told his team as they prepared for visiting Binghamton (N.Y.) University on Saturday.

The Rams used the big inning again, sparked by their catalyst Rich Pell, to dispense with the Colonials, 7-2, in cold and blustery conditions at Fairfax Field.

"The conditions were not ideal," said Riser. "But I told them that at the end of nine innings, somebody's taking home a win. In less than ideal situations, usually it's the team that's meaner that gets the "W". We had to really focus and prepare mentally."


Pell, Shepherd's leadoff hitter and on-base percentage (14 for 19) leader, reached base five times on three hits and a pair of walks as the Rams did all their scoring in the third and fifth innings to send BU (0-1) to defeat in its season opener.

Pell led off the Rams' first with a single to become the 11th player in SC history to collect 100 career hits, then doubled and scored in the third, and laced an RBI single in a decisive four-run fifth to spark Shepherd to its fifth straight win without a loss.

"I got good pitches to hit all day," said Pell. "They were leaving fastballs out over the plate. It was just a matter of me being selective and hitting in counts in my favor. When I got two strikes on me, I concentrated on just trying to make contact."

Mark Bragunier snapped out of a slump, going 2-for-3 and doubling home a pair of runs in the fifth. Jeb Bauer also singled in two runs in the third to raise his team-leading RBI total to 10.

Four Shepherd pitchers scattered five Binghamton hits.

Jason Ritenour (1-0) pitched three shutout innings, giving up just two hits, to pick up the win in relief of starter Jamie Ware. Chris Ward and Joe Pease each tossed an inning to finish up for SC.

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