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Shepherd falls in WVa. Conference final

May 14, 2001

Shepherd falls in WVa. Conference final



First Game

Shepherd 13

Concord 8

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MIller, Powell (7), Jackson (9) and Drummond; Saunders, Adams (7) and Jones. WP -Miller (6-2). LP - Saunders (6-3). S - Jackson (7). HR - S: Drummond (6th, three on).

Second Game

Concord 7

Shepherd 1

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Ernst, Collins (3), Powell (6), Jackson (7) and Drummond; Wright and Jones. WP - Wright (4-4). LP - Ernst (3-4). HR - C: Legacy (6th, none on); Pratt (7th, none on).

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PRINCETON, W.Va. - The Shepherd College baseball team drove Concord College to the limit, but ran out of gas right before its final destination.

The Rams came out of the loser's bracket to press the Mountain Lions into a winner-takes-all game for the West Virginia Conference baseball tournament championship. But Concord responded with sophomore Andrew Wright's complete-game 7-1 victory to lay claim to the title on Sunday.

Shepherd (25-19) forced the final game by defeating Concord 13-8 in the championship round opener behind the pitching of Preston Miller and Charlie Drummond's grand slam. The Rams advanced to the championship bracket late Saturday by eliminating West Virginia State 6-3 in the loser's bracket final.

Concord (27-15) shook off the effects of losing the opener by riding Wright's performance. Wright allowed no earned runs on nine hits while walking two and striking out nine.

Shepherd's pitching ran out of steam as starter John Ernst lasted two innings before giving way to three other pitchers who failed to turn back Concord.

The Mountain Lions jumped out to a 2-0 lead on single runs in the second and third innings. Kevin McClung hit an RBI single in the second and Scott Jones drove in the run in the third.

Shepherd cut the deficit in half in the sixth when Adam Straskulic scored on Jason Walck's grounder to short. Concord put the game away with solo home runs in sixth and seventh before clinching it with a three-run eighth.

Brian Powell and Zack Couturiaux had two hits each for Shepherd.

In Sunday's opener, the Rams pounded out 18 hits, including Drummond's grand slam in the sixth when Shepherd erased a 8-6 deficit. Shepherd got three insurance runs on an RBI double by Walck and a two-run single by Jason Rhea.

Preston Miller pitched six innings for Shepherd, allowing five runs on seven hits while pitching without the benefit of a day's rest.

Shepherd eliminated West Virginia State late Saturday by using three two-run innings. Walck had three hits and scored twice while Rhea and Mike Spry each hit two-run doubles.

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