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SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE - Thursday, April 14, 2005 13 Jefferson ended its two-game losing skid in memorable fashion. With Jonathan Hash going five innings and relievers Brian Col- lins and Richie Nelson one inmng each, the three Jefferson pitch- ers combined for a no-hitter in the Cougars' 9-0 blanking of Tuscaro- ra High. Jefferson was 6-3 overall and the Titans were 1-4 Hash struck out 10 in his five innings of hitless pitching, while Collins fanned all three of the bat- ters he retired and Nelson got one man on strikes. Hash improved his early-sea- son record to 2-0 as he walked only one man. The Cougars used base running and some early runs to put more pressure on the Titans. Gage Levac scored Jefferson's first run when he was hit by a pitch, quickly stole second and moved on to third base when the catcher's throw sailed into the out- field. I~vac gave the Cougars a 1: 0 lead when he scored on a wild pitch. David Smith scored the game's second run after he doubled and rode home on the second of Tusca- rora's five errors. Will Grantham's double plated the third run. Corie Gust'rues, Grantham, and Levac had RBIs in rallies m the third and fourth innings. The Jefferson scoring was con- cluded when Tom Teyssier got an RBI when he walked with the bas- es loaded. The Cougars actually scored at least one run in their fi~t five at- bats. Gustines had two of the Jeffer- son hits. The win came after successive losses to Wren (SC) and Notre Dame Academy of Middleburg m the Hawaiian Tropic Invitational tournament in Myrtle Beach. Jefferson had eight hits and committed only one infield error. Tuscarora is a second-year school in Frederick County, Maryland and has no senior class this year. remained unbeat- a pair of abbreviated worn- wins over visiting Lady Rams kept their spotless with the Lady was 11-0 in the had 17-7 overall. Con- 1-11 in the WVIAC 4 overall. Zappacosta was the game's winning pitch- Concord to one hit game struck out five hot allow any walks. g.oihg scoreless in the Shepherd was eight runs in the next three innings. Shepherd had nine hits, in- cluding two each by Jennifer Canby and Stephanie Sims. Canby, Sims, and Julie Scher- pf all had two RBIs. Sims was the recipient of Shepherd's 12-hit offensive attack in the nightcap The Lady Rams plated 10 runs in the explosive third inning to provide the firepower to end the second game after 4 1/2 innings. Jamie Griffin had a two-run home run in the 10-run third inning. Canby and Megan Zahnow each contributed three hits to the Lady Rams' 12-hit attack Wacker chipped in with two more hits and Brooke Small had two runs batted in. Sims improved her record to 3-1 as she spaced four Lady Mountain Lion hits and was helped by Shepherd's error- less defense. Concord's Stacy Miller had two of Concord's four hits. It was Miller who had Concord's only hit in the opener A typical late-game rally kept the Shepherd women's softball team unbeaten in the WVIAC as the .Lady Rams scored three runs in the sixth inning to earn a come-from-behind, 4-3, win over over visiting Salem in the first game of a league doubleheader. Salem was able to deal the Lady Rams their first conference losswith a well-pitched, 2-1, sec- ond-game win. Shepherd was 12-1 in the WVIAC and 18-8 overall, while the Lady Tigers were 4-6 in the conference and 6-20 overall. Shepherd's opening-game winning rally was fueled by Mia Zappacosta's double Zappacosta scored the first run in the three- run rally when Brooke Small ripped an RBI double Small advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored to give the Lady Rams a 3-2 lead on Julie Scherpfs sacrific fly. Alyssa Rowe drew a walk and scored the inning's third run on Stephanie Sims' single. Karen Burnette went the dis- tance for Shepherd in notching her fifth win of the campaign against only two losses. Burnette allowed six hits. Small and Zappacosta each had two doubles. The nightcap saw Shepherd plate its only run in the first Pitcher Shannon Leighty was scored on in the third and the game was 1-1 into the Salem fifth where the Lady Tigers scored again to take a 2-1 lead. Kelly Sharp, who had a solo homer in the first game, came in to pitch for the Lady Tigers in the fourth and posted shut- out innings until the end to earn the win. Charla Wacker had two of Shepherd's six hits in the nightcap, but without enough run support Leighty dropped her first game against four pre- vious wins. The success WVU had in the NCAA tournament focused more national attention on its program'and coaches. Assistant coach Jeff Neubauer, 34, had been with coach John Beilein for eight seasons. Neubauer was hired by Eastern Kentucky, a team that was in the recent NCAA tournament and had its coach, Travis Ford, move on to coach at Massachusetts. I l~y Bob Madison thy name is ab- as LOB . . . "left on needed just one of the extra innings a loss to Mt. Olive, process that ans an 8-6 winner . . and the game to go only sev- as the nightcap of a the Rams' Collin a solo homer in of the seventh, Shep- back even at 3-3 af- for most of the gray- relief pitchers and Scott ~eded to blank Trojans in innings but the Rams get the one run needed split of the Thursday games. (Pa.) Shippensburg Shepherd's 14- winning SWeeping a double- the Lady Rams. 5-2 and 9-1 as Raiders jumped overall record was 14-7 Rams' winningest Burnette, took as Ship- for four runs to snap a 1-1 4-2. MacPherson ira- record to 3-0 by ad six hits in the Finally, in the Mt. Olive 12th, another Shepherd relief pitch- er, Austin Bowie (after his two shutout innings) faltered badly and the Trojans scored the five runs it took to get a win that swept the Rams. Shepherd could have given itself a split of the two games in the first extra inning -- the eighth With the bases loaded and just one out, Mt. Olive drew its outfield in and did the same with its infielders. But Shepherd pinch hit- ter Matt Noll struck out and outfielder Jerry Jubb did the same. The three base runners left stranded meant the Rams had an "LOB" column that had nine Shepherd faces there.' Neither team could do any run-damage in innings nine, ten, and eleven. In the Shep- herd llth, Noll had a one-out single but Jubb bunted into a opener and Shippensburg had seven off Burnette and Shan- non Leighty, who came on to pitch in the sixth. Brooke Small drove in the Lady Rams' first run and Steph- anie Sims scored the second run after she singled and finally scored on one of Shippensburg's two first-game errors. In the nightcap, Shippens- burg scored twice in the second to take a 2-0 lead against Shep- herd starting pitcher Mia Zap- pacosta. The Lady Red Raiders had a 5-0 lead before Shepherd punched across its lone run in the top of the sixth. When Shippensburg plat- ed four runs in the sixth off | 1-6-3 doube play . . . and the game rode on into the 12th. Bowie, normally Shepherd's "closer", trotted out to "begin his third inning of duty. He couldn't carbon-paper his first two scoreless innings and the Trojans jumped his deliveries for five runs when the first six hitters in the frame all reached base. The damage could have been minimized, but Bowie's throw- ing error on an attempted sac- rifice bunt not only prolonged the misery but was added as one of the five runs. After Bowie threw away Anthony Williams' bunt, he walked two straight men to force in a run. Mt. Olive was just happy to finally score (taking a 4-3 lead) after being without any runs since the seventh But the Tro- jans would be giddy after Bowie gave up Stephen Nordan's two- run single to right and Josh Shepherd relief pitcher Maggie Smith, who had replaced Zap- pacosta in the three-run Red Raider fourth, the game was ended on the eight-run mercy rule. Shepherd's only run in the nightcap was scored by Meghan Zahnow, who had singled in front ofAlyssa Rowe's RBI single. Shepherd collected six hits in the second game, while Ship- pensburg had eight hits off the combined efforts of Zappacosta and Smith. Shepherd also committed three errors. Zappacosta's r~- cord was 2-3 with the loss, which was Shepherd's second since its season-opening trip to North Carolina. Carter's RBI single to center. Mt. Olive had an 8-3 lead with five 12th-inning runs. And there were no outs. Trojans' pitcher Bryan Cor- bett, who had come on in the fourth, hit into a double play and Bowie finally reached the safety of his dugout by getting an inning-ending ground out. Five Mt. Olive runs. Those runs seemed to be enough against a team that also hadn't scored since the seventh. Those runs were barely enough Shepherd would actu- ally have the tieing run at first when the game ended on Noll's 'ground out to shortstop. Three Shepherd runs came across as Collin Brown be- gan the belated rally with a bunt single and went to sec- ond on Nicky Brown!s single off the leaping second baseman's glove David Toth lived on the short- stop's error as Collin Brown scored a run Shepherd could have used to end the game an hour before. Jamison Jarvis drilled a run-scoring double to the base of the fence in right and Ryan Harju lined an RBI single. It was an 8-6 game and Shep- herd had base runner at first and third with two outs when Noll was retired by Corbett. In all, Shepherd stranded 11 runners .in much the same beastly scenario as had been seen in the day's opener The loss in the nightcap meant a four-game skid for the Rams and a second straight Fairfax Field loss, after open- ing the year with eight consecu- tive wins on the home grounds "LOB" was the most impor- tant column when searching for answers in the box score. Not the 13 hits nor the 20 base runners the Rams had. There were few clutch hits and none in extra innings un- til the 12th when Shepherd was behind by five runs.