LHU: Baseball falls to UNC Pembroke in series finale

PEMBROKE, N.C. – The Lock Haven University baseball team (1-2) fell to the UNC Pembroke Braves (5-2) 18-4 in the series finale on Sunday afternoon, dropping the series 1-2.

Isaac Porter (Beech Creek, Pa./St. Bonaventure) put the Bald Eagles on the board in the first, doubling down the left field line to score Jake Mastillo (Moscow, Pa./North Pocono) who had advanced to second on a passed ball after knocking a single up the middle. UNC Pembroke hit right back, adding three runs in the bottom of the first to propel themselves to an early 3-1 lead.

Lock Haven cut the Braves lead to one in the top of the second, making it 3-2 on a single from Gavin Troutman (Oley Valley, Pa./Catholic Oley Valley) that brought home Colby Hiddemen (Honey Brook, Pa./Twin Valley). Hiddemen had singled to start the inning, moving to second on a groundout from Joey Lowen (Pittsburgh, Pa./Mount Lebanon (Onondaga CC)) before arriving at third on a wild pitch.

The Braves answered with three runs in the bottom of the second to go up 6-2, and tacked on nine more in the bottom of the fourth after a scoreless third inning. UNC Pembroke continued to pour on the runs, adding one in the fifth and two in the sixth to take an 18-2 lead in to the final innings.

Brandon Miller (Lock Haven, Pa./Central Mountain) singled to kick off the top of the ninth, and Blaise Zeiders (Selinsgrove, Pa./Selinsgrove) was able to reach safely on a fielder’s choice, which also saw Miller safely advance to third due to a throwing error. A wild pitch advanced Zeiders to second, and a passed ball brought home Miller and pushed Zeiders to third. Justin Lichtenwalner (Landisville, Pa./Hempfield) crossed Zeiders with a sacrifice fly to make it 18-4, but the comeback stopped there as UNC Pembroke shut down the Bald Eagles offense to secure the victory.

Hiddemen led the Bald Eagles with three hits, adding a walk and a run, while Mastillo finished the afternoon 2-4 with a run. Porter and Troutman finished 1-4, tallying an RBI each along with Lichtenwalner.

Santino Nav (Philadelphia/Roman Catholic) earned the loss, allowing eight hits, nine runs, and two walks while striking out two.

UP NEXT: The Bald Eagles return to action on February 28 when they open the 2020 PSAC-MEC Crossover at Glenville State against Fairmont State. First pitch is set for 12:45 p.m.