Shaw Drops High-Scoring Doubleheader to Virginia State
(Petersburg, VA) - Holding a three-run lead going into the bottom half of the seventh in today's second game, Shaw gave up four runs, allowing Virginia State to sweep the doubleheader. The Bears dropped the first game 12-5 and lost the heartbreaker 10-9 when a walk-off single brought home the winning run for the Trojans.
Shaw pitching continues to struggle with giving up big-run innings. In the first game, Franklyn Johnson gave up two in the first, then six in the second inning. Shaw would take advantage of walks and Virginia State errors to bring home five runs – only one of which was earned – in the sixth.
In that sixth inning, Anthony Lewis got a one-out double and was eventually driven in by Jerrell Harvey's sacrifice grounder. The Bears then combined three singles, two errors and a walk into four more runs to cut the VSU lead to 9-5.
Harvey, in relief for Johnson, gave up another three runs in the bottom of the sixth for the final of 12-5.
The Bears had only five hits – from five different players – in the first game. Patrick Crews drove in two runs for Shaw.
It was Shaw that built the early lead in the second game, scoring three runs – all unearned – in the second to take a 3-0 lead. The Trojans took a run in the bottom of the second, but the Bears added another two in the fourth for a 5-1 lead.
With the lead at 6-2, Shaw pitching gave up four runs in the bottom of the sixth, allowing VSU to tie the game at six.
Shaw came back in the top of the seventh when Stephen Pigford opened the inning with a single, then came home when Marcquis Phillips reached base on an error. Roy Maddox was later driven in by Larry Johnson and Americus Williams drove home Phillips. The Bears left the half inning with a three-run, 9-6, lead.
The Trojans answered immediately, putting five of six batters on base, finally ending the game with a walk-off single that drove in the fourth run for the 10-9 win.
In the second game, the Bears collected eight hits, including two each from Jeremiah Gandy and Williams. Phillips scored four of Shaw's nine runs and Williams had three RBI.
The Bears return home Saturday, February 26 for a single game against Benedict. Game time is 1:00 p.m. All Shaw home games are played at Lions Park, 516 Dennis Avenue, Raleigh.