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Golden Eagles Sweep DH At PSU Beaver To Start Season

Cade Cummings had a great day on the mound and at the plate against PSU Beaver.
Cade Cummings had a great day on the mound and at the plate against PSU Beaver.

The second game at PSU Beaver mirrored the first, as the Golden Eagles had big innings opening with four runs in the first, five in the fourth and five more in the top of the seventh winning 16-4 in no-doubt fashion as they shelled three Lions pitchers for 12 hits.

Things got out of hand quickly for PSU Beaver as seven of the first eight KSU Tusc batters reached base safely. Easton Guspyt, Kyle Stotzer and Lucas Kail all walked to load the bases for Blaze Clark who singled Guspyt home with the game's first run, before a passed ball brought Stotzer home and the runners moved to second and third. Kade Rainsberg got a free pass to load the bases once again and Zach Brannick singled two runs home for a 4-0 lead before the uprising was squelched.

The Lions scored once in the bottom of the home half of the first with two hits, as they left two men on base and starting pitcher Austin Black settled in.

KSU Tusc added a run in the second and third innings on RBI singles by Stotzer and Brannick, as the Navy and Gold's lead swelled to 6-1. The Eagles however, we not done yet!

In the top of the fourth, Trevor Donaldson smacked a double into the outfield and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Guspyt brought him home with an RBI single and the Eagles loaded the based again as Stotzer was aided by a fielder's choice and Cade Cummings singled. Kail reached first on an error as Guspyt scored, Rainsberg pushed Stotzer home by drawing a bases-loaded walk and Black singled home Kail and Cummings for an 11-1 lead.

Through four innings the Lions had just three hits before they scored twice in the bottom of the fifth and added another in the bottom of the sixth cutting into the Golden Eagles 10-run lead, but they still trailed 11-4.

With two outs in the top of the final inning, the Golden Eagles went to work again and loaded the bases as Guspyt and Cumming singled and Stotzer drew a walk. The Lions made a pitching change, before Kail walked to force home Guspyt, and a subsequent passed ball moved runners to second and third as Stotzer stole home. Blaze Clark stepped into the batter's box and slammed a three-run homer to complete the scoring and a 16-4 KSU Tusc win as the winners scored five runs on three hits on the top of the seventh inning.

Austin Black was the winning pitcher going the distance and scattering eight hits, allowing two earned runs, striking out three and walking four.

At the plate, the Golden Eagles got two hits from Guspyt, Cummings, Clark and Brannick in the second game, with Clark driving in four runs and Brannick bringing home three. For the afternoon, Clark, a freshman from Coshocton, Ohio, was 5/9 at the plate with eight RBIs while adding a home run and a double. Cummings was also 5/9 on the afternoon, scored four runs and had a double as well.