Turks and River Bandits Split Doubleheader


WP: McCoy (3-0)- 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
LP: Dufresne (0-3)- 6 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K


WP: Morgan (1-0)- 5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
LP: Ziemba (2-1)- 4.2 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

HARRISONBURG, Va., July 9, 2015 – Playing a doubleheader due to a rainout on June 27th, the Turks took game one 4-0 and dropped game two 7-0 in a split decision Thursday night at Veterans Memorial Park.

The Turks took an early lead when Jared Baker singled to start the inning, took second base on a wild pitch and scored on Tripp Shelton’s RBI single two batters later.

Erik Garcia’s double in the 4th would double the Turks lead as Jared Baker raced around the bases to score for the second time. The score would jump to 3-0 thanks to an Aaron Dodson sacrifice fly with the bases loaded and then jump again to 4-0 after Erik Garcia launched a long solo home run, his first of the season, over the left field fence.

Harrisonburg native and JMU sophomore Tucker McCoy was handed the ball for his second start of the season and pitched well, striking out three and scattering two hits over six scoreless innings. Matt Hartman made his first relief appearance and successfully got the final three outs of the game to secure the win.

Erik Garcia 2-for-3 performance at the plate included a run scored and two runs batted in to lead the Harrisonburg offense. Shane Billings, Steve McLean and Tripp Shelton also collected two hits each.

While Andrew Selby and John Wilt accounted for Woodstock’s only two hits, Christian Dufresne pitched all 6 innings on the hill. The Rockledge, Florida native allowed four runs (all earned) on nine hits and struck out four.

The Turks didn’t fair quite as well in the night’s second game, falling to the River Bandits 7-0.

Marist’s Joey Aiola doubled to right-center field and advanced to third when Jesse Baker bobbled the ball at the wall. Collin Nyunheis pushed him across with a 4-3 RBI groundout in the next at-bat. The run gave the River Bandits a 1-0 lead that proved to be all they needed to earn the victory.

Shane Billings teammate at Wingate, Hunter Morgan, shut down the Turks with five scoreless innings. Relievers Hunter McIntosh and Chris Ward came out of the bullpen to toss a scoreless inning each.

Seven River Bandits recorded at least one hit as an impressive response after only two hits in the first game.

James Ziemba allowed a season-high four earned runs (plus one unearned run) on seven hits over 4.2 innings. Patrick Herbelin was called on in relief, but could not slow the River Bandits down, allowing two runs on three hits.

Joe Lytle and Jared Baker both went 2-for-3 to account for four of Harrisonburg’s hits while Billings went 1-for-1 with two walks to account for the fifth.

The Turks return to the diamond tomorrow night when the Strasburg Express make their way to Veterans Memorial Park. First pitch is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. As always, we hope to see you there; go Turks!