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Eagles Baseball Wins Second Game of Doubleheader

(Posted April 26, 2005)

Walt Goedkoop went 3-for-3 with a home run, two doubles and three runs scored as Juniata earned an 8-0 win in the second game of its conference doubleheader.

Widener 3, Juniata 1
Juniata 8, Widener 0

Huntingdon, Pa. ? Walt Goedkoop (Manheim Township/Lancaster) went 3-for-3 with three runs scored, and Jason Enoch (Hempfield/Landisville) pitched a complete-game shutout as the Juniata College baseball team rebounded from a 3-1 loss in the first game of its doubleheader against Widener, to post an 8-0 victory in the second game of the twin-bill in Huntingdon Tuesday afternoon. The split brought Juniata?s record to 21-13 overall and 12-6 in the Commonwealth. Widener now stands at 21-11 on the year and 11-7 in the conference.

After managing just one run on five hits in the opening game, the Eagles exploded with a four-run, five-hit second inning to take control of game two. Goedkoop blasted a lead-off homer to start the frame. The solo shot gave the junior 43 RBI on the season, which set a new Juniata single-season record. Frank Liscio (SLW Centennial/Port St. Lucie, Fla.) and Troy Beaver (Bellwood-Antis/Bellwood) each added RBI singles in the frame, while a fielder?s choice brought in one more run.

That was all the offense Enoch would need as the Eagles? freshman hurler went the distance to capture his third win of the season. He allowed just three hits in tossing his second shutout of the season, and fanned eight on the day.

Juniata?s offense continued to add to the tally with three run in the third. Russell drove in Goedkoop with a single to start the scoring, and RBI singles from Jesse Leonard (Shade/Johnstown) and Darren Hake (Red Lion/Red Lion) made the margin 7-0 Juniata. The Eagles tacked on the final run in the fourth when Goedkoop posted his second double of the game, and came in on a single from Zach Sternberg (McCaskey/Lancaster).

Along with Goedkoop?s 3-for-3 effort, Leonard, Russell and Liscio each had a pair of hits in the game. Rob Schuck went three innings for Widener and was charged with the loss.

In game one, Juniata put 11 runners on base and got solid pitching efforts from Cody Zong (Lewistown/McVeytown) and Jeff Hayes (Indian Valley/Lewistown) but could not break through against Widener pitching.

Tony Meccariello went five innings and allowed five hits and one earned run with nine strikeouts to earn his fifth win of the season for the Pioneers.

After three scoreless innings from Zong, the visitors broke through with three runs in the top of the fourth. Brian Campbell singled in the first run of the game to chase Zong. B.J. Hogan then delivered a two-RBI single off Hayes to put the Pioneers up 3-0. All three runs were charged to Zong who dropped to 5-1 with the loss.

Juniata got one run back in the bottom of the fifth. Beaver led off with a single and stole second and then scored on a two-out double from Russell.

The Eagles threatened again in the sixth but were unable to cut into the lead. Leonard led off with a single. Meccariello then left the game with arm trouble only to have reliever Walt Albright walk Juniata pinch-hitter Matt Garner (Bellwood-Antis/Bellwood). After a failed sacrifice bunt brought the first out, a balk moved both runners into scoring position. Campbell then came on to pitch for the Pioneers and forced a pop-out and a fly-out to end the inning.

Campbell retired Juniata in order in the seventh to earn the save.

Beaver paced the Juniata offense in the game as he went 2-for-4 with a run scored.

Juniata returns to action on Wednesday with a non-conference doubleheader against Penn State-Altoona, which will be played at Blair County Ballpark in Altoona.

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