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Baseball Rallies For Doubleheader Sweep

(Posted April 18, 2006)

Walt Goedkoop went 2-for-4 with three RBI and a run scored as Juniata rallied past IUP.

Juniata 17, Indiana (Pa.) 4
Juniata 10, Indiana (Pa.) 8

HUNTINGDON, Pa. ? The Juniata College baseball team totaled 27 runs and pounded out 27 hits over two games to help the Eagles earn a doubleheader sweep of visiting Indiana University (Pa.) in Huntingdon Tuesday afternoon. The Eagles claimed game one 17-4 and then rallied to earn a 10-8 win in game two to improve their record to 20-8-1 on the season. IUP fell to 9-33 with the pair of losses.

The Eagles got the bats started early in game one as they scored five runs on five hits in the bottom of the second. A two-RBI double from David Saintz (Titusville/Titusville) brought in the final pair of runs, which were all scored with two outs. Juniata then earned a nearly insurmountable lead by putting eight runs across in the bottom of the third. Saintz and Josh Lingenfelter (Claysburg-Kimmel/Claysburg) each had RBI doubles in the frame while Lingenfelter drove in two runs with a single in his second at-bat of the inning. Darren Hake (Red Lion/Red Lion), Troy Beaver (Bellwood-Antis/Bellwood) also had RBI singles in the inning, while Will Russell (Tyrone/Tyrone) was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to bring on another run. Juniata sent 12 men to the plate in the inning, and faced three different IUP pitchers in the frame.

The early 13-run cushion was more than enough for Juniata starter Paul Dunklebarger (State College/State College) who tossed five scoreless innings. The sophomore allowed just two hits and struck out seven to claim his second win of the year. IUP starter Chase McNutt fell to 0-3 on the year as he went 2 2-3 innings, allowing eight runs on seven hits.

Juniata added to its lead with two runs in both the fourth and sixth innings. Walt Goedkoop (Manheim Township/Lancaster) brought in two runs with a single in the fourth, and then knocked in another with a single in the sixth. Jason Enoch (Hempfield/Landisville) drove in Juniata?s final run with an RBI single in the sixth.

Indiana got on the scoreboard in the sixth with a Matt Sedley sacrifice fly plating the visitor?s first run of the game. Darren Guidash tripled home another run in the seventh and then another sacrifice fly and an infield error brought home the final two runs for the Indians.

Goedkoop, Beaver, Hake, Lingenfelter and Jesse Leonard (Shade/Johnstown) all had two hits for Juniata, with Goedkoop and Lingenfelter both driving in three runs. Saintz led the team with four RBI, while Beaver and Leonard each scored three runs. Aaron Albert paced IUP with two hits.

Juniata was forced to come-from-behind in game two as the Eagles pushed across a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth to break an 8-8 tie and claim the win. Beaver knocked in the first run with a single and then came home on an infield error as the Eagles took the lead. Jeff Hayes (Indian Valley/Lewistown) pitched 1 1-3 innings of scoreless relief to get the win, while Enoch got the three outs in the ninth to claim a save.

Juniata was forced to rally after IUP knocked in four runs on four hits in the top of the first. Shayne Busti delivered a two-run homer in the inning while Brett Krizanik added an RBI double for the Indians. Both teams pushed across runs in the third as Indiana got an RBI single from Sean Foor and Juniata answered with a run-scoring hit from Goedkoop. After IUP added another run in the top of the fourth, Juniata took its first lead by pushing across seven runs with the help of two Indians errors in the bottom of the fourth. A Dan DeRosa (Kingston/Kingston, N.Y.) double brought in the first run with an error then leading to the next tally. Goedkoop later delivered a bases-loaded single to plate a pair of runs and then Russell cleared the bases with a triple. Lingenfelter followed with another double to give Juniata an 8-6 lead.

The visitors answered with a pair of runs in the fifth as Ryan Mostyn delivered a two-run homer to tie the score at eight.

Mark Rager was charged with the loss in relief for IUP in the contest. Goedkoop and Beaver both had a pair of hits for Juniata with Goedkoop driving in three runs and Beaver scoring twice. Albert against led the visitors with four hits, while five other players finished with a pair of hits.

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

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