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Juniata Baseball Grabs First-Round Conference Win

(Posted May 5, 2004)

Juniata catcher Zach Sternberg recorded three hits including a solo home run as the Eagles topped Moravian 10-2 in Commonwealth postseason action.

Juniata 10, Moravian 2

Huntingdon, Pa. ? The Juniata College baseball team pounded out 13 hits while limiting the visiting Moravian College Greyhounds to five hits en route to a 10-2 victory in Commonwealth Conference postseason action in Huntingdon Wednesday afternoon. The second-seeded Eagles will play top seed Messiah in Reading on Friday afternoon. Moravian will play Elizabethtown, which dropped a 1-0 decision to Messiah on Wednesday, in an elimination game Friday morning. Juniata improved to 22-14 with the win, while the Greyhounds are now 13-21.

Juniata took control of the game with a four-run fourth inning that put the Eagles on top 7-1. David Saintz (Titusville/Titusville) drove home Troy Beaver (Bellwood-Antis/Bellwood) and Matt Garner (Bellwood-Antis/Bellwood) with a one-out single to start the rally. Will Russell (Tyrone/Tyrone) followed with a two-run home run to left and the Eagles held the 7-1 lead.

That lead would be plenty for Juniata hurler Jayme Fye (Philipsburg/Philipsburg) who allowed one run while scattering four hits. Fye fanned five batters during the game and walked three.

Moravian got on the scoreboard in the second inning after Juniata had jumped to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first Darren Hake (Red Lion/Red Lion) and Zach Sternberg (McCaskey/Lancaster) each notched RBI singles in the bottom of the first to give Juniata the lead. Moravian answered with a run in the top of the second, with Pete Moore delivering an RBI single to plate Mike Trimble and cut the lead to 2-1. Fye battled back and retired the next hitter to strand a pair of runners.

The Eagles manufactured the third run without benefit of a hit. Walt Goedkoop (Manheim Township/Lancaster) walked and stole second. A pair of fly balls moved him to third then home, making the score 2-1 and setting up Juniata?s big fourth inning.

A sacrifice fly from Beaver brought home Sternberg with Juniata?s eighth run in the bottom of the fifth.

Fye was able to pitch out of jams in the fifth and seventh innings. The Greyhounds put a pair of runners on with two outs in the fifth by Fye struck out the next batter to end the inning. In the seventh, again with two outs, Fye walked a pair of hitters, then got out of the jam with a fly out to left.

Juniata capped its scoring in the bottom of the seventh. Sternberg recorded his third hit of the game, this time a solo home run to leftfield. Then with two outs Beaver doubled and came home on a triple from Saintz. It was Saintz?s seventh triple of the season, which breaks the Juniata single-game record.

Moravian got a single run in the eighth as Richie Cline hit a solo homer of Juniata reliever Derek Tyson (Penns Valley/Penns Valley). Tyson closed out the eight and then Eric Hatten (Dubois/Dubois) pitched a perfect ninth to seal the win.

Sternberg led the Eagle attack with a 3-for-5 performance with two RBI and a pair of runs scored. Saintz also had three hits while driving in three runs and scoring one. Beaver finished 2-for-3 with one RBI and two runs scored. Hake added a pair of hits for the Eagles while Goedkoop scored a pair of runs.

Cline was 2-for-4 on the game for Moravian with an RBI and a run scored. Moore also notched a pair of hits.

Stephen Tomaszewski was dealt the loss for Moravian as he allowed seven runs, just five earned, on seven hits in four innings of work. Brett Porter pitched four innings of relief for the Greyhounds surrendering three runs on six hits.

Juniata will now deal with regular-season conference champion Messiah. The Falcons took two-of-three from Juniata during the regular season.

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