GLENVILLE, W. Va. – The Thomas Jefferson University baseball team (0-2) took host Glenville State (5-0) to extra innings in both games of its season-opening doubleheader on Saturday, but came up short in the contests, 1-0 in eight innings and 6-5 in nine frames.
GAME ONE – L, 1-0 (8 inn.)
The first matchup of the 2020 season was a pitcher's duel as Rams' junior Patrick Hohlfeld and the Pioneers' starter Jesse Weathers combined for 13 scoreless innings. Hohlfeld held the Glenville State offense to just four hits over seven frames with six strikeouts and only one walk. Jefferson struggled to solve Weathers, picking up only one hit in six innings.
The Pioneers had the best scoring opportunity in the bottom of the fourth. The leadoff hitter doubled then stole third but Hohlfeld recovered to get the next three batters out with the ball never leaving the infield. The Rams had three runners reach second base during the contest but could not push a run across. Glenville State finally won it in the bottom of the eighth with a leadoff homer.
GAME TWO – L, 6-5 (9 inn.)
The Rams' offense came alive for three runs in the opening stanza. Jefferson loaded the bases with two outs and junior CJ Goodz came up with a bases-clearing double to put the Rams ahead 3-0. A leadoff homer by the Pioneers in the first made the score 3-1.
Glenville State cut the deficit to one (5-4) with a three-run third, recording an RBI double and two RBI singles. The Pioneers evened the score with a leadoff home run in the fifth. After Jefferson's early offensive output, it only had three runners advance to scoring position for the rest of the contest as the Glenville State pitching staff locked down.
In the bottom of the ninth, the Pioneers opened the inning with a single. After a sacrifice bunt, GSC won it with an RBI single to center.
The Rams finish their three-game series with Glenville State on Sunday, February 16 at 1 p.m.