Saturday, March 23, 2013

Rock Hardballers Top West Chester

Jovanovich, Schneider lead Rock hardballers past West Chester

Kevin Jovanovich collected three RBIs and Kyle Schneider struck out nine batters in Sunday's 4-1 win over the defending NCAA Division II national champions


AUBURNDALE, Pa. – Junior utilityman Kevin Jovanovich collected three RBIs and sophomore right-hander Kyle Schneider struck out nine batters Sunday afternoon to lead Slippery Rock University to a 4-1 win over West Chester University in a battle of NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional baseball teams at Lake Myrtle Park.

The win snapped a two-game losing streak for The Rock, who improved their season record to 10-4.

West Chester, the reigning NCAA Division II national champion, saw its season record fall to 5-7-1.

Jovanovich gave SRU a 1-0 lead with a sacrifice fly in the top of the first inning, then added a two-run single as part of a three-run seventh-inning eruption by The Rock.

Senior second baseman Matt Curtis and junior shortstop Will Kengor were each 3-for-4 as part of a nine-hit Rock offensive attack. Junior catcher Ryan LaRose earned a bases-loaded walk to push across the final Rock run in the seventh inning.

Schneider allowed one earned run on six hits and walked three batters in the first seven and one-third innings to pick up his fourth win in as many decisions this spring.

Junior right-hander John Kovalik struck out two batters in the final one and one-third innings and picked up his fourth save of the season.

The Rock continue their spring-break schedule when they take on Hillsdale College of Michigan in a 10 a.m. single game Monday at Chain O'Lakes Park in Winter Haven.

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