FERRUM, Virginia -- Ferrum College scored a run in the bottom of the ninth inning to complete a three-game baseball sweep of visiting Alfred State College, winning 13-12 in non-conference action this afternoon at Panther Field. Ferrum took yesterday's doubleheader, winning the opener 11-3 and the nightcap 10-9.
Alfred State (0-5)
Alfred State opened scoring with a pair of runs in the top the first inning. The Panthers answered with six runs in the bottom of the frame then Pioneers scored three in the second to trim the lead to 6-5.
Ferrum rallied for six runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to open a comfortable 12-5 lead, picking up two on Dylan Sereno's RBI double to left center. Going quietly was the last thing on the Pioneers' minds, as they exploded for seven runs in the top of the fifth inning to deadlock the game at 12-12.
Neither team could muster a run for the next three innings, setting up an exciting ninth. Alfred State got things going in the top of the frame, but Ferrum relief pitcher Matthew Sheppard shut things down with a strikeout that left three Pioneer runners on base.
With one out in the bottom of the ninth, Sereno doubled to left. Grayson Chitwood then ripped a 1-1 pitch to left for an RBI double, allowing Sereno to score the game-winning run from second. Sereno, Chitwood, Benjamin Thomas and Justin Brady each collected a pair of base hits today.
Ferrum: RP Sheppard (W, 2-0) 1 inn, 1 h, 1K; Sereno 2-4, 2 doubles, 3 runs, 2 RBI
Alfred State: RP Jon White (L, 0-1) 4.2 inn, 3 h, 3K; Devin Merrsman 3-5, double, run, 3 RBI
Coach Ryan Brittle's team will be back in action Saturday and Sunday, February 26-27, at home with a pair of doubleheaders against Penn State Harrisburg. Both doubleheaders begin at 12:00 p.m. at Panther Field.