Softball shakes off early season jitters

The Millersville softball team has recorded an impressive eight wins since returning from their trip to Florida two weeks ago. Their record stands at 11-9 after starting the season 3-7.

In the Marauder’s first home series of the season against Philadelphia University on Monday, they hit and pitched well to win both games of the doubleheader.

In game one, the Marauders received a strong pitching performance from senior Janelle Mrakovich, going seven innings and only allowing three earned runs.  The team rallied for four runs in the last three innings to win the game 4-3.

“I think Florida was a learning experience for us and during that time we grew as a team and we have been playing great together ever since,” Mrakovich said. “We all know that each of us have a job to do and we sacrifice what needs to be sacrificed for the team to play well together. When we do that we win games, plain and simple. We are staying very aggressive during our at bats as well.”

Mrakovich also shined in the second game of the doubleheader knocking in five runs, three of which came from a bases-loaded double.  Freshman pitcher Brittany Peterson allowed only four hits in 6.2 innings.

After suffering two tough losses to Georgian Court University on Wednesday, the Marauders got back to their winning ways knocking off Holy Family University 8-7 and 7-1 in a doubleheader the next day.

The team scored four runs in the top of the ninth and held off a three run bottom of the ninth from Holy Family to win a tight game.  Peterson recorded another victory, pitching the final four innings after senior Emily Flieger started the game.

Juniors Lindsay Hosier, Amy Kossyk, and Jill Golomboski each had two hit games for Millersville.

The Marauders continued their late inning success in the second game of the doubleheader knocking in four runs in the top of the seventh to put the game out of reach.  Kossyk blasted a solo home run in the fourth inning to help the team to a 7-1 win.

Freshmen Brittany Peterson delivers a pitch during Millersville's win against the University of Sciences. Photo by: Christian Shuts.
Freshmen Brittany Peterson delivers a pitch during Millersville's win against the University of Sciences. Photo by: Christian Shuts.

Sophomore Courtney Eckman pitched a complete game only allowing one earned run to Holy Family.

Over the weekend the Marauders had two doubleheaders, a home series against University of the Sciences of Philadelphia and an away game against Columbia Union College in Maryland.

Once again the team was led by a great performance from pitcher Courtney Eckman in the first game, only allowing one run in a 4-1 victory.  The Marauders exploded for nine runs in the second game, including a seven-run fifth inning.  Senior Shaina Briel led the team going 3 for 4, with a home run and three runs batted in.

Millersville remained confident as they traveled to Maryland the next day for another doubleheader.  Their success at the plate continued, scoring nine runs in the first game to pick up a 9-2 win.

The Marauders held Columbia Union to three hits and one run winning the second game 5-1.  Freshman Dana Bozzetto, and Eckman both pitched to improve the team’s winning streak to six games.

Junior shortstop and leadoff hitter Lindsay Hosier is happy with the team’s performance.
“The team has looked very confident,” Hosier said. “Our team seems to mesh very well together.  I feel that this year we have the best talent on our team in the past three years and as a team we are more prepared and more advanced in our skills.”

The Marauders will play five games this weekend in the West Virginia Weslyan Tournament in Salem, Virginia.  Their next home game is March 27th against Shippensburg.