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Baseball battles Mansfield

Millersville’s baseball team got off to a rough start to their conference play this weekend losing three of four against Mansfield. The Marauders kicked off the weekend at home on Friday, splitting the double-header.

Game one of Friday’s double-header saw Mansfield’s Chris Zelko throw a complete game one hitter. Zelko had a no hitter going through the fifth inning, when Millersville’s freshman Carlos Medina finally got a single in the bottom of the sixth.

His hit was quickly erased though when senior Ryan McCormick hit into a double play on the next at bat. Zelko had no issues from there on out and retired the remaining Millersville batters to complete his shut out.

Mansfield was able to put up two runs in the fourth inning on a single by Chris Coleman and then a walk to Matt Hamilton. Glen Jenkins then hit a double, which was enough to score both of the runners, and put the game out of reach as they went on to win 2-0.

Millersville’s senior Forrest Mengle was given the loss in game one. Mengle also threw a complete game and only gave up four hits and two runs. However, the lack of offense from the Marauders and ace pitching from Mansfield was too much for Millersville.

In game two Millersville found themselves in another pitching duel, this time led by senior Ryan Stauffer who held off the Mountaineers, as Millersville was able to take game two with a score of 2-0.

Stauffer was able to give up just four hits and held the Mountaineers scoreless. Mansfield also had another impressive outing on the mound in game two, this time by Bryan Wilde. Wilde and Stauffer went into the sixth inning still in a scoreless game, but it was Millersville who was able to gain the upper hand.

Senior Corey Phelan led off the sixth for the Marauders with a single. Senior Derek Kline drew a walk in the next at bat and then senior Miles Gallagher grounded out to first. Phelan and Kline both moved into scoring position on the sacrifice by Gallagher. Sophomore Chris Edger kept the rally alive by driving in both runners on a single. The two runs would be all that Millersville would need as they took game two 2-0.

On Saturday the Marauders traveled to Mansfield to finish the four game series in another double-header. However, Millersville wasn’t able to find success on the road, which has been a problem for the team this season. Millersville is only 5-10 when not playing on their home diamond.

In game one on Saturday’s match up the Marauders kept the game close in the early innings. After giving up a run to Mansfield in the first inning, Millersville’s Gallagher hit a home run in the third to tie the game.

Gallagher would add four more RBIs in Millersville’s half of the fifth when he hit a grand slam bringing the score to 5-4. With his two home runs in the game, Gallagher drove in all five of Millersville’s runs.

Mansfield was able to bounce back the following inning where they put up four runs on two hits and a couple walks to take back the lead from the Marauders. Mansfield would also add five more insurance runs in the sixth inning, bringing the final score to 13-5 over Millersville.

Game two on Saturday held much of the same story for the Marauders as the team continued to struggle at the plate. However, Mansfield did not have the same issues that Millersville faced, as the Mountaineers put up all seven of their runs in the first inning.

Millersville would struggle throughout the game as they left eight men on base before finally scoring in the last inning. Mike DeSanto led off the inning with a single. Carlos Medina pitch ran for DeSanto and moved up to second on a grounder by McCormick. Medina then scored the first run of the game for Millersville on a double from Derek Kline. Kline then scored on a single from Miles Gallagher. Millersville fell in game two by a score of 7-2.

The Marauders are now 6-11 overall and 1-3 in conference play. The team will take on Bloomsburg on Friday and a home game on Saturday. On Sunday the team will be on the road again, taking on the University of California.