Sunday afternoon in Glenville, West Virginia, the Marauder baseball team recorded an astounding 16-0 shutout over the Pioneers, in their doubleheader sweep. Their victory was undoubtedly fueled by the impressive pitching of Chris Murphy, whose diverse selection of pitches left the Glenville State batters swinging at nothing but air.
Murphy totaled 84 pitches in the game, 64 of which were strikes without walking or hitting a single batter. The win gave him his third of the season, and increased Millersville’s win streak to six games in a row. His confidence was evidently boosted after pitching seven innings in the win over No. 6-ranked West Florida.
In between the fourth and sixth innings, Murphy struck out seven of the nine batters he faced, and is the second Marauder to throw a no-hitter. He also had an alarming 13 strikeouts, which were the most by a PSAC pitcher in seven innings since Nate Stamer of Shippensburg pitched 16 in March of 2005. With absolutely no defensive struggles, Millersville focused their attention on an offensive attack.
Among five different Pioneer pitchers, the Marauders recorded 11 hits, and scored 10 of their 16 runs in the seventh inning alone. Stealing the offensive spotlight, Zach Stone hit a grand slam and finished the game with five RBI’s. Not wanting to be outdone, freshman Tyler Orris went 3-for-5 with three runs batted in. Five of Millersville’s runs came in the first two innings of play from multiple sacrifice flies, wild pitches, and other Glenville State mistakes.
The blowout win followed a 7-2 win in game one, where starting pitcher Tim Mayza struck out eight batters while walking only one. His impressive performance sparked an offensive initiative, when four different players recorded two hits each. Stone batted an impressive 2-for-3, David Pine hit 2-of-4 while batting in three runs, and Tyler McDonald also batted 2-for-3, hitting a two-run double. Orris finished the game with a 2-for-4 batting record, as well.
In the fifth inning of game one, Pine hit a single into center field, scoring two runs. With the bases now loaded, McDonald refused to let the opportunity pass him, as he hit a double, scoring three more runs.
So far this season, Mayza has surrendered only 16 hits, three walks, and two runs in 18 total innings. He has struck out an impressive 18. His pitching partner-in-crime Murphy has surrendered only 14 hits, two walks, and four runs in 20 innings while striking out 27 batters. The monstrous pitching duo proves to be an enormous threat for teams to come.
With the much needed doubleheader sweep, the Marauders look to continue their win streak when they face Shepherd on March 2 on the Rams’ home turf. Millersville’s home opener takes place the following day against Shepherd in what will surely be an opener to remember.