The doubleheader played Saturday between Millersville and Philadelphia showcased the importance of solid pitching and defense. Both teams’ starting pitchers were plagued by one of the most frustrating problems in all of baseball and softball: lack of run support.
Game one saw the Lady Marauders win 2-0, thanks to a stellar outing from starter Sarah Bertoni who pitched her sixth complete game this season. Bertoni leads the Marauder pitching staff in innings pitched this season with 73.2. With the win she improved to 10-3 for the season and her ERA dropped to a team leading .95. Millersville jumped on the Rams early in the first when shortstop Jordan Sheffield singled, stole second and went on to cross home plate, on a single by centerfielder Gabbie Berry. With Saturday’s games in the books Sheffield leads the team in hits and batting average this season with 28 and .418 respectively. Then Berry scored from third base on a sacrifice fly by leftfielder Cara Nance to make it 2-0 Marauders. The Rams nearly scored when centerfielder Samantha Riabko doubled and was later thrown out at home plate while attempting to score. With runners on first and second, Bertoni successfully worked herself out of the jam by getting the next hitter she faced to ground out to shortstop. Millersville threatened in the bottom of the fifth as they had the bases loaded with two outs. However, they were unable to capitalize on runners in scoring position as Nance grounded out to second ending the inning. The remainder of the game was uneventful as the Lady Marauders went on to win. Philadelphia starter Samantha Abromavage who earned the loss was also solid, as she scattered six hits over six innings of work and is now 4-8 for the season.
Game two of the doubleheader showcased a 2-1 win by the Marauders in extra innings with Brianna Andraos tossing the rubber for the home team. She was touched for five hits over eight innings of work and pitched her fourth complete game of the season. She improved her record to 6-2 and her ERA dropped to 1.75. Both teams were held scoreless through the first five innings but the Rams threatened in the fourth when shortstop Stephanie Martin singled and third baseman Meaghan Lewis reached on an error. Then Riabko reached on a fielder’s choice and Martin was out at third base, giving them runners on first and second. Andraos then got Abromavage, who was the designated hitter to ground out and she successfully struck out the opposing team’s pitcher Kasia Smith. Smith was also solid as she went 7.1 innings and scattered six hits but took the loss bringing her record to 3-4 for the season. However, the Rams went on to score in the top of the sixth when Lewis, reached base on an error by Ashley Cantiello at first and later scored from third. Millersville responded in their half of the sixth when third baseman Jamie Motsko singled to get on base. The girls, once again faced with runners in scoring position, were able to execute with two outs and Andraos singled in Motsko from third, tying the game at one. The teams needed extra time to decide a winner as the game went into its eighth inning. Andraos had a very smooth top of the eighth and made quick work of the batters she faced. In their half of the eighth inning the Marauders were quick to act with Danielle DiFilippo scoring the winning run from third on an error. With the win, the Lady Marauders move to 19-7 for the season, and return to action April 4 for a doubleheader against Lincoln University.