Marauders tame Golden Rams of West Chester

Anthony Jadus
Staff Writer

This past Saturday was an ideal day for baseball, as there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. Already having won both games on Friday, Millersville’s baseball team once again played West Chester University in another doubleheader on Saturday. Millersville went into this weekend with a two game lead over Kutztown in the PSAC East division, and they made sure that they did not give up any ground with this lead.

The baseball team continued their success in the weekend sweep.
The baseball team continued their success in the weekend sweep.

Not only did MU sweep West Chester on Friday, but they rode the wave of momentum into Sunday where they once again came out victorious, getting the overall four-game series sweep. This clean sweep has not happened since 2001, and it surely did not come easily.
In the first game on Saturday, Millersville was tied with WCU, but with the solid pitching performance of Chris Murphy, along with some key hitting, Millersville overcame a few tight situations. After the win, sophomore Chris Murphy’s record was an insane 11-1 on the season, and with all of these wins, Murphy broke the single-season record. This was also his seventh complete game.
Millersville had the early lead in the game, with their two runs in the first, and another in the second, but West Chester came right back when they tied it up at 3-3 in the top of the fourth. It took until the bottom of the fifth with the bases loaded for the turning point to come when Jeff Heisey hit a bouncing ball that just skipped past the infield, which allowed the run to score. With the bases still loaded, the next batter, Mark Stuckey, crushed a triple that cleared the bases, and put Millersville in a prime time spot.
Although West Chester got one back in the sixth, Murphy closed the game out in the seventh inning without any trouble.
Millersville hitting statistics were pretty solid and hitting leaders were second baseman Evan King, who recorded two hits and two runs, and Jeremy Musser got three hits with two runs and an RBI.
Millersville got off to a slower start in game two as they got down to a 7-2 lead by the sixth inning. This also forced Millersville to drain their pitching crew as they went through six pitchers.
Finally after two outs and six innings, in the bottom of the sixth inning, Dan Johnson got two RBI’s when he cracked a single. Stuckey who had that key triple in the other game, followed up the single with a double of his own to cut the deficit to 7-6. Stuckey got to third on a wild pitch, and then similarly he charged home on another wild pitch, which tied the game.
This game was heading to extras, and in both the seventh and eighth innings, Adam Zipko pitched flawlessly which set up MU in the bottom of the eighth inning. Kurt Seiders started things off as he got a single, and then Tyler McDonald walked. Seiders advanced to third on a wild pitch, and WCU chose to intentionally walk David Pine, which loaded the bases. Orris got down in the count 0-2, but he hit the next pitch into deep center which allowed Seiders to score the game winning run with no play at home plate.
Stone led Millersville in the hitting category for this game with his three hits. McDonald, Johnson, and Stuckey all got two hits each. McDonald had one RBI, Johnson had two, and Stuckey had three.
Millersville’s record is now a solid 34-12 with a 16-4 record in the PSAC East. The team had a great weekend, and they are going to look to continue this level of play against East Stroudsburg. The game is at home on May 3rd; start time is 1:00 pm.