Digging into the box in the top of the third, Millersville redshirt senior outfielder Zach Stone was one hit shy of 200, a milestone only four Marauders had reached in the history of Millersville University baseball. And, with an 0-1 pitch served into right field, four became five.
‘Ville starter Tad Barton was able to blank the Tiffin offense through three frames before running into trouble in the fourth. The Marauders were already ahead by four runs by the time Barton took the mound in the fourth thanks to RBI singles by Stone and Dan Stoltzfus in the third, and a clutch two-out double by Chas McCormick in the fourth, driving in two more.
All three of Tiffin’s runs came in the third, and all came with two outs. With the bases loaded and two outs, Tiffin left fielder Cole McCurry lined a single up the middle, driving in two. A throwing error on shortstop Tyler Orris allowed Garrett Vernau, who had stopped at second after the single, to advance to third. Vernau would score on a wild pitch later before Barton settled down and got Nick Calandra to ground out, ending the inning, and the scoring threat.
With their lead cut to one run, the Marauders, unable to push across another run, had to rely on the arms of their bullpen to shut down the Tiffin offense. Reliever Logan Grant and closer Adam Zipko had no problem with this, combining to throw five shutout innings, allowing just one hit between them while striking out three.
Grant got credited with the win, his first decision of the year. Zipko, who saved nine games in nine chances last season was able to record his third save this year.
Stone finished the day by going 2-5, giving him 201 hits in his collegiate career. Stoltzfus added two hits of his own on the afternoon, also driving in a run. The lone extra base hit on the day was the double off the bat of McCormick in the fourth.
The Marauders will return to Millersville with their 6-2 record to play Philadelphia University in a double header beginning at noon on March 1. The Marauders took two of three games from Philadelphia U last season, including a 20-2 rout at Philadelphia.