Senior Tad Barton entered the first game of Sunday’s double header against visiting Bloomsburg sitting at 22 wins spanning his collegiate career. The 22, stretched out by Barton over three plus years, put him into a four-way tie with Brad Everly, Matt Wagner and Timm Bromirski atop the career wins list for the Marauders. Supported by some early runs from his offense, Barton was able to cruise through 6.1 innings, earning the win and his spot in the record books.
To a casual onlooker, it may have looked as though Barton was off his game when he issued a four pitch free pass to Husky third basemen Eric Frain to start off the game. The casual onlooker, however, couldn’t have been more wrong. Barton his quite the groove, allowing just one earned run while striking out two over his 6.1 innings before handing the ball off to closer Adam Zipko. Zipko took over with runners on first and second and just one out following two walks by Barton to start the seventh. The Marauders closer was able to make quick work of his two batters, retiring them in order en route to his sixth save of the season.
The Marauder offense was able to give Barton a two run lead by the end of the first. After two singles and an error saw the Marauders load the bases to start their half of the first, a fielder’s choice and a throwing error plated the first run for the Marauders. Still with no outs and the bags full, Tyler McDonald lined a 1-1 pitch into center field for a sac fly. The Marauders were unfortunately unable to add to their lead in the first after a line out and fly out ended the frame.
A one-two-three top of the second courtesy of Barton set the Marauders up to extend their lead in their half of the inning. A two out single by Tyler Orris brought home David Pine from second, giving the Marauders an early 3-0 lead.
The three runs scored by the Marauders were more than enough for Barton. The only Bloom run came on a clutch two-out single that squeezed through the left side in the top of the fourth. Barton set down the side in order each of his next two innings.
The win was Barton’s fourth of the season to go along with two losses, and improved the Marauders record to 21-9 (8-3 PSAC East).
Game two of Sunday’s double header saw the Huskies taking their revenge on the Marauders, extending the game to nine innings before plating two in the ninth to take the game 4-2.
A rocky first inning by Millersville starter Jim McDade saw the Marauders down by two before they even got to the plate.
A single by Zach Stone cut the Marauders deficit to one at the end of the first. The first inning single was one of Stone’s three on the day. The senior finished 3-3 and knocked in the Marauders’ only two runs of the game.
Stone evened the score at two in the third inning with another RBI single. The score remained deadlocked at the end of seven, extending the game to extras and giving the 342 fans in attendance some (more) free baseball.
After his rocky start, McDade settled down and got into a groove, failing to allow another run in regulation. Still on the mound in the ninth, McDade allowed a two-out single to Bloomsburg catcher Corey Baiada to give the Huskies a 3-2 lead. Baiada then swiped second and came home on another single before McDade was pulled in favor of Matt Binder, who retired the last batter of the inning.
Down to their last at bats with the game on the line, the Marauders came up empty in their half of the inning, going down one-two-three to drop the second game of the double header by a score of 4-2.
The loss in game two drops the Marauders’ record to 21-10 on the season, still good for first in the PSAC East.
The Marauders travel to Lock Haven on Tuesday, April 8 to face off with the last place Bald Eagles. The first game of the double header will take place at 1 p.m.