Normally, a doubleheader against No. 18 ranked Shippensburg proves to be a fight for the Marauders. Shippensburg. Marauder starters Tad Barton and Jim McDade took the fight out of the Raiders however, each picking up a win in their half of the twin-bill.
A leadoff walk issued by Barton in game one came back to bite him after a steal and a balk put the runner into scoring position. The one out single that drove the Raiders’ runner home was the first and last run Shippensburg would come away with in either of the two Saturday afternoon games.
Barton was brilliant after allowing the first inning run, shutting down the Raiders over the course of a complete game victory.
The score remained 1-0 in the Raiders’ favor until a single by Tyler Orris in the fifth, aided by an error by Ship right fielder Austin Allison, brought home Chas McCormick to tie the game at one.
A shut down top of the sixth by Barton gave the Marauders the shot to take the lead in their half. A leadoff double by Dan Johnson followed by a sac bunt by Alex Ramsay put Johnson on third with just one out. Tyler McDonald took an 0-1 pitch and drove it deep enough into center that Johnson was able to tag and score, giving the Marauders the late lead.
The second run proved to be all Barton and the Marauders would need. In lieu of bringing on closer Adam Zipko, Barton took the mound in the seventh himself, looking to finish what he started. A quick 1-2-3 inning later, Barton had done just that, improving his record to 5-2 on the year.
Jim McDade took the ball in game two for the Marauders, hoping to complete the sweep of the doubleheader.
After setting down the first two batters of the game to kick off the top of the first, Jimmy Spanos singled up the middle, hoping to start a two-out rally for the Raiders. Not only did McDade shut down any hint of a rally that the Raiders may have hoped for, he shut down 18 of the next 19 batters, only allowing a one-out walk I the third inning en route to a complete game, one-hitter.
Both teams remained scoreless until the fourth, when a single up the middle by left fielder Dan Neff drove in Alex Ramsay and Zach Stone, giving the McDade and the Marauders more than enough to work with.
From that point on, both offenses fell silent and it became smooth sailing for McDade. When all was said and done, the redshirt sophomore had allowed just two runners in his complete game while fanning four. He needed just 79 pitches to finish the Raiders off and improve his record to 4-1 on the year.
The Marauders hope to continue their winning ways against Ship, taking to the road to play the second of two weekend doubleheaders against the Raiders. Game one is slated to begin at 1 p.m.