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MU Baseball keeps winning, moves to sixth in national rank

Mitch Stoltzfus leads the team at the plate.

Dan Zalewski

Sports Editor

The Millersville Marauder’s baseball team rounded out their final weekend in North and South Carolina by gaining national recognition for their skill and talent. The Marauders are now ranked sixth in the nation after a sweeping the weekend 4-0.

The team started their road trip against the Braves of UNC Pembroke.

Brandon Miller continued his elite performances from earlier in the year. The Ephrata native has yet to give up a single run in his three starts. The junior has pitched 19.2 straight innings while maintaining a perfect 0.00 ERA.

Miller is a two time pitcher of the week for the PSAC.
Miller is a two time pitcher of the week for the PSAC.

Miller has led the starting rotation this season with a perfect 3-0 record. He is the expected starter in the home game against Saint Rose on Friday March 11.

Offensively, the Marauder’s batters chewed through the Braves bullpen. UNC Pembroke put seven different pitchers on the mound before the end of the game.

In his senior year, Tyler Orris is also approaching a record stat line that he padded against the Braves. Orris has recently moved into the top 40 for career hits in the PSAC and is just short of Ryan Brink for third most hits in Millersville’s history. Orris also further neared himself towards records in runs scored and stolen bases.

The 7-0 victory over UNC Pembroke was the seventh win for the Marauders overall and the second shutout this season.

The following day, the Marauders continued their success against Saint Rose for the first game between the two schools this past weekend.

Freshman Cordell Shannon took the mound to start the game. He pitched five innings, tallying up four strikeouts in the process. Relief pitcher Matt Ulrich bridged the gap for the Marauders before Logan Grant stepped up to close out the game.

The Marauders were behind or tied with the Golden Knights for most of the game, but pulled ahead in the eighth inning after a homer by Jeremy Musser and another RBI from David Summerfield.

The Marauders did allow two scores in the second inning but held the Golden Knights scoreless for the final seven innings of the game.

The Marauder’s efforts were enough to ensure their eighth win of the season 4-2.

Millersville returned the following day for the second game of the weekend against the Saint Rose Golden Knights.

The Marauders started with senior Jim McDade to open the game. He earned his first win of the season, holding the Golden Knights to six hits and two earned runs.

Kyle Peterson took the mound in the sixth and seventh innings and only gave up one hit and no runs. Eric Ligda and Matt Binder rounded out the game, allowing only one hit and earning two strikeouts between the two of them.

Millersville improved at the plate compared to its performance the previous day against Saint Rose. The Marauders scored 14 total runs off of 16 hits. Mitch Stoltzfus and John Brogan each put one over the fence to go along with a triple and a handful of doubles.

The Marauders took their third win by storm, 14-3.

The final game of the weekend pitted the Marauders against the Francis Marion Patriots. The Marauders entered this game ranked fourteenth nationally compared to Francis Marion’s fifteenth national rank.

Mitch Stoltzfus leads the team at the plate.
Mitch Stoltzfus leads the team at the plate.

Based on the ranking heading into the game, many would expect it. The Marauders had a different idea.

On the mound, the Marauders put up a respectable performance, earning eight strikeouts in total while giving up 13 hits and six runs.

At the plate, however, Millersville could not be stopped. The Marauders managed to tally 22 runs off of 20 hits and 11 walks.

Millersville started pressuring the Patriots as early as the first inning after Chas McCormick brought in two runs off of a home run.

Millersville continued to retain the lead putting up scores in the third, fifth, sixth, eighth and ninth innings. The most successful inning for the Marauders was in the sixth. Millersville scored nine runs, including a homer from Mitch Stoltzfus while the bases were loaded.

The Marauder’s handedly defeated their ranked opponents 22-6.

The lopsided finish against Francis Marion is why the team saw a major bump up to sixth in all of Division 2 baseball.

Back from the Carolinas, the team is looking forward to playing at Cooper Park for the first time this season. They will host their third game against Saint Rose followed by a game against Le Moyne. They play Saint Rose for the fourth time along with a double header against Post University later that weekend.

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