The Marauders traveled to Foundation Field to face Lock Haven University. They won both games with scores of 7-1 and 7-4 last Friday.
With the sweep on Friday, Millersville is now 29-3 overall. They have a record of 12-2 in conference play. They now also have a four-game lead in the PSAC East over East Stroudsburg.
Relief pitcher Eric Ligda and catcher Brian Novak stated that the sweep is a confidence booster for the team as they make a push for the playoffs.
“Anytime you sweep a series in our tough conference, it’s huge for the team’s morale,” second baseman Ted Williams said. “It’s kind of rare to see a sweep on a weekend.”
Dan Stoltzfus had six hits for both games combined. He had three hits each for both games. His six hits contributed to a day total of 19 hits for the Marauders.
Marauder pitchers Brandon Miller and Cordell Shannon also contributed to Friday’s sweep.
“We got great starting pitching performances by both of our starters and our offense is clicking as of late,” Williams said.
Miller pitched game one. With the win, he is now 6-1 while striking out 10 batters and allowing one run and walk. He struck out four Lock Haven batters in the first three innings. He now has a 2.14 ERA.
Ligda stated that Miller’s work ethic and the way he goes about his business sets him apart.
It’s pretty cool to be around,” Ligda said.
Mike Mock: another freshman, picked up his third save of the season. He also allowed his first earned run in two innings of work.
An early start offensively benefited the Marauders making its pitchers feel comfortable by having a sense of knowing that runs will be scored for them.
That sense of comfort was felt when Dan Stolzfus and Jeremy Musser hit back-to-back doubles, which resulted in two runs for Millersville.
“It definitely makes it easier to go out and pitch,” Lidga said. “You know you’re going to have a lead and you know if you fall behind, they will come back and pick you up.”
A Lock Haven error in the third inning made way for Tyler Orris and Dan Neff successfully executed a double steal. The double steal allowed them to be in scoring position.
A wild pitch allowed Mitch Stoltzfus to extend the Marauder lead at 5-0. Two more runs came in the fourth from RBI singles by D. Stoltzfus and Musser.
The only hits for Lock Haven in game one were all singles. Lock Haven scored its lone run in the seventh inning.
“It gives us great confidence when we sweep because it means we played in a sense “flawless” baseball,” Williams said.
In game two, freshman Cordell Shannon improved to 5-1 despite allowing three runs on seven hits.
He was relieved after five innings by Mock. Novak stated that Shannon doesn’t act like a freshman when he is on the mound. Like the states that Shannon pitches competitively and has a good demeanor about his pitching.
“If you just saw him pitch you would think he was a junior or senior,” Ligda added.
“He has come in and filled in a role for us,” Ligda commented on Shannon.
The Stoltzfus cousins scored Millersville’s first two runs. Jeremy Musser hit his fourth home run of the season. The homer produced two runs for the Marauders.
“A lot of people in their own way,” Ligda commented on the Stoltzfus cousins. “Mitch is a leader on the field while Dan is a vocal leader.”
Lock Haven would score two more runs in the fifth. Prior to the fifth inning, Shannon allowed a solo home run in the second. He also allowed three hits and a walk.
Defense was crucial during the end of game two. After the Eagles scored one run off Mock, the Marauders executed a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning. The Marauders secured the final out on a 1-2-3 double play.
The team’s short-term goals are to win the PSAC East. They are also seeking the number one seed for playoffs and a bye for regionals.
“We’ve done a great job at practice preparing ourselves mentally for these tough conference games,” Williams said.
“We haven’t lost a series yet and we don’t plan on losing one,” Lidga said.