Millersville holds their own against defending champs

PHOTO COURTESY OF MU ATHLETICS Pitcher Eli Nabolz struck out an impressive 50 opposing batters this season.

Casey Saussaman
Head Copy Editor

Millersville baseball took game one of a doubleheader against West Chester at home on Friday.

Junior Eli Nabholz got the nod, throwing a complete game shutout for a 2-0 win over the Golden Rams. Nabholz came within one out of his second career no-hitter.

In the second game, the Marauders scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh to avoid the shutout but fell 4-3.

GAME ONE

Nabholz walked the first two batters he faced in the game, but a double play followed by a groundout preserved the inning. He did not allow another base runner until a walk in the fifth inning after retiring 11 straight hitters. Another double play took care of the runner and ended the inning.

Nabholz would earn two strikeouts in the sixth and another in the seventh.

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He drew a pop up to the first baseman for the second out in the bottom of the seventh before allowing back-to-back West Chester singles. Zach Sheranko and Drew Jarmuz advanced to scoring position on a wild pitch and putting the winning run at the plate. Nabholz worked his way out of trouble and earned a swinging strikeout for the final out of the game.

In his second straight complete game shutout, Nabholz increased his scoreless innings streak to 14. He struck out seven and walked only three.

The Marauders provided just enough offense to earn the win behind Nabholz’s strong outing.

In the bottom of the fourth inning, Snyder drew a walk, then eventually stole second and scored on Hardaway’s single to right.

After a Luke Trainer walk, two men were on for Eric Callahan who reached on a fielder’s choice. His grounder to the shortstop caught Trainer at second for the final out of the inning.

Again, Snyder started the Marauders’ inning. He singled up the middle, advancing to second on a sacrifice bunt. Just like in the fourth, he scored on a Hardaway single.

GAME TWO

Millersville and West Chester were scoreless until the third until Shane Dressler hit a three-run homer to right field to give the Golden Rams the lead.

The Marauders only had three hits through five innings. Their best chance came in the bottom of the sixth.

Hardaway and Jimmy Cain hit back-to-back singles, followed by a walk from Manning Brookens to load the bases.

Pinch-hitter Kaylor Kolina struck out looking, leaving three runners on base.

West Chester added another run in the top of the seventh, giving them a 4-0 lead.

Millersville reliever turned designated hitter Bobby Dorta led off the seventh with a single, and Callahan reached on a fielder’s choice. Ted Williams singled to left and Cole Friese was hit by a pitch.

Snyder, now 4 for 6 on the day, earned two RBIs with a single. Cain then singled up the middle, bringing the Marauders within one.

West Chester reliever Andrew Scarpelli struck out Hardaway, and forced pinch hitter Aaron Taylor into a groundout to third, stopping the comeback.

On Saturday, Millersville traveled to West Chester to close the regular season series. West Chester swept the day, winning the series 3-1. Millersville had the tying run at the plate in the bottom of the seventh in both games, but the Golden Rams held on to win the first 9-5 and the second 9-7.

Millersville’s record is now 21-13 overall and 9-6 in the PSAC East.

They begin another PSAC East series on Friday, traveling to East Stroudsburg Friday for a doubleheader, followed by two games at home on Saturday.