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After slow start Millersville turns around

Cordell Shannon came close to perfection as he gave up one hit in seven innings of work against Clarion. Photo courtesy of MU Athletics.

Jared Kish
Sports Editor 

After a slow start to the season two weeks ago against Lander University, Millersville baseball quickly jumped out to a 12-1 lead in the first game of four this past weekend down in Maryland. Millersville faced Clarion and Lake Erie and the Marauders had a great turnaround to their dismal start to the season.

The Marauders in game one against Clarion destroyed the oppositions pitching. With scoring 12 runs in the first inning alone, Millersville would be in route to a 16 to 2 victory. Millersville scored nine runs before the second out was recorded in the first inning. Seven hits and five walks contributed to the 12 runs put up by the Marauders in the first.

Kaylor Kulina and Eric Callahan were big contributors in the win combining for six hits, and six RBIs between the two players. Luke Trainer went 2-3 and also drove in four RBIs and scored twice contributing to the 16-2 victory in game one.

Starting pitcher Eli Nabholz got his first win of the season pitching five innings, striking out four, and only giving up two runs. Reliever John Turner closed out the game striking out the side in the seventh securing the first victory of the weekend and the season for the Marauders.

Millersville picked up right where they left off in game two as Millersville shutout Clarion 9-0. Starting pitcher Cordell Shannon flirted with making history throwing six perfect innings. Entering the seventh, Shannon was just three outs away from perfection when Clarion’s Nick Fugh hit a blooper just over second base that no one could get to.

Despite giving up the hit, Shannon got a 5-6-3 double play to cut down the lone runner and easily rolled to a shutout victory. Shannon only needed 80 pitches to shut down the Clarion hitters and struck out seven in his dominate performance.

The Marauder bats were quiet until the fifth. In the fifth inning Millersville had five runners cross the plate giving Shannon a lead to work with. Millersville would go on to score four more runs between the sixth and seventh innings insuring them a sweep over Clarion.

After sweeping Clarion, Millersville looked to do the same with Lake Erie.

Millersville started out the first game with Lake Erie looking good and continuing their momentum from the games against Clarion. Starting pitcher Drew Miller recorded his first win of the season, giving up two runs and striking out four in four innings.   

The bats continued to stay hot as Millersville put up eight runs with a five run sixth inning. Once Millersville got into Lake Erie’s bullpen in the fifth the offense turned it on and pushed to an 8-3 win in game one.

Four different Millersville batters recorded three hits each in the game. The Marauders ended game one with a total of 14 hits. Millersville also recorded their first home run of the season with the credit going to Eric Callahan.

Millersville was 3-0 on their weekend games and looked to go 4-0 going into their second and final game with Lake Erie.

Right from the start Millersville was in trouble, as freshmen starter Kris Pirozzi walked three batters to start the game. Walking the first batter of the inning is always a recipe for disaster but walking the first three is digging a big hole that’s hard to climb out of.

Lake Erie made Pirozzi pay as they rallied for a five-run first inning. Millersville quickly answered back with two in the bottom of the first but could not catch up to Lake Erie.

Millersville was able to keep the game close but could not pull out a victory as they lost 6-4 in their final game of the weekend.

The Marauders bats that were so alive throughout the weekend, ran out of steam only totaling four hits in game two against Lake Erie. Going 3-1 on the weekend Millersville greatly improved after being swept by Lander University to start the season.

Millersville now has an overall record of 3-4 and will look to push their record over the .500 mark as they will face Fairmont State, Glenville State, and Concord in Glenville West Virginia, March 1st through the 3rd.