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MU drops weekend finale

After starting the seaosn 0-3, Millersville has bounced back to a 13-5 record and they are nationally ranked. Photo courtesy of MU Athletics.

Jared Kish
Sports Editor

Starting the year 0-3 a month back was a rough way to begin the long baseball season for the Marauders. Since then the Marauders have only lost two games as their record stands at 13-5.

The turnaround for Millersville has gave them a national rank and the confidence to continue to play well. Over the past weekend Millersville played in four games, two against Le Moyne and two against Seton Hill. Winning three of the four games Millersville continued to show why they are a resilient team.

Millersville’s offense continued to shine throughout the weekend as they scored seven or more runs in each of the four weekend games. The first three games of the weekend the Marauders would beat their opponents by at least four runs. However, in the fourth and final game against Seton Hill the Marauder bullpen couldn’t hold on for a win.

Seton Hill jumped out to a 4-1 lead through the first three innings. The Marauders would find the scoreboard again in the top of the fourth with a run, but Seton Hill answered right back with a run of their own.

Going into the fifth inning Millersville was down 5-2 and needed to find a way to break through the Seton Hill pitching. With a three-run jack by Marauder Jimmy Losh, Millersville found themselves tied with Seton Hill.  

With a scoreless sixth, the Millersville bats woke up again in the seventh with a home run by Ben Snyder which gave the Marauders their first lead of the game. Seton Hill came back with one run in the seventh and one in the eighth giving them an 8-7 lead over the Marauders.

With the game going back and forth, the ninth was set to be an interesting inning. The Marauders down 8-7 had to find a way to at least tie the game. They loaded the bases and with one out Ben Harris drew a walk to bring in the tying run.

That would be the only run the Marauders could get across the plate as they left the bases loaded and three runners stranded.

With the game tied going into the bottom half of the ninth Seton Hill made Millersville pay for leaving the bases loaded a half inning prior. Seton Hill’s Austin Braendel clocked his second home run of the game off of David Hutchinson and walked it off for Seton Hill.

There’s no question that Millersville battled in their fourth and final game of the weekend. After playing 36 innings the team can still pat themselves on the back for playing another outstanding weekend of baseball.

Despite the bullpen not holding for a weekend sweep, the Millersville offense has hit 17 home runs in their last 12 games. There are always going to be tired arms after playing four games in two days, but the Millersville bats have not slowed down since starting the season 0-3.

Millersville snapped a 10-game winning streak with the loss but will look to start a new winning streak when they face Shepard on Tuesday March 19, and face Bloomsburg for four games next weekend starting Friday March 22.