Darrian Michael Hopson
The Millersville baseball team remained in North Carolina Saturday and Sunday taking on Franklin Pierce University for two doubleheaders in two days. The Marauders showed promise by taking the first game Saturday morning by the score of 10-0, but dropped the last three as the bats were kept quiet offensively.
Saturday Game One
Pitcher Chris Murphy (3-1) got the starting nod in game one of the doubleheader throwing a gem for the Marauders. Murphy tossed a complete game shutout, while also striking out 10 batters on 95 pitches and allowing three hits.
Highlighting the runs scored was Dan Johnson, who jump-started Millersville with a double to bring Kurt Seiders across the plate. He wasn’t finished, connecting for a two-run homer to left field to break open the lead against the Ravens. Johnson finished the contest hitting 3-5, and driving in 5 RBIs. Mark Stuckey also connected on a two-run shot in the seventh which was his first of the season.
Millersville put together a near perfect game, with the team compiling 14 hits and committing no errors. The top four hitters in the lineup batted 8-15.
Turning in perfect days at the plate were Zach Stone and Tyler Orris, who went 4-4 and 3-3 respectively with both players scoring two runs each.
Pitcher Brandon Miller took to the mound for the Marauders, who looked to keep the momentum rolling after drubbing the Ravens in their previous outing. The freshman pitched three and a third scoreless innings before giving up three runs in the fourth. They were unable to pull ahead of Franklin Pierce, losing 6-4.
MU began fast with Dan Johnson shooting a single to left to bring home Chas McCormick in the first putting the Marauders up 1-0. Later in the fourth inning, Chas McCormick would draw a bases loaded walk to bring home Dan Stoltzfus.
Franklin Pierce broke open the fourth with three runs to take the lead on a double to right center, and a bases loaded walk to give them a 3-2 advantage.
In the fifth, the Ravens’ John Razzino blasted a pitch to left center to push their lead even further.
Kurt Seiders responded in the sixth, cracking a double that brought in Tyler Orris to tighten the contest at 4-3, but Millersville could never return the lead to their side. They would see one more run before the last pitch, which came on a David Pine RBI single.
The bullpen of Millersville threw a combined four and two-thirds innings, allowing three runs on seven hits.
In the loss, Millersville was once again aggressive with Seiders, Johnson, Stuckey, Pine, and Orris all stealing bases.
Sunday Game One
The Marauders looked to improve their record Sunday after splitting with FPU on Saturday, sending Tad Barton (1-1) to the mound. He would only pitch three innings in a rough outing, allowing six runs on five hits as MU went down by a score of 9-3.
Down early, Zach Stone tied the game at one a piece with a sacrifice fly sending Chas McCormick over home plate in the top of the third. The Ravens responded quickly in the bottom half on a sacrifice fly of their own, grabbing a 2-1 lead on MU.
Millersville recaptured the lead at a tune of 3-2, with a two-run single from McCormick pushing in Tyler Orris and Dan Stoltzfus. McCormick would prove to be the most productive of the Marauders, recording two hits in four at bats. He was the only Millersville player to tally multiple hits.
In the fourth, Franklin Pierce exploded for four runs allowing them to secure the lead.
Seven errors were committed by MU, which the Ravens capitalized by scoring three runs from those errors. The bats of the Marauders were held virtually silent which reflected the score, only combining for five hits as opposed to 10 for FPU.
Sunday Game Two
After dropping their last two games to Franklin Pierce, the Marauders attempted to break their losing streak with Jim McDade (ND) starting the game pitching in their final matchup of the weekend. In the no decision, McDade was moderately effective tossing four and a thirds innings while giving up just three earned runs on four hits. Pitcher Sean Stephenson was charged with the loss after allowing two-runs that helped the Ravens take the lead.
During the third inning, an RBI groundout from Kurt Seiders brought David Pine home to knot the score at 1-1. Tyler Orris would go on to score Chas McCormick with an RBI single in the fifth to see Millersville to their only lead of the match.
The Ravens’ John Razzino brought them back with his second homer of the weekend, a two-run homer crushed to left field giving FPU a 3-2 advantage. The last run by Millersville came in the sixth on a wild pitch scoring Dan Johnson to tie the game at 3-3.
The Ravens had answers for every Marauder run, and in the sixth the tie was broken on a two-run RBI single by Franklin Pierce. FPU went on to score one in the seventh, and finally two in the eighth to close the score at 8-3.
The bats were again silent for the Marauders, who were outhit 14-5 as only four players recorded a hit. Mark Stuckey was the only batter in the lineup with multiple hits (2).
With the loss Millersville stands at 7-5 on the year. Upcoming is the start of the home schedule against IUP on Mar. 8.