Coming into their doubleheader against Goldey-Beacom, the Marauders had previously lost their last four games, and sought to end that unfortunate streak on Monday afternoon.
Heading into game one, Millersville immediately put the pedal to the metal. Junior catcher Gabbie Berry’s RBI single scored Jordan Sheffield in the bottom of the first to begin their offensive onslaught.
It wasn’t until the top of the third that Lightning were able to catch up and tie the game at one. However, the Marauders reclaimed to lead in the same inning.
Freshman Heather Lutz singled to bring home Danielle DiFilippo, and was followed by Brittany Smith who tripled to score Maria Spinosa. Smith’s hit put her in a tie for second in the conference for triples with three. No Marauder has hit more than two in a season since 2011.
The score now sat at 3-1, and in the bottom of the fourth, Stephanie Kulp increased Millersville’s lead by one with a solo home run. Cutting the deficit to two, Goldey-Beacom aimed to comeback, but could not hold off the Marauder’s dominate batting.
Continuing their scoring ways, Spinosa doubled to score Lutz, and was then brought home when Smith reached third base from an error by the Lightning. Goldey-Beacom’s luck, or lack thereof, did not end there.
One out later, Kulp reached third on an error by the pitcher to score Smith. Then after a wild pitch and groundout, Sheffield brought in Kulp with an RBI double. The score now sat a daunting 8-2 Millersville lead.
Pinch hitting for Berry, junior Gab Ceritano started off the sixth inning with a double, and then advanced to second off of yet another wild pitch. In quick fashion, Mandy Hammond sent her across the plate off of a bunt.
Spinosa’s hitting ways did not end there, as she singled to put runners in scoring position. After Hammond’s attempt to steal third, she encountered yet another error and was able to round the base to score.
Not to be outdone be their impressive batting, the Marauder’s sophomore pitcher Brianna Andraos threw six innings giving up just two runs.
Game two saw a similar outcome, despite Goldey-Beacom scoring two runs in the very first inning.
At their first at-bats, Berry notched an RBI double, and Lutz followed with an RBI single to tie the game at two.
Just two innings later, Smith recorded a two-run double, and was quickly brought home by Ashley Cantiello who hit her own single.
With the bases load, Millersville saw yet another opportunity to increase their already sizeable lead. Cantiello singled and Kulp doubled, which scored a total of three runs, and gave the Marauders a 9-2 lead.
Senior Taylor Odell-Smith pinch hit for Hammond, and, like the rest of the team, singled to record yet another RBI.
Recovering from somewhat of a slump, sophomore pitcher Amanda Wink won her first game since late March, allowing just two runs.
Smith and Cantiello led the Marauders’ offensive blitz with three hits each, with the team totaling 12-of-18 in the batter’s box.
Heading into their next doubleheader against Kutztown, Millersville carries quite a deal of confidence, and seeks yet another sweep of their conference rival.