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“We want to take them down.”

SU baseball ready for weekend matchup with PSAC leading Millersville

Date: April 10, 2015

By: Tyler Baldwin

SHIPPENSBURG- “We want to take them down. Why not us? We are putting everything together and our game is clicking. We are ready.” Kyle McClintock is ready for weekend matchups with Millersville.

His words speak volumes about the improvement the men’s baseball team has made over the past couple of weeks. They are putting together a run that could put the team closer to leading the PSAC after the weekend.

McClintock just picked up a complete-game win against the University of Pitt-Johnstown on Tuesday.

As he looked back on the season Tuesday night he realized how far the team has come since the beginning of the season.

“Honestly, it’s just crazy. We (pitching staff) weren’t playing as good as we all could. Now we are hitting well and the pitchers are shutting people down.”

Crazy is the best way to explain the turnaround for the Raiders. They started out 2-5 in February. March didn’t start off great either and the team was 4-12 on March 22, 2015. They also sat deep in PSAC rankings after only recording a 1-3 record in conference play.

Then something clicked. The pitching staff found its stride and the team has not stopped running since. The have completely turned their season around marking a 12-4 since March 22, 2015, and have battled back to 16-16 overall.

They went 5-1 in three days of play after sweeping Mansfield, Date) and splitting a matchup with IUP.

Freshman Gabe Mosser was named NCBWA Atlantic Region Pitcher of the Week after posting three consecutive shutouts during the Raiders hot streak.

The pitching staff will need to be ready for a tough weekend matchup with Millersville. The Marauders are in first place in the PSAC  with a conference record of 13-3 and 26-6 overall.

Shippensburg now sits in third behind West Chester with a 10-6 record in conference play.

Eight batters in the Raider’s starting lineup are batting over .300 on the season. Mike Marcinko leads the team with fifty-two hits and a .416 average. Jake Kennedy leads the team with 12 home-runs and is batting .370.

Millersville hosts the first two games on Friday; the last two games come to Shippensburg on Saturday. The game will be starting at 1 p.m.

The Raider’s bats will need to come alive against a strong Marauder pitching staff.

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