Mosser tosses no-hitter in weekend sweep of UPJ Mountain Cats

Gabe Mosser-Justin Lee

Gabe Mosser threw a no-hitter in Saturday’s win.

Gabe Mosser etched his name in Shippensburg University baseball history on Saturday afternoon when he threw a no-hitter in the team’s 4-0 win over the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown.

Mosser’s solo no-hitter was the eighth in SU history and the first one since Tim Freshour did it in 2009. He came only a sixth-inning walk away from throwing a perfect game. 

SU provided just enough of an effort at the plate to get Mosser his third win of the season. Junior Cash Gladfelter broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the sixth inning with an RBI single and that was all the Raiders needed to get the 4–0 win. 

Mosser’s dominant effort included striking out 10 batters. It was the first time that he reached double-digit strikeouts this season and the fourth time he reached that milestone in his career. The senior is now 3–2 with a 4.15 ERA through five games thus far in 2018. 

The Raiders used Mosser’s no-hitter to complete Saturday’s sweep of Pitt-Johnstown (3-10). The Raiders also received a good effort on the mound from sophomore Zack Sims in the first game of the afternoon in an 18–6 rout of the Mountain Cats.

Sims’ outing got off to a shaky start when he allowed three runs (one earned) in the opening frame. However, he settled down and threw four shutout innings. He finished the game with five innings, allowing just those three first-inning runs while walking three and striking out five. Sims is currently leading the pitching staff with a 4–1 record and a 2.12 ERA thus far in 2018. 

In addition to another solid performance on the mound from Sims, Saturday’s opening game featured 18 runs on 15 hits from the Raiders. SU quickly overcame its shaky defense in the first, taking a 4–3 lead in the second inning on a two-RBI single from senior Grant Hoover. 

SU took control of the game in the third inning, scoring 11 of its 18 runs in that frame. Senior Dalton Hoiles broke the game open with a two-RBI double that made the game 8–3. Later in the inning, the onslaught continued with a two-RBI single by junior Drew Bene. The Raiders totaled eight hits in the third inning alone and by the end of the inning they held a 15–3 lead. 

A pair of dominant pitching performances by SU starters led the way for the Raiders, but the bats were on fire as well. Hoover led the team with four hits and three RBIs while also scoring two runs. Both catchers, Bene (three RBIs) and Jack Goertzen (one RBI), finished the day 2-for-4 with two runs scored. 

The Raiders’ wins over Pitt-Johnstown marked their sixth and seventh wins-in-a-row. SU will look to continue its seven-game win streak on Friday when it hosts Millersville University for a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.

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