Game 1 – Wednesday, April 13
Ship – 2
IUP – 1
Indiana University of Pennsylvania traveled to Shippensburg University’s Robb Field on April 13 to take on the Raiders in a highly competitive doubleheader.
In game one of Wednesday’s doubleheader, Shippensburg took the field by storm by gaining its first series sweep of the season, defeating IUP 2-0.
Freshman pitcher Taryn Wilson, now 6-3, excited the crowd by going head to head with IUP’s pitcher, Lauren Zola, in a long battle on the mound.
Wilson recorded only one allowed run on five hits, accompanied by an impressive five-strikeout game.
Sophomore Tara Bicko was successful two out of the three times she was at bat, scoring a run for her team.
Senior Taylor Pattillo was electrifying at the plate as she went 1-for-3, with one hit, one run and two RBIs.
The impressive opening win was what the Raiders needed to push them past IUP in game 2.
Game 2 – Wednesday, April 13
Ship – 6
In game 2 of Wednesday’s doubleheader, the Raiders completed the sweep over PSAC foe IUP by defeating them 6-5 in remarkable fashion.
The win became sophomore pitcher Chloe Collins’ fourth victory of the season, bringing her to 4-9 throughout the entire 2016 campaign thus far.
Bicko once again thrived under pressure, going 2-for-5, with one run and one RBI.
Sophomore outfielder Anna Warfield showed out big time in the second game of the two game series as she forced a walk-off victory by means of a walk in the 10th inning of extra innings.
Pitching was again a key component in the team’s victory as Collins pitched the full 10 innings, on top of her sacrifice fly at the plate to give the team two runners in scoring position.
The beautifully orchestrated victory bumps the Raiders to a 14-21 record on the season, improving drastically on top of each game.
Shippensburg’s bats could not be stopped and the team picked up eight hits in the impressive outing against the Crimson Hawks.
Game 1 – Friday, April 15
Ship – 0
Millersville – 2
Shippensburg was unable to sweep Millersville University as they did with IUP, but they split the two-game series with the Marauders.
In the first game, on Friday, April 15, the Raiders lost 2-0 in seven innings, with freshman phenomenon Taryn Wilson on the mound.
The Marauders traveled to Robb Field for the two-game series that began at 2:30 p.m.
Warfield impressed again, leading the team in batting and going 2-for-3 in game 1.
Sophomore Eryn Caragein matched Warfield’s almost-perfect day at the plate by going 2-for-3 as well.
Bicko shone bright, going 1-for-3 batting. Freshman utility player Megan Hevey also went 1-for-3.
The loss was Wilson’s fourth of the year, but she came in to collect the win in game 2 against Millersville, bringing her pitching record to 7-4.
The day began with a ceremonial first pitch to honor and bring awareness to multiple sclerosis due to the game being on “MS Awareness Day.”
Game 2 – Friday, April 15
Ship – 7
Millersville – 6
Despite the tough loss just hours before game 2 against Millersville, the Raiders rallied behind each other to start strong and finish with pride as they began the rout on the Marauders, 7-6.
The close victory was thanks to Shippensburg’s hot bats that ignited in the first inning and simmered as the game progressed.
The Raiders recorded six runs in the first inning alone to put them up 6-0 right off the bat.
The immense lead diminished as the Marauders trailed, slowly gaining on the Raiders' early lead.
Millersville ended up accumulating 11 hits to Shippensburg’s nine, but was still unable to score one final run to tie the game, ending the game 7-6 just before Millersville had a chance come back.
Shippensburg successfully fended off the Marauders, but still left many runners stranded on base throughout the contest.
Thanks to Warfield’s solo home run in the first inning the Raiders barely escaped the day with a victory.
Shippensburg now sits at 15-22, 3-9 in the PSAC East, while Millersville falls to 20-14, 9-5 PSAC East.
The Raiders prepare to take on Wilmington University at Shippensburg’s Robb Field on Monday, April 18, for another doubleheader at 2:30 p.m.