MU's Hillson gets 800th win in extra innings
Matt Fisher hit a two-out, walk-off double in the bottom of the eighth inning to lead Mansfield to 3-2 win over No. 20 Millersville and give head coach Harry Hillson his historic 800th career in a PSAC East win Sunday afternoon at Shaute Field.
Millersville won the opener 2-0.
"Boy that was a good game," said Hillson shortly after being drenched with a water cooler following the extra-inning victory. "That's one I'm always going to remember - not because it was my 800th, but because of the way we came back and won it against a nationally ranked team."
Hillson becomes just the third coach in Pennsylvania collegiate baseball history to achieve the 800 win milestone, doing so in his 27th season as the head coach of the Mountaineers. Skip Wilson, who led Temple to 1,034 victories in his 45 seasons at the helm of the Owls program, has the most coaching wins in Pennsylvania collegiate history followed by Slippery Rock's Jeff Messer who has 865 wins in 28 seasons.
Hillson has more wins that the rest of the head coaches at Mansfield combined.
"800 wins doesn't say as much about me as a coach as it does about the players over the years in our program," said Hillson. "We've had, and continue to have, great players here who take pride in being a Mountie."
Game two started with a pitcher's duel between Mansfield's Danny Brown and Millersville's Jim McDade as neither pitcher allowed a hit through the first three innings of play. The Marauder's Jeremy Musser broke up the no-no in the top of the fourth inning by belting a lead-off homer over the right field fence to give Millersville the 1-0 advantage. McDade allowed his first hit of the game on a lead-off single to right by Joey Andrews in the bottom of the fourth.
Millersville improved its lead to 2-0 in the top of the fifth on an RBI single by Tyler McDonald to score Mark Stuckey who started the inning with a double down the left field line.
Mansfield's Stanton Tentnowski opened the bottom of the fifth with a single deep in the hole at short stop then advanced to third on a failed pick-off attempt by the Marauder pitcher. Seth Tressler's groundout to second base was enough to score Tentnowski and cut the deficit to 2-1.
Dylan Woodworth led-off the bottom of the sixth by reaching on walks then advancing to second on a wild pitch. An Andrews bunt single pushed Woodworth over to third before the senior scored on a wild pitch to tie the game at 2-2.
In the top of the seventh, David Pine lined a two-out double to the gap in center, but was thrown out trying to stretch the play into a triple on a well-executed 8-6-5 relay by the Mountaineers.
Tentnowski opened the bottom of the inning with a single then advanced to second on a Conor Thompson sacrifice bunt. However, an ensuing strike out and ground out left the runner stranded as the game moved into extra innings.
Millersville threatened in the top of the eighth with runners on first and second with two outs, but relief pitcher Jeremy Mapstone was able to retire the side and keep the game tied at 2-2.
In the bottom of the eighth, the Marauders forced back-to-back ground outs to bring sophomore Anthony Renz to the plate. Facing an 0-2 count, Renz roped the ball down the left field line for a two-out single. On the ensuing at bat, senior Matt Fisher took the second pitch he saw on a ride to the gap in left field. Renz motored around the base paths and beat the relay throw home to score the winning run for the Mountaineers on the Fisher RBI double.
Jeremy Mapstone earned his first win of the season after coming on in relief in the top of the eighth inning for Mansfield.
Adam Zipko took the loss after pitching 2.2 relief innings.
Andrews and Tentnowski each recorded a pair of hits for the Mountaineers in the winning effort.
The opener also saw both pitchers going head-to-head in a no-hit duel in the early part of the game. Mansfield's Joey Zuniga pitched 3.1 innings before allowing a single up the middle to Musser while Millersville's Chris Murphy tossed 4.0 innings before allowing a hit to Renz.
The Mauaders got on the board in the top of the fifth inning on Lebo's RBI single down the right field line to score McDonald. McDonald scored Millersville's second and final run of the game in the seventh.
Murphy stymied the Mountaineer bats, pitching a complete game three-hitter to earn his 10th victory of the season.
Zuniga was tagged with the loss for Mansfield.
The Mountaineers return to action on Tuesday when they host Clarion for a PSAC interdivision doubleheader at Shaute