First published on March 7th by the Bloomsburg University’s campus newspaper, The Voice.
Baseball broke out the brooms against Winston-Salem this past weekend.
Well-timed scoring and sensational pitching were the ultimate deciding factors in the sweep against Winston-Salem University this past weekend.
During Saturday’s doubleheader, the Huskies put on a stellar offensive performance in their first-game against the Rams. Ten runs were scored with eight different players registering a RBI. After five innings of play, the men had already established a comfortable 4-0 lead when right fielder Cole Swiger cracked a crowd-demoralizing home run against WSSU pitcher, Jalen Scott. However, Winston-Salem would eventually claw back and knock-in four consecutive runs to cut the deficit to one heading into the 8th inning. Nevertheless, the Huskies’ bats responded emphatically scoring five runs over the next two innings for a final score of 10-4. Bloomsburg senior pitcher Ashton Raines got the win with his solid 6 2/3 innings of work with five strikeouts. The two standout stars in Saturday’s first game were Cole Swiger and Jared Burcin. Swiger went 3-for-5 with three runs scored. Swiger’s three home runs this season currently leads the team. Burcin had an efficient day at the plate hitting 2-for-3 including a double in the second inning.
In game two, Bloom’s offense fell asleep. Well not all of them because someone forgot to read Nate Krizan and Jake Reed a bedtime story. Krizan hit a momentum-fueling two-run single in the third inning igniting the Huskies’ offensive barrage. That timely-single increased the Huskies lead to 3-0, giving pitcher Nick Stoner some much needed breathing room.
The Huskies would go on to score four runs over the next two innings, three of which were caused by the sophomore third baseman, Jake Reed. Reed, who already scored a run off of the Krizan single, smacked a two-run single of his very own sending follow teammates Colton Hooker and Ryan Shifer across plate to build a 6-2 lead. He would then advance to third after outfielder Carter Chasanov flied out to right-field, placing him in perfect position to add to the Huskies lead. Reed would end up scoring the teams seventh run on a wild-pitch thrown by Winston-Salem’s pitcher Cole Parks. The men would go on to win game two of the doubleheader with a final score of 7-5. Bloomsburg pitcher Nick Stoner earned the win allowing just five hits over five crucial innings.
The final game of the series took place on the following Monday due to a postponement. The Huskies would go on to complete the three-game sweep of WSSU with a final score of 4-1. Bloomsburg improves to 6-1 on the season. This latest dominating performance over Winston-Salem keeps Head Coach Mike Collin’s club third in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC).
Next up for the Huskies is a doubleheader in Petersburg, Virginia this Wednesday. They’ll take on the 6-4 Virginia State University Trojans.