Host Millersville plated two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning of game two to wrestle a split from visiting West Chester University in a PSAC East Baseball doubleheader at Marauder Park on Friday.
West Chester (26-4, 11-3 PSAC East) got another stellar performance from starter Joe Gunkel (5-0) in the opener to take a 2-1 nailbiter from the Marauders in the opener. However, Millersville (20-17, 8-10) edged West Chester, 3-2, in the nightcap as a result of its late rally.
Gunkel scattered seven hits over seven innings, allowing just a single tally in the fourth to remain unbeaten on the year. West Chester plated its two runs in the top half of the fourth to take a 2-0 lead, before Millersville cut that deficit in half. The hosts could get no closer as Gunkel allowed just two more singles the rest of the way. The Marauders did strand the tying run at third in the fifth.
A pair of back-to-back sacrifice flies from Jordan Wlodarczyk and Matt Baer scored two unearned runs in the fourth for the Golden Rams.
Fred Breidenbach (5-1) suffered his first loss of the season in the nightcap. He cruised through six innings, allowing just one run, as West Chester took a 2-1 lead into the final frame. David Pine tripled in the first run of the inning and later scored on a sacrifice fly with one out that brought home the winning run.
West Chester got its two runs in the third inning when Jack Provine singled, and Joe Wendle tripled down the right-field line to drive Provine home. Justin Lamborn then hit a sacrifice fly to score Wendle from third.
West Chester and Millersville finish up their four-game weekend series on Saturday at Serpico Stadium with a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.
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