Bush allows one run in seven innings to send Shippensburg past Millersville 4-1
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Senior Cody Kulp hit a pair of RBI doubles, senior Tom Bush threw seven innings of one-run ball and senior David McKolosky ended Friday’s game with a sensational diving catch in left field as Shippensburg notched its first NCAA tournament victory since 2008 with a 4-1 victory against Atlantic No. 1-seed Millersville at Gene Hooks Field.
Shippensburg (29-21) staved off elimination with the win.
Millersville's Chris Murphy allowed a season-high 11 hits in 6.2 innings of work.
Seven hits came off the bats of seniors, including the doubles by Kulp, a 3-for-3 effort by catcher Tyler Shover, an RBI single by McKolosky in the seventh and a single by Simon Beloff.
Millersville (39-17) opened the scoring in the third inning, scraping together a run on a two-out single by Mark Stuckey. It was the only blemish against Bush, who scattered nine singles in an 82-pitch effort that included two walks and two strikeouts.
Kulp’s first double came in the fourth inning with Beloff on first and Shover on third. His shot landed off the scoreboard in left field to score Shover. Beloff was thrown out at the plate after a clean relay by the Marauders.
In the sixth, SU claimed the lead with two outs on the second Kulp double as Hogan scored from second base. Shover was thrown out at home plate on the play.
One inning later, the Raiders padded their lead with two more runs. A leadoff double by sophomore Jimmy Spanos came before a single up the middle by McKolosky to make the score 3-1. McKolosky then stole second, moved to third on a ground out and scored on a bunt single by junior Cal Hogan.
Junior Austin Bartley came out of the bullpen in the eighth to secure a two-inning save.