Millersville tops No. 8 North Georgia
Rothschild tosses 5.1 shutout innings in Marauders’ upset win
DAHLONGEA, Ga. -- Millersville pitchers Brooks Rothschild and Jason Long cruised and the lineup pounded out 10 hits in an 8-1 victory against eighth-ranked North Georgia on Friday.
The win was Millersville's first in a season opener since 2004, and the eight runs were the most scored in an opener since 2002. North Georgia (6-1) entered the game unbeaten while Millersville (1-0) was seeing its first live action on a baseball field since the fall.
Rothschild (1-0) set the tone, hurling 5.1 shutout innings, allowing only three hits and two walks. Including last year's win against then-No. 10 Kutztown, Rothschild has two consecutive wins and 12.1 scoreless innings pitched against top-10 teams.
The bats took the pressure off of Rothschild early as Ryan McCormick scored on a Corey Phelan sacrifice fly in the top of the first. Millersville tacked on another in the fourth when Ryan Chesler ripped a triple to right center field, scoring Nick Bonadies.
North Georgia did not seriously threaten until the sixth. Two of the first three batters singled, bouncing Rothschild from the game. Junior lefty Jason Long entered and quickly escaped the jam by inducing a 6-4-3 double play.
Leading 3-0 in the eighth, Millersville added some insurance.
Mike August, who recorded three hits in his first game as a Marauder, singled in Chesler, and Chris Edgar plated August while Jeff Heisey plated a run of his own. In the ninth, Zach Stone provided an RBI double, and Heisey drove in Stone for an 8-0 lead.
After blanking North Georgia for 2.2 innings, Long gave way to senior Zach Eckley, who gave up one run on one hit, one walk and an error, but closed out the Millersville win.
Seven different Marauders recorded at least one hit and eight scored one run. Stone and Edgar each drove in two runs.
North Georgia used six pitchers. Bryan Kearns (0-1) suffered the loss despite giving up just one run in three innings.