Muskie Baseball Finishes RussMatt Invitational with Win, Start Season 7-2

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3/12:  The baseball team finished their excellent trip to Florida, winning against the Albion Britons by a score of 14-8. The team is now 7-2 and on a 6 game winning streak.

Head Baseball Coach Gregg Thompson won his 400th game in the final game of the RussMatt Invitational.  Thompson has coached the Muskies since 1996.

The Muskies had 14 runs on 17 hits, lead by C Marc Ibarra and RF Vayden Wood who had 3 a piece. Wood also had 3 stolen bases on the day.

The Muskies will play next on Wednesday against Pitt.-Greensburg. Tentative Game time are set for 2:30 p.m at Mose Moorehead Field. You can listen to the call on WMCO, 90.7

3/11: Muskie baseball continued their dominance today, sweeping a doubleheader against Clark University Cougars extending their winning streak to 5 games, winning the games 16-11 and 7-2.

The 6-2 Muskies won game one of the doubleheader against the Cougars 16-11 after being down four different times during the seven inning contest. The team capped off the win on the heels of a 6 run bottom of the 6th, also scoring 4 runs in the 1st and 2nd innings.

The team won game 2 scoring 7 runs on 13 hits. CF Christian Leitenberger hit a 2 run home run in the top of the 4th. Freshman starter Kyle Gannon got his first win going 5.2 innings and giving up only 2 runs.

3/10: The Muskies capped off a thrilling comeback against the Waynesburg Yellow Jackets on their last out, winning 13-12.

The Muskies improve to 4-2 at the RussMatt Invetational in Florida, as they tied the game in three different occasions in the 6th, 7th, and 9th innings. The clawed their way back after Kyle Schmitgen gave up a grandslam in the top of the 8th to Yellow Jacket LF Matt Bensinger, who had two HRs on the game for 6 RBIs for Waynesburg. The Muskies were down 12-7 heading into the bottom of the 8th, but scored 2 runs to cut the Waynesburg lead to three runs.

The Muskies finished the game off with 4 runs in the bottom of the ninth, as CF Christian Leitenberger walked to lead the inning off, followed by a Nate Mejia hit by pitch and a single by SS Dallas Allen to score Leitenburger. After the bases were loaded, 2B Matt Lynn singled to score both LF Eddie Harper and Allen to end the game.

3/9: The Muskies continued their offensive dominance over the Mount Saint Joseph Lion today, winning 13-3 and improving their RussMatt Invitational record to 3-2.

The Muskies had 13 runs on 18 hits as they kept hammering the Lions, giving Mount Saint Joseph their first loss of the season (8-1). They were paced by 2 home runs in the game, a solo shot by LF Eddie Harper in the top of the 6th and a grandslam by freshman catcher Marc Ibarra.  Also, in the rout of the Lions, freshman Michael Pagano went 3-5 with an RBI.

Freshman starter Patrick McGinty pitched well earning the win only allowing 3 runs over 7 innings, while striking out 9. McGinty’s only major damage was a 2 run home run to Lion 2B Mike Williams.

3/8: The Muskies blew out the Nebraska Wesleyan Prairie Dogs 11-2 on Tuesday, evening their record at the RussMatt Invitational to 2-2.

Baseball was down early after Prairie Dog 1B Mark Korsakas hit a home run off of freshman pitcher Evan Hinds, who made his first career start today.  Hinds settled down and earned the win after throwing 8 innings of 9-hit ball in which he gave up only 1 earned run.

The Muskies got the ball going offensively after CF Christian Leitenburger went 3-4 in the game with a double, a walk, and 3 runs scored. The team had two 5 run innings in the 5th and 7th innings off of Nebraska Wesleyan pitchers Jordyn John and Samuel Candello.

3/7: The Muskies lost to Trine today in Winter Haven, Florida in the bottom of the 9th inning by a score of 6-5.

The Muskies were down early 5-0, but rallied in the 7th and 8th innings with 3 and 2 runs, respectively, tying the game 5-5.  The baseball team couldn’t keep the momentum going and were held scoreless in the top of the ninth.

The Trine Thunder finished the game off by loading the bases against Sophomore Pitcher Kyle Schmitgen and pinch hitter for Trine, Robert Perez, had a game winning hit that led them to victory. Schmitgen took the loss for the Muskies, giving up 3 walks, 2 hits, and 1 run.

3/6: The Muskingum University Baseball Team split their March 6 double-header with Gwynedd Mercy in Florida, losing the first game 6-2 and winning the second game 3-1.

The first game was started by Matt Lynn who took the loss. He gave up 5 earned runs with 3 walks over 6 innings he pitched. The Muskies couldn’t get the offense going, only getting 4 hits over 7 innings of play.  Christian Leitenburger hit his first home run of the season in the 6th inning.

The second game the Muskies had more luck, in the 2nd inning Dallas Allen doubled, stole third base, and came home on a passed /ball.  Leitenburger also helped out in the 5th inning by reaching third base on an error by Gwynedd Mercy RF Chris Carmolingo and scored on a single by Marc Ibarra. Freshman pitcher Darien Smith got the inning, allowing only 1 earned run over 6 innings, while striking out 5.

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