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      Baseball: Spartans bring brooms vs. Bethany, Grove City

      George Jones

      Issue date: 4/10/09 Section: Sports
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      Clay Hurley gets to first base safely during the second inning of Sunday's 3-0 win over Bethany College.
      Media Credit: Zhaoyang Wang
      Clay Hurley gets to first base safely during the second inning of Sunday's 3-0 win over Bethany College.

      The Spartans had a seven-game losing streak going into last weekend and sought to end it and start a winning streak. That's just what they did, sweeping both Grove City College and Bethany College in great displays of offense and pitching. The offense, in particular, had been in a slump, not scoring more than four runs in any game over the losing streak.

      "Obviously it was nice to get four wins this weekend," said first baseman Chad Mullins. "Our bats finally woke up against Grove City, although our pitching struggled. Sunday we were able to get great pitching performances from AJ [Boshinski] and Kevin [Haley], and when they pitch like that we have a very good chance of winning. We played with more confidence this weekend, and we need to continue to do that, no matter who our opponent is."

      "I think guys got reenergized. We had a couple of days off last week, I think that helped them. We had a pretty long stretch there with just one day off a week, and going pretty hard at things," said coach Matt Englander.

      One big story from the weekend was shutting out Bethany College in both games of a doubleheader. Freshman A.J. Boshinski threw a shutout in the first game, and two pitchers combined for one in the second game.

      Said Englander, "A.J. is a young guy we think is pretty talented. His ball moves naturally, he's got a good live young arm, really learning how to pitch at the college level and get people out in the strike zone, and was able to do that."

      "Kevin Haley was solid again on the mound… He's made a huge adjustment mechanically and has taken to it very well," said Englander. "The ball is coming out of his hand great, and that was really a good thing to see, for him to be effective with all the work he's been putting in."

      Junior outfielder Phil Keefe, who has just recently given more playing time, has taken advantage of it. He went 6-for-13 over the three games he played this weekend. Mullins and designated hitter Cory Pecoraro have also continued their resurgent hitting over the past month. Mullins went 11-for-15 with a home run over the weekend, while Pecoraro went 9-for-13.
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