Spartans extend win streak to six
Issue date: 4/23/10 Section: Sports
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"The big thing this weekend, our pitching staff did a nice job throwing strikes and getting ahead of hitters. When we do that, we have a pretty good chance," said coach Matt Englander.
On Saturday, April 17, against Westminster College, the Spartans pitched well en route to 4-2 and 10-3 victories. Junior Zach Fry and freshman Jamie Hora each had good starts on the mound, with Hora pitching five shutout innings. In the second game, the Spartans had solid hits almost every inning. They totaled four triples in the game, one of the highest totals in school history.
"Saturday, Jamie and Zach both were pretty good," sand Englander. "Jamie's a kid who throws three pitches for strikes. He doesn't overpower many guys, but he's got enough on everything to keep guys off balance. He's a kid who has a bright future, and we got a good performance out of him Saturday."
Sunday's doubleheader against Hiram College also resulted in a sweep for the Spartans. The first game was a narrow 7-6 win in which half of Hiram's runs came off of home runs. The second was a more resounding 9-4 victory in which the Spartans were able to string hits together for separate innings of three, four, and two runs. Junior third baseman Chad Mullins had five hits and six RBIs over the two games.
"Offensively, we continue to get better. We've got talented kids," said Englander. "They work very hard every day to improve, not just to come in and do what we did before, but to take every day as an opportunity to get better, to improve your swing, improve approach at home plate, being able to see pitches, that type of thing. Their success is really coming from the work they put in.