Baseball Sweeps Gallaudet in Opening DoubleheaderSaturday, February 25, 2012 - page 4
The Mules pounded out 30 hits, 10 for extra bases including four home runs, in sweeping Gallaudet, 16-1 and 13-6.
But while the offense put up some eye-opening numbers, the most impressive performance may have come from junior Rob Shannon, who pitched a gem in the first game. The southpaw struck out nine and took a one-hit shutout into the seventh inning before a Bison player hit a leadoff home run.
Shannon gave up a single to the second batter, then started a 1-6-3 double play and faced the minimum batters through five innings. He struck out the side in the second and did not permit the ball to be hit out of the infield from the second through the sixth innings.
Muhlenberg’s offense got untracked with a five-run third inning. Freshman Jimmy Cody knocked in the first run with a double in his first career at-bat, and senior Nick Busillo’s two-run single capped the rally.
Junior John Muha hit his second career home run, a two-run blast, in the fourth, and in the fifth, freshman Nick Plinio belted a two-run pinch-hit homer in his first career at-bat.
Sophomore Nick Kennedy added his first career home run in the sixth.
The Mules got outstanding production from their first basemen, as senior Brian Beck and sophomore Max Litvak, who split the game, combined to go 3-for-4 with two RBI.
The duo only got better in the nightcap, going 5-for-5 to lead a 17-hit attack. Muhlenberg scored at least two runs in five of the seven innings.
Junior Joseph Vila went 3-for-4 with four RBI, three coming on a first-inning home run, in the second game.