The Millersville University baseball team is now ranked No. 1 in the nation according to the Collegiate Baseball NCAA Division II Poll, which is voted on by coaches.
It is the first time in program history that the Marauders are ranked No. 1.
The nearby Lancaster County school became just the third Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference program to achieve a No. 1 ranking during the regular season, joining the 2007 Kutztown and 1995 Mansfield clubs. Millersville, with a 35-3 record, garnered 480 points for the top spot. Franklin Pierce (31-4) followed in second, with Tampa (31-6) and Southern New Hampshire (31-3) tied for third.
Millersville has steadily risen up the polls after starting 18th in the preseason. Millersville climbed in the polls in each of the first six weeks and has sat at No. 3 or No. 2 in the previous five polls.
The team's balance shows in the stats. The Marauders rank fourth nationally in batting average (.352), 15th in team ERA (3.27) and ninth in fielding percentage (.972). The Marauders have 12 games remaining on the regular-season slate. After improving to 16-2 in the PSAC East, Millersville became the first team in the league to clinch a PSAC Tournament berth. The Marauders hold a five-game lead over East Stroudsburg and West Chester with eight league games remaining. They are in search of a fourth consecutive PSAC East crown.
OTHER LOCAL COLLEGE NOTES
York's Strauch honored by CAC: York College senior Megan Strauch has been named the Capital Athletic Conference Women's Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week.
Strauch led the nationally ranked York College Spartans to a pair of road wins for the week. She started the week with one assist, four ground balls, three draw controls, and two caused turnovers in the Spartans' 9-8 win over Catholic. She followed that with three ground balls, four draw controls and a caused turnover in the 10-5 win over Christopher Newport. That win enabled York to capture the final first-round home game in the upcoming CAC Tournament.
For the year, Strauch has 42 ground balls, 37 draw controls and 22 caused turnovers. All three totals lead the Spartans. Strauch also has six points on four goals and two assists from her defensive spot.
York is 11-5 overall and 5-3 in the CAC. The Spartans were No. 14 in NCAA Division III in the latest Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association poll.
York softball team splits final home doubleheader: The York College softball team split its final two regular-season home games on Monday.
Taking on McDaniel College, the Spartans (25-15 overall, 8-7 Capital Athletic Conference) dropped the first game, 6-0, but bounced back to record a 5-1 win in the second game.
Jenny Coyle gave York what it needed in the second game. She allowed one earned run in her complete-game win, giving up three hits and striking out four. Spartans' catcher Haley Hirn hit a homer, while center fielder Joanna Marmo drove in two runs.
In the first game of the day, one inning did in the York. McDaniel struck for five of its six runs in the top of the first. The Spartans managed just four hits in the loss.