April 02, 2012
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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Marian University head baseball coach Kurt Guldner earned his 500th career victory on Saturday afternoon when the Knights split their Mid-Central College Conference doubleheader with Grace College at Marian University Ballpark.
The Knights earned Guldner's milestone victory when senior Ben Walters posted a complete game, four-hit shutout in a 1-0 victory in the opener of the twin bill. Guldner became the all-time winningest coach in Marian University history on April 26, 2008 when he earned win number 419 in his 15th season.
"This is a great achievement," said Guldner after being presented a framed jersey by his senior players after the doubleheader. "I cannot accept responsibility for one of those 500 wins. I didn't get a hit or make a defensive play to earn any of those wins. I have to thank the players over the years for playing Marian University baseball the way we want it to be played."
Walters played MU baseball well in the opener. The senior lefthander threw another masterpiece to improve to 5-2 on the year. He scattered just four hits and struck out seven to earn his second shutout of the season. The complete game was his fifth of the season and the shutout brought his ERA to 3.66 in 46.2 innings of work this season.
The offense came in the bottom of the fourth as the Knights were able to get the breakthrough in a pitcher's duel. Junior Brett Metcalf hit a single with one out and sophomore Brody Edgerly put two runners on after Metcalf was safe on a fielder's choice. Freshman David Hertel hit a single to right field, but the GC right fielder was unable to field it cleanly to allow Metcalf to score the game's only run.
MU mustered just five hits in the game with senior Jared Mills, Metcalf, Hertel, junior Dustin Hileman and senior Jeff Marschand each recorded a hit in the win.
The nightcap was another duel with junior T.J. Witham battling Grace's Brad Heintz. Grace broke through first with an RBI-double in the top of the second, but the Knights answered quickly when Hertel hit an RBI-single to score the tying run.
The Lancers grabbed the lead in the top of the fifth after a one-out walk and hit-by-pitch put two runners on. An RBI-single brought the lead run home and it was enough for Heintz as he stranded four MU runners and allowed just two hits over the final three innings to take the series clincher, 2-1.
Witham went six innings, allowed two runs on four hits and struck out eight in falling to 1-4 on the year.
Edgerly was one of just two players between the two teams to get two hits as he went 2-for-3 with a run scored. Hertel had a hit and an RBI, while Walters, Mills and freshman Brett Jackson each added a hit.
The Knights get back into action on Tuesday when they head to Mount Vernon Nazarene University (15-11; 6-6 MCC) for a crucial MCC doubleheader in Mount Vernon, Ohio. First pitch is slated for 2 p.m.