Big bats fuel Huskies’ hot start to 2019 season

Randy Sforza, Sports Writer

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The Bloomsburg University men’s baseball team’s began their 2019 campaign with impressive offensive dominance over University of Science currently places them third in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) standings.

The 3-1 Huskies smacked out 33-runs in their first  four games, averaging nine runs per-outing.

The offensive explosion produced by the team all ignites on Cole Swiger’s bat. The Huskies’ outfielder is performing extremely well at the plate to start this season.

Swiger’s batting average for the season is now .467. Additionally, the kid lives on base, averaging a .526 on-base percentage.
Not to mention, he leads the team in runs batted-in (eight) and is tied for most homeruns with infielder Kyle Ofier (two). Swiger’s team-leading .867 slugging makes him the most dangerous bat in the Huskies’ lineup.

The team also saw freshman pitcher Jared Marshman pitch 4.2 innings of hitless relief in his first collegiate appearance, to guide the Huskies in their 11-3 victory in game two against the University of the Sciences.

Earlier this week, Marshman was named PSAC Eastern Division pitcher of the weeek after his performance.

This weekend, the team will need every ounce of Swiger’s bat production when they open-up a 3-game series against the 10-2 Winston-Salem State Devils.

Winston-Salem opened their season with a 10-game win streak where they averaged eight runs per game. Since then, the Devils suffered two heart-wrenching defeats at the hands of Seton Hill by an average of ten runs, ultimately costing them their first series loss of the year.
Nonetheless, Winston’s has their own Cole playing phenomenally. Junior catcher/pitcher Cole Parks for the Winston-Salem State Devils is batting at a high-level this season.

Parks is batting .326 with a team-high .581 slugging percentage.
In addition, his three times going yard this spring accounts for half the team’s home runs. Parks versus Swiger will be an exciting match-up and could determine who takes the series.

The three game series against Winston-Salem starts this Saturday, March 2 at BB&T Ballpark for  a doubleheader between the two teams. Saturday’s doubleheader will begin at 1:00 p.m., while Sunday’s game will also start at 1:00 p.m.