By Michael Howard
Lincoln Lion’s baseball season continues to it heat up as the team sets a Lincoln University record.
The Lions pitching staff made a historic combined no hitter game against Urbana University. Marcus Castillio, sophomore pitcher for the Lincoln Lions Baseball team, explains what it feels like to be a part of such a historic win.
“It feels great to be a part of school history and accomplish something rare. There was some pressure going into the last inning but I have faith in my defense behind me so that gave me the confidence to the finish the game.”
Pitching staff partner Terrence Berry chimed in describing his mindset and feelings on being back this year.
“It felt great, being able to compete is the best feeling an athlete can have. Having the opportunity to throw a combined no hitter is just the perfect story to add to the all the work that I put in so I can get back healthy. There really were not much nerves about playing just hoping that I can set the right tone for the season. Being the ace, my mindset is to go into every game looking to shut the other team down and hopefully I can give my team the confidence to go battle each and every inning.”
Both pitchers attribute their historic throw to the “confidence” the team shares.
The Lions were able to get on the board early, tacking on to the lead scratching out seven runs.
Lions got on the board in the third inning as senior Devante Parker‘s single brought in the game’s first run. Later in the fourth inning they scratched across two more runs and did not look back from that point on.
Going into game two the Lions stayed hot and got going early once again. Sophomore Aiden Gomes tripled in the third inning knocking in the first run.
The Lions went on to score five runs and made it a close one. Senior Yasser Ortiz came in to pick up the save, granting the Lions a much deserved 5-4 victory.
The Lions went on to drop game three of the series, 12-11 on Sunday. They fought all the way to the end rallying late in the game but eventually coming up short.
The Lions are gearing up for their annual spring break trip as they will make their way down south to take on some teams and look to stay hot.
The Lions will take part in 6 games and look to head back to Pennsylvania in the driver seat continuing their success.