April 17, 2012

Gettysburg Holds on to Beat McDaniel

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WESTMINSTER, Md. – Junior Pat Cody finished 3-for-5 and collected his 100th career hit as Gettysburg held off a late McDaniel College rally and defeated the Green Terror 7-5 in a Centennial Conference baseball affair Tuesday afternoon at Preston Field.

The Bullets (18-10, 7-6 CC), who never trailed and ripped 14 hits, won their fifth game in a row and have now posted their highest victory total since the 2007 team finished 26-13. They are now tied for fourth place in the conference standings with Dickinson College and McDaniel and will meet the Green Terror again on Friday in Gettysburg.

McDaniel (19-9, 7-6 CC) erased a 5-2 deficit with three runs in the bottom of the eighth before the Bullets went in front 7-5 with a two-run ninth. The Terror loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the inning against junior reliever John Donovan, but they were left stranded, as Donovan induced a flyout to right and a pop-up to short to end the game.

Sophomore Al Posch went 2-for-6 with three stolen bases for the Bullets, who won despite leaving 15 runners on base but were the beneficiaries of five McDaniel errors. Sophomore Patrick O'Grady went 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored while classmate Cam MacDonald and senior Clint O'Brien added a pair of hits. O'Grady also tied the school's season (15) and career (22) records for getting hit by a pitch when he was plunked in the fourth.

Junior Ryan Taylor started on the mound for Gettysburg and went 7 1/3 innings, yielding five runs (three earned) on seven hits. He walked three and struck out five while moving into fourth on the school's career strikeouts list. Donovan (2-0) earned the victory, throwing the final 1 2/3 innings.

Marshall Betts finished 3-for-4 for the Green Terror.

Taylor and McDaniel starter James Chiorello threw shutout ball over the first three innings before Gettysburg went in front 2-0 in the fourth. Cody and sophomore Nate Simon led off with back-to-back singles before scoring on a bases-loaded infield error. But the hosts answered with a pair of runs on two hits, a walk, and a sacrifice fly to pull even in the fifth.

Another quick start led to Gettysburg's two-run sixth. O'Brien and O'Grady reached on singles to lead off the inning, and O'Brien scored while MacDonald reached on an error during a sacrifice bunt. O'Grady made it a 4-2 game when he crossed the plate on a fielder's choice from sophomore Alex Freeman.

The Bullets pushed their lead to 5-2 in the eighth, when sophomore Zach Parsons led off with a single against reliever David Pisauro and scored on a single from Cody, who reached hit No. 100 with his two-out single in the fifth.

Betts drove in two runs with a double in the eighth, and after Jimmy Najera singled to put runners at the corners, Taylor was lifted for Donovan. Chris Longo then lifted a sacrifice fly to right that tied the game, but Najera was picked off on the play. O'Brien cut off Posch's throw to the plate and threw to Freeman, who was covering first and ran down Najera to end the inning with the scoreboard reading 5-5.

Another leadoff hit followed by a McDaniel error opened the door for Gettysburg in the ninth against reliever Matt Bejsiuk. O'Grady led off with a single before MacDonald reached for the second time during an error on a sac bunt. Freeman bunted both runners over before O'Grady scored on Andrew Monger's wild pitch. Parsons drew a walk and MacDonald scored on freshman Cory Karagjozi's fielder's choice.

Donovan (2-0) hit Daniel Segel leading off the bottom of the inning before Tayler Jackow bunted his way on. After a flyout to left, Donovan hit another batter to load the bases before bearing down to get the final two outs. It was the third game in a row that Donovan finished, as he also worked 1 2/3 in the opener and 2 1/3 in the nightcap of Gettysburg's sweep of Muhlenberg on Saturday. He earned a save in the first game against the Mules.

Chiorello pitched seven innings and gave up four runs (two earned) on 10 hits for McDaniel. Bejsiuk (1-2) was charged with the loss.

Gettysburg and McDaniel meet at 3:30 p.m. on Friday at Kirchhoff Field.

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