Gettysburg Rips 18 Hits in 15-9 Win over McDaniel
GETTYSBURG, Pa. – Gettysburg scored the first 12 runs of the game and the Bullets completed a sweep of McDaniel College with a 15-9 Centennial Conference victory on Senior Day Friday afternoon at Kirchhoff Field.
The Bullets (19-10, 8-6 CC), who also defeated the Green Terror 7-5 at McDaniel on Tuesday, won their fifth straight game and moved into a three-way tie with Dickinson College and Washington College for third place in the Centennial Conference. Gettysburg and McDaniel entered the game in a three-way tie with Dickinson for fourth in the conference standings.
Freshman Cory Karagjozi led Gettysburg's 18-hit attack, going 4-for-6 with two doubles and three RBIs. Sophomore Nate Simon went 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs while junior Pat Cody and sophomore Alex Freeman each hit 2-for-4 with two runs scored.
Sophomore Drew Felsenthal turned in another solid outing on the mound while earning his fourth consecutive win. Felsenthal (5-1), who defeated conference-leading Johns Hopkins last Friday, blanked the Green Terror over the first six innings before yielding his only three runs in the seventh. He tossed seven innings and allowed five hits and two walks while posting a career-high eight strikeouts and is now 4-0 in conference play.
Seniors Clint O'Brien and Mike Odierna each had a memorable Senior Day, as O'Brien went 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI while Odierna made his first collegiate plate appearance. A pitcher who is out for the season with an arm injury, Odierna pinch hit in the eighth and worked the count full before drawing a walk.
Sophomore Patrick O'Grady was hit with a pitch for the 16th time this season and the 23rd time of his career, breaking Gettysburg single-season record and career records.
Gettysburg has now won eight Centennial Conference games for the first time since the 2008 team went 8-10 in the conference.
McDaniel (19-10, 7-7 CC), which scored nine runs in the last three innings, received a 2-for-2, three-RBI performance from Mike Freeman. Andrew Monger (3-2) worked the first five innings for the Green Terror and was handed the loss, allowing six runs on seven hits and two walks while fanning three.
Just like in Tuesday's game, neither team scored over the first three innings, as Felsenthal and Monger battled in a pitcher's duel in the early going. Felsenthal allowed just two base runners while facing the minimum through the first four innings. Patrick Christopher walked leading off the game but was caught stealing by sophomore Cam MacDonald, and James Chiorello led off the second with a single before a line drive to first ended the inning on a double play.
The Bullets left four runners on base over the first three innings but broke through with a four-run fourth, when all of the runs scored with two outs. MacDonald had a key at-bat, working a deep count before ripping a 3-2 pitch into left that drove in the game's first run. After Freeman reached on an infield hit and O'Grady was hit with a pitch, Karagjozi capped the inning with a two-run single.
McDaniel put a runner into scoring position for the first time in the fifth, when a double and a two-out error placed runners on the corners. But Felsenthal escaped with a strikeout.
Gettysburg pushed its lead to 6-0 in the fifth, then broke it open with a six-run sixth. David Pisauro started the inning in relief of Monger but was greeted with five straight hits and left the game without recording an out. All five of those batters would go on to score, and a sixth run crossed the plate on an error as the Bullets lead ballooned to 12-0.
The Green Terror cleared its bench in the seventh, with seven pinch hitters coming to the plate. But the McDaniel bench plated three runs on three hits, a walk, and a hit batsman against Felsenthal.
Gettysburg pushed across its final three runs in the seventh, which were all unearned as a result of a two-out error, making it 15-3. McDaniel sent 10 batters to the plate in a six-run ninth against relievers Brett Norton and Rob Stalzer to set the final score.