Junior Sean Murphy (Westfield, Mass./Westfield) smacked a solo home run and sophomore Andrew Decker (Baltimore, Md./Towson) tallied two hits and two RBI as Gettysburg College (1-1) dropped an 18-9 decision to Messiah College (3-3) on Wednesday.
Gettysburg’s Top Performers
- Sean Murphy ’21 – 2-4, Home Run, Run, 2 RBI, Walk
- Andrew Decker ’22 – 2-4, Double, Run, 2 RBI
- Mark Seibert ’22 (Yardley, Pa./Holy Ghost Prep) – 2-4, Triple, 2 Runs
- Dom Gasparro ’20 (Clarksburg, N.J./Princeton Day School) – 2-4, RBI
Messiah’s Top Performers
- Dalton Miller – 3-4, 2 Runs, 3 RBI, Stolen Base
- Colt Price – 2-4, 2 Runs, 3 RBI
- Jarod Bingaman – 2-4, 3 Runs, Walk
- Ryan Hentschel –2-4, 3 Runs, 2 RBI, Walk
- Murphy got the ball rolling offensively with a two-out, solo home run in the first inning. An error kept the inning alive and the Bullets brought home another run on an attempted double-steal. The Falcons answered by loading the bases with two outs and picking up a two-run single from Price. An RBI single by Miller put the hosts in front 3-2.
- The score was knotted at four heading into the bottom of the third when Messiah grabbed the lead on a single by Billy Davis. Spencer McCrory added a two-run double to make it 7-4.
- Gettysburg trimmed the deficit to one in the top of the fourth inning with another two-out surge. Sophomore Matt Muir (South Easton, Mass./Oliver Ames) started things with a single to right and came around to score on a double to center field by Decker. Murphy brought home Decker with a base knock through the left side. The Bullets loaded the bags following a throwing error, but the threat ended with a pop-up to the infield.
- Messiah padded its lead with three runs in the home half of the fourth before breaking loose for eight runs in the fifth inning. The Falcons sent 13 batters to the plate and came away with five hits, while taking advantage of a pair of errors by Gettysburg.
- Sophomore Tyler Carmolingo (Mullica Hills, N.J./Saint Augustine Prep) came into the game in the sixth and induced a double play to cap the lone scoreless inning between the two teams.
- Gettysburg started to rally in the seventh with Seibert smoking a triple down the right-field line and scoring on a wild pitch. Another run scored on a double play and the Bullets’ final tally crossed the plate following a triple by senior Ryan LaCoe (Hershey, Pa./Hershey). The game was called due to darkness in the bottom of the seventh.
By the Numbers
- Gettysburg has totaled 32 hits in its first two games of the season. Nine of those base knocks have gone for extra bases.
- Dating back to the final game of his freshman season, Murphy has reached base safely in 44 consecutive games, which is the longest streak since at least the 2000 season. The junior right fielder is also just one hit shy of reaching 100 for his career.
Where the Series Stands
Messiah trimmed Gettysburg’s lead in the all-time series to 13-12. The Bullets had won each of the prior two meetings and three of the last four.
Gettysburg opens its nine-game spring break trip with a doubleheader against Delaware Valley University in Fort Pierce, Fla., on Sunday, March 8, at 10 a.m.
This story was originally posted on the Gettysburg College Website.