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Baseball Earns Split at Muhlenberg

ALLENTOWN, Pa. – Senior Collin Short (Chesterfield, Va./Benedictine College Prep) totaled five hits and three RBI as Gettysburg College (1-3) earned a split at Muhlenberg College (1-1) in a Centennial Conference baseball doubleheader Saturday afternoon.

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Gettysburg’s Top Performers

Muhlenberg’s Top Performers

  • Jonathan Toth: 3-6, HR, 2B, 2 Runs, 2 RBI
  • Skyler Petrie: 2-4, HR, 2B, 2 Runs, 3 RBI
  • Truman Devitt: W (1-0), 6 IP, 4 Hits, 3 Runs (1 Earned), 2 BB, 7 SO

Game One Summary

  • Muhlenberg came out swinging as Toth belted a solo home run as the second batter of the game. Petrie added a two-run double later in the frame and the hosts tacked on an unearned run in the second inning to take a 4-0 lead.
  • The Bullets trimmed the deficit in half in the top of the third, taking advantage of a pair of Mule errors to bring home two runs on a single up the middle by senior Matt Szczesny (Schwenksville, Pa./Perkiomen Valley).
  • The hosts answered in the bottom of the inning with a lead-off home run by Petrie and picked up an RBI single by Jack Kent. Both teams scored a run in their turns at the plate in the fourth inning to set the score at 7-3.
  • Senior Dan Ball (Bernardsville, N.J./Bernards) kept the Mules in check with only three hits allowed from the fifth to seventh innings, while the Bullets trimmed the lead with two more runs in the top of the eighth. Junior Shane Manieri (Harleysville, Pa./La Salle College Prep) stroked an RBI triple and then came around to score on Short’s third hit of the game.
  • Muhlenberg put the game out of reach with an eight-run eighth inning. The Mules sent 13 batters to the dish and racked up six hits in the frame.
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Gettysburg’s Top Performers

Muhlenberg’s Top Performers

  • Christian Schwarz: 2-4, 2B, Run 2 RBI
  • Cameron Miller: 2-4

Game Two Summary

  • Senior Erik Wortmann (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) was dealing through the first four innings of game two, setting down each of the first 12 batters he faced. Gettysburg supported its starting pitcher with a run-scoring single by freshman Andrew Donlan (Haddam, Conn./Avon Old Farms) in the second inning and a two-run single to left field by sophomore Matthew Peipher (Lititz, Pa./Manheim Township) in the fourth.
  • The Mules picked up their first hit to lead off the fifth inning, but the runner was quickly wiped away by a double play started by Wortmann. Muhlenberg came right back with four consecutive base hits to bring across three runs and tie the game 3-3.
  • The Bullets regained the lead in their next at bat with four base knocks. Sophomore Kyle Miller (Montclair, N.J./Montclair) brought in the first run with a single to left field and Szczesny scored another run with a double down the left field line. Both Miller and Szczesny came around to score on a single by Short to push the lead to 7-3.
  • Wortmann retired the first two batters he faced in the fifth inning, but after giving up back-to-back singles, he was replaced by sophomore Kenneth Spadaccini (Cresskill, N.J./Cresskill). Spadaccini walked the first batter to load the bases, but he escaped the jam with a pop up to first base.
  • The Mules managed to get runners on base in each of the final four innings, but Gettysburg’s defense held firm and helped Spadaccini strand eight runners on the base paths. Muhlenberg scored a run in the eighth inning and the Bullets followed up with a run in the ninth as Short singled to lead off the frame and moved around the bases on an error and two wild pitches.

Where the Series Stands
Gettysburg and Muhlenberg have played 120 games since the series began in 1914. The Bullets hold a 68-52 lead in the all-time series. The two teams were playing their first series in Allentown since 2017, which also featured a split.

This story was originally posted on the Gettysburg College Website.

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