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Washington Sweeps Gettysburg in Season Opener

GETTYSBURG COLLEGE
GETTYSBURG COLLEGE

GETTYSBURG, Pa. – The first baseball games played at Kirchhoff Field in nearly two years did not favor the hosts as Washington College (8-2) doused Gettysburg College (0-2) with a pair of setbacks 9-3 and 5-3 in the Centennial Conference opening doubleheader for both teams.

Game One Breakdown

Gettysburg’s Top Performers

  • Matt Szczesny ’21 (Schwenksville, Pa./Perkiomen Valley): 3-5, Run, RBI
  • Aaron Kirby ’23 (Sandy Hook, Conn./St. Joseph): 1-3, 2 RBI, Walk
  • Dan Ball ’21 (Bernardsville, N.J./Bernards): 6.0 IP, 2 Hits, 2 Runs (0 Earned), 4 Ks

Washington’s Top Performers

  • Jack Kingman: 2-5, Run, 2 RBI
  • Dylan Nepert: 2-4, 2 Runs, RBI
  • Chris Baker: 2-5, Run, 2 RBI
  • Mike Smith: 5 IP, 5 Hits, 3 Runs (2 Earned), 4 Ks

Summary

  • Max Ruvo sent an early message by knocking a lead-off triple to right field. Washington added four more consecutive hits to plate the first three runs. CJ Gillmer laid down a sacrifice bunt to drive home another run and Nick Tamberino closed the five-run first with a sacrifice fly to right.
  • The Bullets put each of their first two batters on the base paths and that set the stage for Kirby to knock in a pair of runs with a two-out single up the middle.
  • Baker smashed a triple over the head of the center fielder to open the second inning and scored on a groundout by Kingman to put Washington in front 6-2. Gettysburg countered with an RBI single by Szczesny in the bottom of the frame.
  • Washington starter Mike Smith left the game after five innings of work and three relievers combined to limit the Bullets to four hits and no runs over the final four innings. Gettysburg packed the bags in the seventh, but Alex Bendzlowicz worked out of the jam with a force out at home and a grounder back to the mound.

Game Two Breakdown

Gettysburg’s Top Performers

Washington’s Top Performers

  • CJ Gillmer: 2-4, 3 RBI
  • Dylan Nepert: 2-3, RBI, Walk
  • Ethan Osgood: Win, 3.2 IP, 2 Hits, 0 Runs, Walk, K
  • Ben Pika: Save, 1.0 IP

Summary

  • Gettysburg starting pitcher Myles Burbank ’21 (Rye, N.Y./Rye) kept Washington without a hit through the first three innings of action.
  • After coming up empty on a bases-loaded situation in the second inning, the Bullets produced the first run of the game when Matt Muir ’22 (South Easton, Mass./Oliver Ames) plated Miller from second base with a single to right field.
  • Washington came right back to tie the game, picking up two hits, a hit-by-pitch, and a walk at Burbank’s expense. Following an RBI single by Gillmer, Teo Torrado ’22 (New York, N.Y./Polytech Prep Country Day) left three runners stranded with a strikeout and fly out to right field.
  • The Bullets retook the lead in the bottom of the fourth despite the Shoremen nearly working out of a bases-loaded jam. An attempted double play on a grounder by Miller led to an errant throw and two runs came home to push Gettysburg in front 3-1.
  • Washington regained the advantage in the top of the fifth, tying the game on run-scoring singles by Kingman and Nepert before a sacrifice fly by Gillmer that made it 4-3.
  • Spadaccini pitched well in relief for the Bullets, scattering five hits over 4.1 innings and refusing to allow a run until the final frame. Gillmer struck again in the Shoremen’s final trip to the dish, driving home Joe Curtin. Pika entered the game in the bottom of the ninth and set the Bullets down in order for his second save of the season.

By the Numbers

  • Gettysburg playing its first game since a 16-2 win over Marymount on March 12, 2020. It was the team’s first game at Kirchhoff Field since splitting with Muhlenberg on April 27, 2019.
  • The Bullets left a total of 19 runners on the bases, while the Shoremen stranded 18.
  • Ball’s performance marked his longest career relief appearance. It was also the second-longest outing of his career, trailing only a seven-inning effort against Norwich in 2018.

Where the Series Stands
Gettysburg remains ahead in the series with Washington 34-29-1. The Shoremen won at Kirchhoff Field for the first time since 2015, ending a five-game skid at the venue overall.

Up Next
Gettysburg heads to Muhlenberg College for a conference doubleheader on March 27 at noon.

This story was originally posted on the Gettysburg College Website.

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