Junior Joe Giovinco went 2-for-3 and scored three runs as Gettysburg College held off Lancaster Bible College for a 4-3 non-conference baseball victory at Kirchhoff Field Tuesday evening.
Gettysburg (9-7) scored in its opening at bat for the eighth time this season. Giovinco drew a walk and then scored all the way from first base on a hit-and-run as junior Ryan LaCoe smacked a double to right-center. The Bullets have out-scored their opponents 26-12 in the opening inning this season.
Giovinco scored each of the game’s next two runs as well. After leading off with an infield second in the third, the junior swiped second base before scoring on a single to left field by freshman Mark Seibert. Giovinco came home on a single through the right side by sophomore Sean Murphy in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Working with a lead for most of his time on the mound, sophomore Erik Wortmann allowed a lead-off single to start the game, but sophomore Eric Raio gunned down the runner attempting to steal second base. Wortmann did not allow another hit and only one runner reached scoring position in the remainder of his four innings of work.
The Chargers scored their first run on a bases-loaded walk in the sixth inning, but senior pitcher Sam Dobbins worked out of the jam with a swinging strikeout and a groundout to shortstop to end the threat.
Lancaster Bible closed the gap to a one with a pair of unearned runs in its final two at bats. With the tying run on first base, freshman Tyler Carmolingo picked up a pop-up bunt to Raio and back-to-back fly outs to the outfield to close the game and earn his first collegiate save.
Over his last six games, Giovinco has hit .542 (13-for-24) with eight runs scored. Seibert and Murphy each went 2-for-4 with one RBI. Wortmann struck out four and improved to 2-1 this spring.
Gettysburg hosts Messiah College today at 3:30 p.m.
SOFTBALL: After trailing by five in Game 2, Gettysburg College rallied back to defeat non-conference opponent Hood College 12-6 on Tuesday evening. The Bullets blanked the Blazers 3-0 in the opener.
Senior Morgan Clauser allowed just four hits and struck out five in seven innings from the circle. The senior pitcher improved to 8-1 on the season.
Gettysburg (10-6) and Hood (4-12) both went three up, three down to open game one and only combined for three hits through four innings of play. Sophomore Brynn Griffith started the second inning with a single to right field and junior Rachel Julie registered the second hit in the third for Gettysburg. The Bullets defensive unit kept the Blazers off the bases until the bottom of the third when Maddy Collins posted a double to left center.
The Orange and Blue finally connected in the top of the fifth inning off a triple from junior Taylor Doi, who smashed the hit to right center, driving home junior Liz Cowell and sophomore Brooke Studnik for the 2-0 lead.
Hood’s best chance at getting on the board came in the bottom of the sixth. After a foul out to first base, the Blazers put players on second and third with a walk followed by a double to right center, but the Bullets defense halted any chances as Studnik and Cowell tracked down the foul and fly out to close the inning.
A two-out triple by Julie in the seventh inning scored Doi for the final run of game one.
Doi went 2-for-3 with two RBI, run, and a triple with Julie also adding two hits, an RBI and a triple. Julie has accumulated six triples this season, collecting four in the last six games for the Bullets.
In Game 2, Gettysburg finished with 12 runs, 16 hits, 10 RBI and a home run.
The hosts took an early 5-0 lead after scoring five runs in the first inning, but that soon faded away as the Bullets fired back with the comeback.
Freshman pinch hitter Hannah Lindert notched a two-RBI single to left field, allowing senior Sophia Blasius and Griffith to score to get Gettysburg within three.
The Blazers would only register one final tally in the bottom of the fifth as the Bullets exploded with the runs in the fourth and sixth inning.
With the bases loaded and only one out, a two-RBI single by sophomore Emily Colline to center field started the offensive wave for the Bullets in the fourth inning. Blasius and Cowell each tallied an RBI single as well to pull the Orange and Blue ahead 6-5.
A run in the fifth and five runs in the sixth secured the Bullets to victory. Doi stole home in the fifth to make it 7-5 while sophomore Shelby Baker pounded her first career grand slam and junior Nicole Farese scored on a throwing error by the pitcher.
Doi went 4-for-6 with three runs with Julie and Lindert adding three hits each. Baker led the team with four RBI, while Lindert and Colline produced two.
Freshman pitcher Skylar Spinner registered the victory after allowing just one run, four hits, and struck out four.
Gettysburg hosts Lebanon Valley College on Thursday in a non-conference doubleheader at Bobby Jones Field, beginning at 3 p.m.
MEN’S LACROSSE: Sophomore defenseman PJ Dettor and senior attackman Blake Gray were named to the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association D3 Team of the Week.
Dettor was named to the nation’s weekly team after keying Gettysburg’s defensive effort in a 13-9 win over No. 8 Ursinus College last Saturday. The sophomore long-pole put up three caused turnovers and two ground balls, while helping the Bullets hold the Bears to just four total goals through three periods. When Ursinus rallied in the fourth, Dettor tallied two caused turnovers and two ground balls in the frame. Dettor has started all nine contests and has totaled nine ground balls and eight caused turnovers.
Gray earned his first selection to the Team of the Week after leading Gettysburg’s attack against the Bears. The senior tied his personal best with five goals and dished out an assist. Gray, who also scored his 100th career point in the contest, turned in three of his goals during a 7-0 run spanning the second and third quarters. Gray ranks third on the team with 15 goals and is tied for fourth with 18 points this spring.
Gettysburg has landed a player on the USILA D3 Team of the Week in four consecutive weeks. Juniors Mitch Wykoff and Brian Kolen earned the nod three weeks ago and sophomore Alex Ulrich was selected the following week. Wykoff earned his second selection last week.
Gettysburg, ranked seventh in the latest national poll, meets No. 19 Franklin & Marshall College today at 7 p.m.
MEN’S GOLF: Senior Christian Haldeman was named the Centennial Conference Men’s Golfer of the Week after claiming medalist honors at the Dickinson College Spring Invitational Monday.
Haldeman earned his first weekly honor from the conference after carding a 74 to force a four-way tie for the top spot in a field of 61 at the Carlisle Barracks Golf Course. The senior took home his first individual title after comparing scorecards. Haldeman bested his season low by six strokes and posted his best score since firing a career-low 72 on the second day of the Glenmaura National Collegiate Invitational on April 24, 2017.
Gettysburg competes in the McDaniel Invitational at The Bridges Golf Club in Abottstown on Saturday and Sunday.