Sophomore Erik Wortmann fired his second career complete game and freshman Andrew Decker and junior Ryan Augustus each drove in two runs as Gettysburg College closed the regular season with an 8-4 non-conference baseball victory at Juniata College on Monday.
Wortmann fired the first nine-inning complete game for Gettysburg (17-20) this season. The sophomore right-hander allowed four runs on 11 hits, while posting five strikeouts.
The Bullets spotted their hurler a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Junior Ryan LaCoe reaching base on a single down the left-field and freshman Mark Seibert drew a two-out walk. Augustus brought home both runners with a two-bagger to center field.
Leading 2-1 entering the fourth inning, Gettysburg tacked on two more runs with the first coming home on a double to left-center by sophomore Harry Quimby. After advancing to third on a groundout, Quimby came home on a balk by the pitcher.
Juniata (10-25) managed to tie the game on a two-run homer by Sam Craig in the fourth inning and an RBI groundout by Adam Kipp in the seventh.
The Bullets surged past the Eagles with four runs in their final two at bats. Seibert pushed his team in front with a run-scoring single in the eight. Junior Joe Giovinco led off the ninth with a triple and came right home on a double by freshman Matthew Muir. Both Muir and freshman Reid Gesualdi, who drew a walk, raced home on another two-bagger by Decker to set the final score.
Decker finished 3-for-4 with a run and two RBI, while Augustus went 2-for-5 with a hit-by-pitch and two RBI. Seibert reached base in all five of his plate appearances, posting a hit and drawing a walk and three hit-by-pitches. Sophomore Sean Murphy extended his streak of reaching base safely to 42 games with a walk in the eighth inning.
WOMEN’S LACROSSE: Sophomore midfielder Kerry McKeever was named the Centennial Conference Women’s Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week after posting 15 points and 10 draw controls in a pair of victories for second-ranked Gettysburg College.
McKeever earned her second career weekly honor from the league after equaling and then besting her personal-best point totals in two games for Gettysburg (15-1). In a 22-4 win over McDaniel College, the sophomore put up five goals and two assists, while tracking down four draw controls all in the first half.
McKeever had a hand in half of Gettysburg’s goals in a 16-13 win over No. 25 Washington College, netting five goals and dishing out three assists for a career-high eight points. She scored each of the Bullets’ final three goals, including two with less than four minutes to play after the Shorewomen had cut the gap to one goal. McKeever also swooped in for six draw controls against Washington.
The sophomore leads Gettysburg with 48 goals and ranks second in assists (23), points (71), and draw controls (66).
The Bullets open postseason play against Washington College (12-5) in the CC semifinals at Franklin & Marshall College this Saturday at 3 p.m.
MEN’S LACROSSE: Junior attackman Brian Kolen can celebrate his birthday as the Centennial Conference Offensive Player of the Week as selected by the conference office and announced on Monday.
Kolen, who turned 21 on Monday, racked up 13 points on five goals and four assists as eighth-ranked Gettysburg College (13-3) closed the league slate with wins over McDaniel College (17-5) and Washington College (12-8).
The junior attackman was dialed in against the Green Terror, tossing in five goals and dishing out four assists on his way to a career-high nine points. Kolen led the way with four goals against Washington as Gettysburg wrapped up the No. 2 seed in the CC playoffs.
Kolen, who was also named CC Offensive Player of the Week on March 4, has tossed in a personal-best 55 goals this spring, which ranks as the fifth-best mark in program history. He has also cracked the Bullets’ top 10 for season points with 73.
Gettysburg opens the postseason at home against No. 15 Dickinson College (11-5) in the conference semifinals Wednesday at 4 p.m.