Gettysburg pounces early in win

Matthew Pace © 2010 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Matthew Pace © 2010 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

First three Bullet batters reach in 8-1 win over McDaniel

WESTMINSTER, Md. – Ryan Taylor scattered eight hits and fanned seven McDaniel batters in a complete-game effort, keying Gettysburg's 8-1 Centennial Conference (CC) baseball victory over McDaniel on Wednesday.

Mike Backus led the offense for the Bullets (12-15, 4-9 CC), rapping out three hits that included the third of three straight hard-hit singles to lead off the game.

Jimmy Najera (Fort Washington, Md./DeMatha) went 2-for-3 for the Green Terror (7-14, 3-10 CC) while Matthew Pace (Baltimore, Md./North County) added a 2-for-4 showing.

Kevin Langhauser poked a single through the left side to lead off the game before Cam Riera and Backus both drove balls into center field to load the bases.

After a strikeout, Matt Karis drove in Langhauser with a sacrifice fly and Chris Simard singled home Riera for a 2-0 lead.

Simard got caught in a rundown, allowing Backus to score from third for a three-run first inning.

Craig Barrows led off the second with a double before scoring on a Langhauser sacrifice fly to stretch the lead to 4-0.

An error and a Barrows single in front of a two-out Langhauser three-run home run stretched the lead to 7-0 in the top of the fourth.

After loading the bases in the visitors fifth, McDaniel got a ground ball for a double play to get out of further damage before Tyler Jackow (Colonia, N.J./Colonia) roped a one-out double into the left-field corner in the bottom of the frame. He scored on a Brandon Kline (Myersville, Md./Middletown) RBI groundout after moving to third on a wild pitch.

A hit batter and second Green Terror error coupled with a Backus RBI double set the final margin in the top of the sixth.

McDaniel concludes the home-and-home series at Gettysburg on Friday. Game time is 3:30 p.m.

Score by Inning            1            2            3            4            5            6            7            8            9            -            R            H            E
Gettysburg (12-15, 4-9 CC)            3            1            0            3            0            1            0            0            0            -            8            12            1
McDaniel (7-14, 2-10 CC)            0            0            0            0            1            0            0            0            0            -            1            8            2

Ryan Taylor and Craig Barrows; Mike Freeman, Joe Drzonsc (5), Christian Wingate (7) and Ray Hart. WP: Taylor (4-3). LP: Freeman (0-3). S: none. SO-BB: Taylor 7-0; Freeman 2-0, Drzonsc 1-3, Wingate 0-0. 2B: Mike Backus (G), Craig Barrows (G), Matthew Pace (M), Jimmy Najera (M), Tyler Jackow (M). HR: Kevin Langhauser (G).