Gettysburg completes sweep with shutout

Patrick Christopher © 2010 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Patrick Christopher © 2010 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

Bullets hold McDaniel to two hits in six-inning victory

GETTYSBURG, Pa. – Matt Karis pitched six innings of two-hit shutout ball and went 1-for-3 with an RBI and run scored at the plate to lead Gettysburg in a 7-0 weather-shortened Centennial Conference (CC) baseball victory over McDaniel on Friday.

Called after six innings due to lightning delays, heavy rain moving in and darkness, the Bullets (13-15, 5-9 CC) made the most of their first three at-bats to complete the season sweep.

Patrick Christopher (Union Beach, N.J./St. John Vianney) and Matthew Pace (Baltimore, Md./North County) notched a hit apiece for the Green Terror (7-15, 3-11 CC), who scored just one run in 15 innings in the two-game series.

A Kevin Langhauser triple to the fence in right field followed by a Cam Riera bouncing-ball single through the left side staked Gettysburg to a 1-0 lead in the first inning.

After a 1-hour, 15-minute weather delay in the top of the second, McDaniel went down in order before Chris Simard led off the inning with a triple to the gap in right-center and scored on a Eric Williams sacrifice fly to double the advantage.

A pair of home runs coupled with a Williams RBI double in the third stretched the lead to 6-0. Riera blasted a two-run shot over the right-field wall before Karis followed two batters later with a solo home run to straightaway center.

Mike Backus led off the home fifth with a double before advancing to second on a long fly out and scoring on a Craig Barrows sacrifice fly to set the final margin.

Upon conclusion of the sixth inning, lightning was once again spotted and rain began to fall. The umpires sent the teams to the dugouts. After a 25-minute delay, another flash was spotted, forcing the game to be called and deemed final at that point.

The Green Terror returns to action in a doubleheader at home against Ursinus on Saturday. The first game begins at 12:30 p.m.

Score by Inning            1            2            3            4            5            6            -            R            H            E
McDaniel (7-15, 3-11 CC)            0            0            0            0            0            0            -            0            2            1
Gettysburg (13-15, 5-9 CC)            1            1            4            0            1            0            -            7            9            3

Brian Rosato and Ray Hart; Matt Karis and Craig Barrows. WP: Karis (4-3). LP: Rosato (1-5). S: none. SO-BB: Rosato 3-2; Karis 5-0. 2B: Mike Backus (G), Eric Williams (G). 3B: Kevin Langhauser (G), Chris Simard (G). HR: Cam Riera (G), Matt Karis (G).