Gettysburg Baseball Remains Undefeated in the CC after defeating Dickinson, Washington and Franklin & Marshall
By Kelly Keith, Staff Writer
The Bullets have changed the face of Gettysburg Baseball this season with 12 returning seniors and numerous determined players. Breaking the Gettysburg record for most consecutive wins last week, the Bullets have advanced to 22 games won in a row. The Bullets are taking Division III baseball by storm.
Another huge accomplishment for the Gettysburg baseball team is being ranked 22nd in the nation by d3baseball.com. Junior Mike Kielbasa was announced conference player of the week. Also, Kielbasa and junior Eric Hungerford were placed on D3baseball.com’s team of the week.
Last Wednesday the baseball team beat Dickinson 4-0. First-year Eric Brown, who tossed Gettysburg’s first complete-game shutout of the season, allowed just one walk and struck out three.
Brown talks about his first time pitching a Centennial Conference game, “It was very exciting to go out there and get the opportunity as a first-year to help the team. I just tried to do my best to keep my team in the game for as long as I could and throw strikes. I put a lot of trust in my catcher, senior Cam McDonald, it was just as much his game as it was mine.”
The players performed well in every position. The Bullets infield recorded 18 ground ball outs without giving up an error. Junior Scott Zanghellini finished 2-for-3 at the plate, extending hitting streak to 16.
The Bullets defeated Dickinson again 2-0 the next day, home, at Kirchhoff Field. Junior Eric Hungerford fired a three-hit shutout allowing no walks. The Bullets never gave up and their strong offense pulled through with two runs to win the game.
Gettysburg baseball swept Washington College away this past Saturday. A great conjoined pitching effort by senior Drew Felsenthal, sophomore Luke Lawrence and first year Rich Power. Great offense complimented the defense; junior Mike Kielbasa had a big day at the plate for Gettysburg, finishing 5-for-7 with a triple and a home run.
Gettysburg faced defending Centennial Conference champs Franklin and Marshall this past Sunday. The Bullets beat the Diplomats for the second time this season. The Bullets offense was on point, winning the game 21-4, Gettysburg College baseball is more confident than ever about where their team is headed.
Sophomore Henry Klimowicz talks about Gettysburg’s win over Franklin and Marshall and what it means for the Bullets. “Sunday was definitely a statement game for us. Playing the defending conference champs on their turf is always going to be a game that we get excited for and I think we showed that with our offense.”
Klimowicz talks about why he believes the key to the team’s success is through their offensive approach. “We play each inning with the same intensity as the last and it shows on the scoreboard. We gave Chris Yoda proper run support and he was able to throw strikes and get outs like he usually does. The idea now is keeping this approach throughout the remainder of the season so we don’t become complacent with ourselves.”
Bullets baseball is now a nationally ranked team. They are breaking Gettysburg College records and appear to be filled with great potential.