Bullets’ offense dominates Diplomats 12-1
By Sean Brower, Staff Writer
Junior pitcher Eric Brown tossed a six-hit, complete game gem and the Gettysburg baseball team’s offense provided him with plenty of support, in a 12-1 victory over the Franklin and Marshall Diplomats on April 5.
“[I’m] feeling great. It’s great to get a win out there and my team played great behind me. I was just trying to throw strikes. They were playing tremendous[ly] behind me,” said Brown.
Leading the attack at the plate was senior second baseman Steve Wright, who went two-for-three, picked up three RBI’s and scored two runs.
“The first at-bat [in the 2nd], I remember coming back to the dugout and I was thinking that I couldn’t see the ball that well. I wasn’t picking it up. But after the second at-bat [in the 4th]…I started seeing the ball better, and the third at-bat [in the fifth] was when I got that 2-RBI single,” said Wright, who also singled in a run in the sixth.
Before Wright picked up his first of two RBI hits, however, fellow senior and first baseman Henry Klimowicz went to work, knocking in the first of his own two RBI’s in the bottom of the first on a groundout. More prominently, though, his defense helped Brown in his efforts on the mound.
“Those plays, we practice [them], pitcher and first base, PFB’s we call them, all the time, and that’s basically what it was. [Brown] was able to get over there, [I] flip him the ball, and he was there every time,” said Klimowicz, who made such a play to end the game.
Brown’s performance itself was stellar. He struck only one, but also allowed only one walk. His only blemish came in the fifth, when Franklin and Marshall junior catcher Chris Vincent notched an RBI fielder choice to drive home fellow junior and center fielder Tyler Daley, the only Diplomat to record two hits against Brown.
“I just tried to take it inning by inning, focus, you know. Go out there and get the first strike on the batter and hope you get the first out and go from there,” said Brown.
On offense, classmates and outfielders Andy Kelley and Shawn Moffitt joined Klimowicz and Wright with two hits of their own, batting in one and two runs, respectively. Junior catcher Will Anderson and junior third baseman Logan Sneed also collected two hits each.
“It’s nice to get a win in Conference, let alone win 12-1 against F&M. So, I mean, coming out here today, getting our first win over F&M, it feels great,” said Wright.
The Bullets next home game is Friday, April 15, at 3:30 p.m. Come out to support the team, as they battle the Dickinson College Red Devils!