Baseball Splits With Gettysburg, 7-3 and 5-9
GETTYSBURG, Pa. - Capitalizing on clutch Game 1 offense and a five-hit day from freshman shortstop Danny McMahon, the Swarthmore baseball team fought to a split with the Gettysburg Bullets on Saturday at Kirchoff Field. The Garnet took the first game 7-3 before defensive lapses and two-out rallies led to a 9-5 loss in Game 2.
McMahon recorded a two-run double in the fifth inning of Game 1, and went 4-for-4 with a run scored in Game 2; the freshman is now batting .389 on the season. Junior right fielder Tim Kwilos picked up three hits over the course of the doubleheader, as did sophomore first baseman Nicko Burnett and senior third baseman/designated hitter Mike Waterhouse; senior second baseman Anthony Montalbano earned a pair of hits and a pair of RBIs in Game 1.
The first game saw the Garnet fall behind early before pushing across two second-inning runs on a sac fly and a Montalbano single to take a 2-1 lead. The Bullets went ahead 3-2 in the fourth, but Swarthmore answered with three in the top of the fifth on an RBI groundout and McMahon's double. In the sixth, a single and a sac fly brought the Garnet total to 7.
Senior starter Zach Weiner pitched around 11 hits to throw a solid seven and two thirds, allowing three runs (two earned) and striking out six. Senior Adam Hardy pitched an inning and a third to close it out.
In Game 2, an inability to record the third out spelled doom for the Garnet. With the score tied at 1 in the fourth inning, a two-out error allowed the Bullets to score three runs and take a 4-1 lead. Swarthmore answered with a run in the fifth, courtesy of a Kwilos sac fly, and another in the seventh, as senior Mike Cameron sacrificed home Swarthmore's third run to close the gap to 4-3; however, with two outs and no one on in the bottom of the inning, Gettysburg put five consecutive men on base and scored four of them to bring the score to 8-3.
Trailing 9-3 in the ninth, the Garnet attempted a late rally, putting the first three men on base and scoring two on a Cameron single and a series of wild pitches before falling 9-5.
Freshman hurler Dylan Jeffers pitched six and two thirds innings, allowing six runs, although only three were earned.
Swarthmore returns to action on Tuesday, when the team travels to Washington College. First pitch is set for 3:30 pm.