Reilly Mows Down Diplomats in Sweep

GETTYSBURG, Pa.  – Junior Aileen Reilly (Huntington Station, N.Y./St. Anthony's) struck out a career-high 13 batters in the opening game and Gettysburg College rolled to a sweep of Franklin & Marshall College in Centennial Conference softball action at Bobby Jones Field on Tuesday.
Gettysburg (22-9-1, 9-4-1 CC) won the opener against Franklin & Marshall (10-18, 6-6 CC) 4-0 as Reilly posted her fifth shutout of the season and topped her previous career high for strikeouts by two. A two-run single by junior Wendy Folfas (Westminster Md./McDonogh School) helped the Bullets complete the sweep in game two 4-1.
Reilly was masterful inside the pitcher's circle in game one, striking out at least two batters in each of the first five innings. She allowed only three hits in the game and struck out the side in the second and fifth innings.
The junior fell one strikeout shy of the program's record and tied the mark for most strikeouts against a Centennial opponent. It was the most strikeouts in a game since Beth McCullough '10 fanned a record-tying 14 batters against Staten Island on March 6, 2009.
Gettysburg scored a pair of runs in both the second and third innings. Sophomore Sophia Blasius (Ramsey, N.J./Ramsey) smashed her first career home run over the left-field fence to account for the first two runs. Sophomore Meredith Taylor (Hamilton, N.J./Northern Burlington) singled in another run and Blasius capped the scoring with a sacrifice fly in the third frame.
Reilly improved to 10-5 on the year. Senior Jamie Abell (Glenn Dale, Md./Elizabeth Seton) went 2-for-3 with a run scored.
Reilly started the second game and picked up three more strikeouts in the first 1.2 innings. The Diplomats finally caught up to the Bullet pitcher and picked up a run on a single by Kelly Van O'Linda in the second inning. Sophomore Morgan Clauser (Columbus, N.J./Northern Burlington) entered the game with runners on first and second and caught Erin Russell looking at a third strike to end the threat.
Gettysburg tied it up in the bottom of the second with Blasius hitting a sacrifice fly to center field. Folfas came through in the next frame, stepping up to the plate with the bases loaded and driving a ball up the middle to bring in two more runs.
Clauser kept Franklin & Marshall's bats quiet over the final five innings, allowing just two hits and not permitting a baserunner to advance past first base.
Gettysburg scored its final run on an error in the sixth inning.
Clauser improved to 12-3 after giving up just two hits and striking out two over the final 5.1 innings. Folfas went 2-for-3 with two RBI. Abell tallied another hit in the nightcap and is now just two shy of becoming the second Gettysburg player to record 200 career hits.
Gettysburg hosts No. 7 Messiah College this Saturday at 1 p.m.