Bullets Complete Sweep on Senior Day

GETTYSBURG, Pa.  – The Gettysburg College seniors made the most out of their final appearance at Bobby Jones Field, combining for nine hits and leading the Bullets to a sweep of Muhlenberg College in its final Centennial Conference outing on Sunday.
 
Gettysburg (24-11-1, 11-4-1 CC) had already locked up a spot in next weekend's conference playoffs, but the Bullets wanted to send their seniors off with style. The hosts won the opening game 12-4 in five innings and took the nightcap 7-3.
 
Seniors Jamie Abell (Glenn Dale, Md./Elizabeth Seton), Genie Lavanant (Dingmans Ferry, Pa./Blair Academy), Sam Misurell (Franklin Park, N.J./Bishop George Ahr), and Samantha Nestor (Reading, Mass./Brooks School) were honored in between games. They responded with a strong showing in their final home appearances. Abell went 3-for-7 with four RBI, Misurell went 3-for-6 with two runs and two RBI, and Lavanant went 3-for-5 with two walks, two runs, and one RBI in the two-game set. Nestor has been sidelined with an injury for most of the season, but the senior pitcher stepped in as a pinch-runner in the third inning of game one.
 
With a two-run double in the second inning of the opening game, Abell reached 100 career RBI and became just the second player in conference history with 200 hits, 100 runs scored, and 100 RBI. She joined former teammate Steph Zengel '16 who was on hand to witness the milestone.
 
After going down quietly in the first inning, the bats came alive in the next three frames of the opener. The Bullets loaded the bases with two outs and freshman Taylor Doi (Foster City, Calif./San Mateo) stroked a two-run single through the right side. Abell followed with a double to lift the hosts in front 4-0.
 
A pair of errors contributed to a four-run third for Gettysburg, which also included base knocks by Lavanant and Misurell. Muhlenberg (12-24, 6-10 CC) sliced the deficit in half with four runs of its own in the top of the fourth inning, including a two-run single by Karissa Astrella.
 
The Bullets polished off the victory with four unearned runs in the bottom of the fourth. Doi posted her third base hit of the game to plate two runs before getting caught in a rundown between second and third base.
 
Doi finished 3-for-4 with a run and four RBI and Lavanant went 2-for-2 with two runs, a walk, and one RBI.
 
Junior Aileen Reilly (Huntington Station, N.Y./St. Anthony's) secured her 11th win of the season. Reilly gave up four runs on six hits and struck out four.
 
Trailing 1-0 in game two, Muhlenberg fought back to take a 3-1 lead in the top of the third as Kristina Qualben blasted a double to left-center to plate two of the runs. Qualben would be the last Mule to reach scoring position as sophomore Morgan Clauser (Columbus, N.J./Northern Burlington) allowed just two base hits over the final four innings. Gettysburg's defense backed her up with a double play in the fifth.
 
With the visitor bats falling silent, Gettysburg mounted its comeback. Four consecutive singles accounted for three runs in the third inning and the Bullets tacked on three more in the next inning, including two on a deep single to center field by freshman Sarahrose Jonik (Glenmoore, Pa./Villa Maria Academy).
 
Clauser improved to 13-4 after surrendering three runs on five hits and striking out three. Jonik went 2-for-3 with a run and three RBI, while Abell and Misurell each posted two hits and one RBI. Doi scored a trio of runs.
 
Gettysburg visits Susquehanna University for a non-conference doubleheader on Tuesday, May 2, at 3 p.m.