Eric Hungerford hurls three-hit shutout to lift Gettysburg to 18th win in a row
GETTYSBURG, Pa. -- Junior Eric Hungerford fired a three-hit shutout and faced the minimum 27 batters as 29th-ranked Gettysburg ran its winning streak to 18, blanking Dickinson 2-0 in Centennial Conference (CC) action at Kirchhoff Field in a game that was played through a steady rain through the last four innings.
It was the second consecutive shutout for the conference-leading Bullets (21-3, 7-0 CC), who also whitewashed the Red Devils on Wednesday and have now thrown 27 consecutive scoreless innings versus Dickson, dating back to last season.
Senior Patrick O’Grady went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles for Gettysburg, which also won its 18th consecutive home game.
Greg Kurtz also threw a complete game for Dickinson (16-6, 2-4 CC), scattering nine hits in eight innings while striking out four.
Despite slick conditions, the two sides made just one error apiece. Gettysburg’s infield, which retired 18 batters on Wednesday, registered 13 more assists and turned two double plays behind Hungerford (5-0), who also picked off two runners, did not walk a batter, and struck out eight. He retired his final 13 batters en route to his fourth career shutout and 13th career complete game.
Hungerford faced a threat in each of the first two innings but worked out of both jams. Ryan Dolan reached on an error leading off the game but was picked off. Then in the second, Joe Tursi smacked a leadoff double and moved to third on a groundout. The Bullets then escaped when Phil Werner lined into a 3-2-5-1 double play. Werner’s sinking liner was scooped near the ground by first baseman Mike Elisio, and both sides played on as if it had hit the dirt. Elisio fired to home to catch Tursi in a rundown; the umpires would rule Elisio had caught the ball in the air.
In the third, Brian McCloud stroked a one-out single, but was caught breaking for second when Hungerford threw to first, producing a 1-3-6-1 pickoff.
Dickinson’s last batter to reach came in the fifth, when Mark Adams stroked a one-out single. However, he was erased on an inning-ending 4-6-3 double play. Hungerford was perfect the rest of the way, when he did not allow the ball to leave the infield on four strikeouts and eight groundouts.
The Bullets scored single runs in the first and fourth innings. Gettysburg needed just two batters to score their first run, as senior Austin Davis drew a leadoff walk and easily scored when O’Grady lined a double deep into the leftfield corner.
Senior Tommy LeNoir got things started in the fourth against Kurtz (0-1), who was making his first start of the year. LeNoir blasted a double into the right-center gap leading off, was bunted to third by junior Scott Zanghellini, and scored on a single up the middle by junior Mike Kielbasa.
Kurtz blanked Gettysburg the rest of the way, working out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh.