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Gettysburg Athletics | March 13, 2014

Al Posch's hitting streak reaches 35 in Gettysburg's 14-5 victory

Al Posch

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Gettysburg erupted for 21 hits Thursday in a 14-5 victory against Monmouth (Ill.) as senior Al Posch singled twice to push his hitting streak to 35 games dating back to last season.

All nine starters hit safely for the Bullets (4-3), who broke open the game with a nine-run fifth inning in which they sent 13 batters to the plate.

Seniors Austin Davis and Tommy LeNoir each finished 4-for-6, with LeNoir also driving in three runs and ripping two doubles. Seniors Nate Simon and Cam MacDonald each added three RBIs while senior Patrick O’Grady, Posch, Simon, and MacDonald all had two hits.

Senior Joe Saladino pitched the first five innings for Gettysburg to earn the win before freshman Rich Power tossed four scoreless innings to pick up the save.

The Fighting Scots (2-4) took a 1-0 lead in the first before the Bullets answered with two in the top of the second on RBI singles from MacDonald and Davis. Monmouth tied it in the bottom half of the inning before the Bullets exploded in the fifth. Simon and MacDonald each had a two-run double in the inning as Gettysburg took an 11-2 lead.

Monmouth answered with three runs against Saladino and Power in the sixth. But Power escaped further damage when he struck out the final two batters of the inning with the bases loaded and one out. The Bullets tacked on two runs in the seventh and one in the eight.

Saladino (1-0) worked five innings, allowing five runs on 11 hits and no walks. Power was touched for just three hits and two walks while fanning five. Austin Hardy (0-2) suffered the loss for Monmouth, allowing eight runs on 11 hits through four innings.

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