No stopping Gelletly in his first start on mound



May 08, 2002|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Penn State redshirt freshman Arin Gelletly was just another good college baseball player until he received his first chance to be a starting pitcher 10 days ago against Big Ten foe Michigan.

That was the day Gelletly (River Hill) became something special for the Nittany Lions.

The 6-foot-2, 190-pound right-hander set the Wolverines down on three hits, five strikeouts, no walks and no runs in a nine-inning gem that immediately thrust him into the Big Ten spotlight.

The transfer from Maryland was chosen a Big Ten Top Performer of the Week and suddenly is in line to become the team's No. 1 starter after six relief appearances. He has a team-low ERA of 2.01, a 2-1 record in 22 1/3 innings, 10 strikeouts and seven walks.

Gilletly had been the starting third baseman for the Nittany Lions (20-23, 9-13 Big Ten), with a .319 batting average, 14 RBIs, five doubles and one home run.

Decent stats.

But outstanding pitchers are hard to find.

Those close to Gelletly are delighted by his sudden emergence as a starting pitcher.

"His life has pretty much been devoted to baseball since he's been little," said his mother, Kay. "All the guys up there [Penn State] are dedicated to the game. You have to be at that level."

In lacrosse history

Senior Lauren Dutch (Mount Hebron) finished her lacrosse career at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh with 128 goals in four years, putting her third all-time in scoring in school history.

The four-year starter on attack was twice named to the Atlantic 10 All-Conference team. The Dukes were 41-29 during Dutch's career.

Stringer stars at DeSales

Patrick Stringer (Dulaney) was the third-leading scorer this spring for the DeSales (Pa.) University Division III men's lacrosse team.

The sophomore attackman/midfielder had 30 goals and six assists for the Bulldogs (5-11). He also had two game-winning goals.

Sophomore defender Charles Gailunas (Mount St. Joseph) had 58 ground balls along with one goal and two assists for DeSales. A third Baltimore-area player, sophomore defender Kyle Orndorff (John Carroll), had 17 ground balls and one assist for the Bulldogs.

Et cetera

Freshman goalkeeper Abbie Wright (Annapolis) was an honorable-mention selection for Neumann (Pa.) College on the All-Pennsylvania Athletic Conference team. Neumann is a Division III school.

Junior center fielder Vince Bush (Archbishop Curley) led King College in Bristol, Tenn., in stolen bases (34) and doubles (17) in addition to hitting .336. King is an NAIA school.

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