Nate Gercken, Senior Class Lead Baseball to Win
Top performances win out during an Academy record-setting night
Baseball Senior Day (featuring L–R: Nate Gercken, Nick Giotta, James Singzon, Daniel Skinner, Chucky Cavestany, Jordan Thomas, Maclane Brady). Photo by Eric Manlove.
Senior starting pitcher Nate Gercken (Multimedia Communications) delivered a performance fit for Senior Night on April 3, throwing a one-hit, complete game shutout in the final home game of his ART U career to defeat Holy Names 2–0 in a Pacific West Conference game at Laney College.
Gercken (4–5) was four outs away from a no-hitter while helping the Urban Knights snap an 11-game skid. He threw 7 2/3 no-hit innings before HNU’s Christopher Gnos ran out a ground ball to shortstop with two outs in the eighth.
It was a record-setting night for Gercken, who set a new Academy career record for complete games by going the distance for the 12th time in his career. It was his second complete game shutout of the season and third of his career, dropping his season ERA to 1.90. He also set a new single-season ART U strikeouts record with nine Ks, pushing his 2015 total to 59.
The Academy honored seven seniors in a pregame ceremony Friday playing in their final home games: Maclane Brady (Fashion Merchandising), Chucky Cavestany (Motion Pictures & Television), Gercken, Nick Giotta (Web Design + New Media), Daniel Skinner (Multimedia Communications), James Singzon (Acting) and Jordan Thomas (Industrial Design). Cavestany scored the Urban Knights’ second run of the game in the sixth, while Brady and Singzon had one hit each.
Junior second baseman Cody Edmunds (Multimedia Communications) went 2-for-3 and drove in both ART U runs with an RBI single in the fourth inning and an RBI fielder’s choice in the sixth. That would be all the support Gercken would need, and he mowed down the Hawks in an hour and 50 minutes. Gercken only had two walks and faced just four over the minimum.