WASHINGTON D.C. - The Gallaudet University baseball team battled through rain and sloppy field conditions to sweep a doubleheader against Valley Forge Christian College on Saturday afternoon. After a 9-3 win in game one, the Bison picked up an 11-2 victory in a rain shortened five-inning game hosted at Catholic University of America. With the sweep the Bison (11-6) have won 11 out of their last 12 games.
The rain couldn't put out the red-hot Gallaudet offense as the Bison tallied 19 hits in the two games. Junior shortstop Tommy Barksdale (Brookeville, Md.) had a solid day at the plate as he went a combined 2-for-4, walked three times and scored three runs. Sophomore outfielder William Bissell (Brewer, Maine) had an equally impressive day at the plate as he went 3-for-6, all extra-base hits, drove in three runs and scored three times.
Game one was highlighted by a five-run fourth inning for the Bison as they trailed Valley Forge (0-13) by one run, 3-2. Bissell had the key hit when he blasted a two-run double to give GU a 7-3 lead. The preseason All-American outfielder contributed again in the sixth when he doubled again to score an insurance run. He later scored when sophomore catcher Chris Guinn (McLoud, Okla.) singled up the middle.
Senior pitcher Ryan Hastings (Cherry Valley, Mass.) picked up his second win of the season as he went the distance, struck out six batters, walked one and allowed eight hits.
The Bison carried their momentum from game one to game two as they scored two or more runs in the second, third and fourth innings. In the five-run third inning Barksdale scored when senior outfielder William Chapman (Los Angeles, Calif.) doubled, he later on a single by sophomore outfielder Marcus Smith (Baltimore, Md.). The Bison put the game out of reach in the fourth when Bissell led off with a triple and was brought in on a RBI-double by Chapman.
Junior pitcher Layton Seeber (Champaign, Ill.) picked up his first win of the season as he pitched five innings where he allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits, three walks and struck out seven Valley Forge batters.
Gallaudet hits the road tomorrow (Sunday, March 25) and will play a doubleheader at University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va., at 1 p.m.