WASHINGTON - The Gallaudet University baseball team finished up the 2017 season here Sunday afternoon as they fell to non-conference opponent Marymount (Va.) University, 11-1, at Hoy Field. The game was originally slated to be played at Marymount's field before unplayable field conditions forced the game to GU.
The Bison (9-31), who were the visiting team for this game, jumped out to an early 1-0 lead when sophomore shortstop Cameron Upton (Vicksburg, Miss.) flew out to center field which allowed junior outfielder Kyle Gumm (Dallas, Texas) to tag up and score from third base.
However, the Saints (20-21) responded with two runs in the bottom of the first and dug in defensively, to prevent the Bison from scoring for the remainder of the game.
As Gallaudet struggled to get its offense going the Saints managed to build their lead.
The Saints built a commanding 7-1 lead over the Bison after scoring four runs in the third and one in the fourth. They added two runs in the sixth and two runs in the seventh before the game ended in nine innings.
In his final game as a Bison, senior pitcher Ian Evans (Murphy, N.C.) took the loss as he pitched five innings. Evans (3-7) gave up seven runs (two earned) on eight hits, three walks and one strikeout. Evans was relieved in the sixth inning by senior Blake Phillips (Dalton, Ga.), who gave up four runs on six hits, walked two and struck out four batters.
- Junior Dylan Hayes (Endicott, N.Y.) had a double and went 2-for-3
- Hayes and Upton both had a double in the game
- Senior third baseman Zack Crawford (Newnan, Ga.) and Gumm each stole a base for Gallaudet
- The Bison made five errors
- Marymount struck out eight batters
Three seniors played their final game for Gallaudet University
#3 Ian Evans
Evans, a four-year letterwinner and captain, was a three-time North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Scholar-Athlete and was named NEAC Baseball Pitcher of the Week two times. In his career, he started in 37 games and appeared in 55 games. He pitched 10 complete games, won nine games, 141 strikeouts and tallied a 5.89 ERA.
#13 Blake Phillips
Phillips, a four-year letterwinner at Gallaudet, appeared in 140 games and pitched in 49 games. At the plate, Phillips finished with a .203 batting average, 74 hits, 10 doubles, two triples, 45 runs and 43 RBI. In the field, he accumulated 166 putouts and 356 assists. On the mound, Phillips started in 32 games, won 11 times, eight complete games, 129 strikeouts and a 5.57 ERA.
#15 Zack Crawford
Crawford, a four year letterwinner and captain, finished his baseball career at Gallaudet as a two-time NEAC Scholar-Athlete honoree and earned NEAC Baseball Player of the Week honors last season. In four seasons he played in 135 games, recorded a .243 batting average with 102 hits, 57 runs, 11 doubles, two triples and 47 RBI. In the field, Crawford had 150 putouts and 235 assists.
This concludes the 2017 season for the Bison. GU is slated to return 14 underclassmen in 2018.