WASHINGTON - The Gallaudet University baseball team was swept in its North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) opener here Saturday as Penn St.-Abington took two from the Bison, 6-2 and 8-7, at Hoy Field.
This doubleheader was originally scheduled to be played at Penn St.-Abington but unplayable fields, due too much rain on Friday, forced the games to D.C. The Nittany Lions (3-15, 2-0 NEAC) served as the home team while Gallaudet (5-16, 0-2 NEAC) batted first.
Game 1: Penn St.-Abington 6, Gallaudet 2
After the Nittany Lions took an early 2-0 lead, the Bison came back in the top of the fourth inning and scored two runs to tie the game. Penn St.-Abington responded in the bottom of the fifth and tacked on four unearned runs, due to three GU errors, to take a four-run lead. The Nittany Lions sent the Bison down in order in the sixth and seventh to earn the victory.
The Bison had trouble offensively as they were held to just three hits throughout the game. They were finally able to get on the scoreboard when senior Zack Crawford (Newnan, Ga.) singled to right-center field to bring home junior Dylan Hayes (Endicott, N.Y.).
Senior pitcher Blake Phillips (Dalton, Ga.) pitched a complete game and faced 28 batters, as he allowed six runs (one earned) on five hits, four walks and two strikeouts.
Penn St.-Abington starting pitcher Austin Mikula (1-0) threw a complete game as he surrendered two runs on three hits, walked one and struck out three.
Game 2: Penn St.-Abington 8, Gallaudet 7
Gallaudet had a chance to win the game in the ninth inning when pinch hitter Gilwon Seo (Hongseong, South Korea) stepped to the plate with runners on second and third base. Seo saw four pitches before he grounded out to third base to end the game.
Penn St.-Abington broke a 7-7 tie in the bottom of the eighth when Tyler DiPatri (2-for-3, two RBI) singled up the middle to plate Brett Guagliono (2-for-3, two runs, two RBI).
The Bison held a 7-5 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth inning. GU had scored runs in four straight innings after it fell behind 2-0 early and later 5-1.
Hayes and Phillips recorded RBI singles in the sixth inning to give the Bison a 7-5 advantage.
Penn St.-Abington knotted the game at seven with a sacrifice fly and a Matt Meyers single up the middle.
The Bison found themselves down 5-1 after three innings. Hayes doubled home juniors Kyle Gumm (Dallas, Texas) and Michael Ehlers (Tinley Park, Ill.) to begin Gallaudet's three-run fourth inning. Upton followed with a double to right-center field as Hayes scampered home.
GU starting pitcher Ian Evans (Murphy, N.C.) allowed seven runs on seven hits, walked five and struck out four. Upton (0-1) pitched the rest of the game and allowed the game-winning run in the eighth.
- Hayes went 3-for-4 in the second game and had a team-high three RBI, two runs
- Freshman Connor Rosko (Austin, Texas) went 3-for-5
- Gallaudet had five errors in the first game and no errors in the second game
- GU left 11 runners on base in the second game
Gallaudet turns back around tomorrow (Sunday, April 2) to host the No. 1 team in Division III as it welcomes Shenandoah University (21-1) to Hoy Field at 1 p.m.