WASHINGTON - The Gallaudet University baseball team was swept by Penn St.-Berks 6-1 and 15-2 in a North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) doubleheader at Hoy Field.
Game 1: Penn St.-Berks 6, Gallaudet 1
Senior pitcher Blake Phillips (Dalton, Ga.) kept the Bison in the game as he held the Nittany Lions to a 2-0 lead through five innings. GU had chances in the first and fourth innings but left two runners on base without scoring.
The Nittany Lions bats came alive in the sixth with six consecutive hits that produced four runs. That was the last inning for Phillips (2-5) after he allowed six runs on 11 hits and three strikeouts.
Gallaudet broke through in the bottom half of the frame with its first run in the game. Junior Dylan Hayes (Endicott, N.Y.) and sophomore shortstop Cameron Upton (Vicksburg, Miss.) had back-to-back singles to lead things off. Senior third baseman Zack Crawford (Newnan, Ga.) was able to put the ball in play as he reached on a fielder's choice. Hayes scored as Upton was thrown out at second base on the play. Crawford was left on base and GU's rally was limited to one run.
Half of the 12 hits Penn St.-Berks had in the game were extra-base hits. Steven Varner (2-1) took the win as he allowed one run on three hits, walked three and struck out eight in six innings.
Game 2: Penn St.-Berks 15, Gallaudet 2
Gallaudet (5-19, 0-4 NEAC) kept Penn St. Berks (9-10, 3-1 NEAC) at bay through the first few innings of the second game before the Nittany Lions scored 12 runs during a four-inning span.
The Bison committed three errors in the four-run third inning. In addition to the mistakes in the field a balk called on Upton (0-2), the starting pitcher, allowed Penn St.-Berks to score a run.
Gallaudet answered with a run in the bottom of the third when Hayes singled home freshman Frank Diaz (Far Rockaway, N.Y.) from third base after he reached due to being hit by a pitch.
The Nittany Lions scored the next 10 runs before the Bison scored a run in the bottom of the eighth. GU took advantage of three Penn St.-Berks errors, made by the same player, as Austin Sliva-Wynne (Richmond, Texas) scored the second run for the Bison.
Upton took the loss on the mound as he allowed six runs (two earned) on four hits and walked four in four innings of work. Hayes and Connor Rosko (Austin, Texas) finished out the game for the Bison out of the pen.
- Hayes and Upton both recorded two hits in the second game
- GU had eight errors on the day (six in the second game)
GU will hit the road and make the short trip to Frederick, Md., to face Hood College (9-14) tomorrow (Sunday, April 9) in a non-conference doubleheader at noon.