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Gallaudet softball season comes to a close

BUENA VISTA, Va. – The 2010 softball season came to a close for Gallaudet University on the road Wednesday as the Bison dropped a non-conference doubleheader to Southern Virginia University 13-0 in five innings and 11-6 in seven innings.

Gallaudet finished the year 3-23 under the direction of Interim Head Coach Kitty Bottoms in her first season at the helm after serving four years as an assistant coach to former Bison coach Sarah Doleac.

The Bison only had three hits in the shutout loss against the Knights (21-7), a member of the USCAA. Junior Alicia Balzer (Montgomery Village, Md.) took the loss as she allowed 13 runs on 16 hits and two walks. SVU scored nine runs in the first and four in the third inning.

In the second game, Gallaudet tied the game at 5-5 in the top of the fifth inning as the Bison scored five runs. Four of the five runs scored thanks to a three-run home run by junior Casey McCullough (Oceanside, Calif.). The Bison outfielder had two hits in the second game and one in the first game. Freshmen Kara Gulvas (Crown Point, Ind.) and Nicole O’Malley (Fredericksburg, Va.) each had two hits in the second game. O’Malley also scored twice.

SVU responded with six runs in the bottom half of the fifth inning. GU added a sixth and final run in the top of the seventh.

Freshman pitcher Alicia Johnson (San Jose, Calif.) took the loss as she surrendered 11 runs on six hits, walked 10 batters, threw four wild pitches, hit two batters and struck out four Knights. Kyla Christmas earned her 17th win of the season as she threw the complete game.

GU began its season back on March 9 against Southern Virginia at home. The Knights swept that twinbill 8-0 and 19-5 in five innings.