WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Gallaudet University softball team finished out its home schedule on Sunday with a split against North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) opponent Penn St.-Harrisburg before a nice crowd at the GU Softball Complex. After falling in the first game 8-0 in five innings, the Bison outlasted the Nittany Lions 4-1 on Senior Day. Senior outfielder Easter Faafiti (Pittsburg, Calif.), senior first baseman Jessica Buckwalter (Palmyra, Mo.) and Leeza Cantu (Selma, Calif.) all closed out their home playing careers with a win.
Gallaudet (6-24, 4-10 NEAC South) was held in check in the first game as it only mustered one hit in five innings. Cantu was the only Gallaudet batter to register a hit with a single to right field in the second inning. The Bison loaded the bases in the bottom of the fifth inning but were unable to capitalize as all three runners were left on base.
The second game was tied at one until freshman second baseman Mia Fernandez (Artesia, N.M.) doubled in the fourth inning to bring in junior outfielder Alicia Johnson (San Jose, Calif.). Junior shortstop Nicole O'Malley (Fredericksburg, Va.) opened the lead up with a two-run double later in the inning.