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Bison rally past St. Elizabeth twice to sweep NEAC doubleheader

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Gallaudet University softball team rallied twice Sunday afternoon as the Bison swept a doubleheader from North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) foe College of St. Elizabeth at the GU Softball Complex. Gallaudet scored nine runs in the final two innings as it held on to beat the Eagles 11-5 in the first game. The Bison won the second game in similar fashion as Gallaudet won 14-6 in six innings.

In game one, the Bison (5-17, 3-3 NEAC South Division) were trailing 5-2 after four innings when the Gallaudet bats came alive. Gallaudet pushed four runs across the plate with the help of freshman outfielder Elena Ciccarelli (Whitesboro, N.Y.). Ciccarelli capped off the big inning with a two-run single. Sophomore pitcher Rachel Sweigart (Big Rock, Ill.) helped out her own cause when she singled and brought in a run

.Junior outfielder Alicia Johnson (San Jose, Calif.) went a perfect 4-for-4 in game one as she scored three runs and knocked in a run. Senior outfielder Easter Faafiti (Pittsburg, Calif.) also scored two runs while going 1-for-3 from the plate.

Game two started right where game one left off. The Bison scored two runs in the first inning but were trailing the Eagles, 4-2, after three innings. The bats again woke up in the fourth inning when Gallaudet scored six runs. Sophomore shortstop Kara Gulvas (Crown Point, Ind.) brought in two runs when she doubled. Freshman second baseman Mia Fernandez (Artesia, N.M.) followed that with a two-run double. Every Gallaudet batter in the second game reached base. Faafiti finished with two RBI and three runs scored while going 2-for-3 from the plate. Gulvas and Sweigart each scored three runs for the Bison.

Sweigart (4-6) picked up both wins for the Bison on Sunday as she struck out three batters while surrendering 14 total hits to St. Elizabeth (3-15, 0-6 NEAC South) between the two games.

Gallaudet hits the road for the first time in two weeks when it travels to Penn. St.-Harrisburg on Friday, April 6, for a NEAC doubleheader that begins at 3 p.m.