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Gallaudet splits NEAC doubleheader with St. Elizabeth on the road

MORRISTOWN, N.J. – It was a missed opportunity for the Gallaudet University softball team to make up some ground in the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) standings on Saturday as the Bison split their doubleheader with College of St. Elizabeth on the road Saturday. GU lost the first game 8-2 to the last-place Eagles before the Bison bounced back with an 11-1 win in five innings at Convent Field.

In the first game, Gallaudet (7-27, 5-13 NEAC South Division) gave up six runs in the bottom of the first inning and had a hard time scoring runners as the Bison left eight runners on base. Sophomore Rachel Sweigart (Big Rock, Ill.) tripled home freshman Mia Fernandez (Artesia, N.M.) in the third inning to cut the Eagle lead to five, 7-2.

Sweigart (5-10) pitched a complete game in the circle as she allowed eight runs (six earned) on 10 hits, walked one and struck out two. Sweigart, Fernandez, junior Leeza Cantu (Selma, Calif.) and junior Alicia Johnson (San Jose, Calif.) had two hits each in the game. Sweigart had a double and triple, scored a run and drove in one run.

St. Elizabeth (6-28, 2-16 NEAC South) received a nice pitching performance from Catherine Eber (4-13) as she allowed two runs on 12 hits, walked none and struck out one.

GU scored a run in every inning in the second game as the buff and blue scored three runs in the first and second innings to jump out to a commanding 6-0 lead after two innings.

Senior Easter Faafiti (Pittsburg, Calif.) slammed a solo home run to start the scoring in the first inning. Faafiti finished 2-for-4 at the plate, scored twice and picked up two RBI. Johnson and Fernandez followed Faafiti in the lineup and went 3-for-4 and 2-for-2, respectively, and scored two runs in the win. Freshman Victoria Rainey (Danvers, Ill.) went 3-for-3 at the plate and drove in three runs and scored once. Junior Nicole O'Malley (Fredericksburg, Va.) was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate as she scored twice and recorded two RBI. Gallaudet had 14 hits in the five-inning game.

The Eagles their lone run in the fourth inning as Catherine Eber drove home Valerie Lasko. GU freshman pitcher Montana Murphy (Simi Valley, Calif.) won in the circle as pitched a complete game and allowed one run on four hits, walked one and struck out one.

Gallaudet will wrap up its regular-season schedule on Tuesday, April 24, when it travels to face conference foe Penn St.-Abington (11-19, 7-11 NEAC South) for two games starting at 4 p.m.