WASHINGTON - The sun set on Gallaudet University's non-conference second game against Notre Dame of Maryland University here Thursday at the GU Softball Complex as the teams completed the sixth inning tied at 6-6. Time and daylight ran out on the teams as the umpires called the game due to darkness.
Gallaudet (4-3-1) records its first tie game in nine years after the Bison won the first game of the doubleheader 7-0. The Bison last tied an opponent on March 2, 2008, with a 12-12 game against Wilson College in eight innings.
Game 1: Gallaudet 7, Notre Dame 0
Junior second baseman Katelyn Koester (Buffalo, N.Y.) hit a two-run triple in the bottom of the fourth inning as the Bison scored four times to break open an 1-0 contest. The five-run lead was more than enough for senior starting pitcher Jordan Hogan (Severn, Md.) to throw a complete game shutout.
Hogan (3-1) only allowed three hits and two walks as she struck out five batters in the seven-inning game. This is her second shutout this season and in her Bison career.
Junior third baseman Genesis Rodriguez (San Antonio, Texas) had a RBI double in the four-run fourth inning.
Notre Dame starting pitcher Isa Caruningan (0-3) took the loss as she allowed seven runs (three earned) on eight hits, two walks and one strikeout. She went 2-for-3 at the plate, including a double, as she collected two of Notre Dame's three hits in the loss.
Game 2: Gallaudet 6, Notre Dame 6
The Bison clung to a 6-4 lead with two outs in the top of the sixth inning before Gators pitcher Isa Caruningan singled up the middle to drive home two runs to tie the game at six as the sun was quickly setting in the nation's capital.
Gallaudet possibly could of been out of the sixth inning without any damage if it wasn't for an early fielding error that extended the frame. The Gators started the sixth with a single followed by a batter reaching base due to an error in the infield. The runners advanced a base on a wild pitch before the next two batters struck out. Carunungan stepped to the plate and took a 1-1 offering up the middle for the single, her fourth hit in the doubleheader.
Gallaudet placed two runners on base in the bottom half of the sixth inning and got them into scoring position before Hogan flew out to center field to end the threat.
Notre Dame (0-5-1) scored three times in the second inning and once in the third before Gallaudet got on the scoreboard in a big way.
GU scored six times on five hits and one Gators error in the bottom of the third inning. Junior Courtney Thomas (Yorkville, Ill.) had the big two-run double in the frame.
There were no pitching decisions in the tie game as junior Alyssa Barlow (Chandler, Ariz.) pitched six strong innings for the Bison where she allowed six runs (three earned) on eight hits, one walk and struck out a new career best 11 batters.
- Walters went 2-for-6, three runs scored, two walks in the lead-off spot
- Seven different Bison had RBI in the doubleheader
- Four different Bison had two hits in the second game
- Seven batters in GU's starting lineup had a hit in the second game
Gallaudet will pack its bags for sunny Florida and next week's Spring Break trip to Clermont, Fla., for eight games. The Bison will begin its trip against Gordon College and Fredonia on Monday, March 13.