ABINGTON, Pa. - The Gallaudet University split a North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) softball doubleheader here Friday against Penn St.-Abington. Gallaudet (14-23-1, 5-13 NEAC) shut out the Nittany Lions (16-16, 10-8 NEAC) in the second game with a 5-0 victory. Penn St.-Abington clipped the Bison in the first game, 2-0.
The win gives Gallaudet the most wins in a season (14) since they joined the NEAC back in 2011. The program record is 17 set in 1999. GU is two conference wins away from tying its program mark for NEAC wins in a season (7).
Game 1: Penn St.-Abington 2, Gallaudet 0
Gallaudet played well in the first game as it only allowed three hits to the Nittany Lions as they scored two runs in the second inning. That was all Penn St.-Abington needed as Gallaudet left seven runners on base and Becca Dougherty (8-5) pitched a complete shutout.
Junior Alyssa Barlow (Chandler, Ariz.) took the loss in the circle for the Bison. Barlow (5-9) allowed two runs on three hits, walked one and struck out three.
Barlow and fellow junior Kelsey Hudson (Blissfield, Mich.) led the Bison offense with two hits each. Barlow surpassed 100 career hits with her two hits. Sophomore Darriyan Thomas (Vallejo, Calif.) had Gallaudet's lone extra-base hit as she hit a triple in the fourth inning.
Game 2: Gallaudet 5, Penn St.-Abington 0
Penn St.-Abington miscues aided the Bison in the second game as three of the five Nittany Lion errors led to Gallaudet runs. GU's fifth and final run scored due to a passed ball in the seventh inning.
Gallaudet jumped out on the Nittany Lions in the second inning with one run and followed that with two runs in the third. A throwing error by the second baseman allowed two runs to score on the same play. The Bison maintained a 3-0 lead going into the fifth where another error led to a GU run.
Senior pitcher Jordan Hogan (Severn, Md.) pitched her fifth shutout this season as she only allowed four hits and had one strikeout in seven innings. Hogan improves her overall record to 7-11 this year.
Gallaudet received hits from eight different players led by freshman Jenny Mendis (Brook Park, Ohio), who went 3-for-4 at the plate, scored twice and hit a double. Barlow was one of four Bison that had two or more hits in the game. She finished 2-for-4, hit a triple and scored a run as her season average increased to .495.
- GU went 1-3 vs. Penn St.-Abington this season
- Barlow is now third in the conference with four triples
- Barlow is now hitting .582 in NEAC games this year
- She has 15 multi-hit games this season
- Gallaudet had 21 hits in the doubleheader
Gallaudet will conclude the regular-season tomorrow (Saturday, April 29) with two conference games at College of Saint Elizabeth (7-27, 4-14 NEAC) at noon.