READING Pa. - The Gallaudet University softball team was swept here Sunday afternoon by Penn St.-Berks, 12-1 and 11-2, in a North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) doubleheader. The Bison (9-14-1, 0-4 NEAC) saw both games end in the fifth inning due to the eight-run mercy rule against the Nittany Lions (7-7, 3-1 NEAC).
Game 1: Penn St.-Berks 12, Gallaudet 1
While Penn St.-Berks surged early on, Gallaudet was held without a hit for the first three innings and found themselves in a 9-0 deficit by the top of the fourth inning.
Gallaudet finally got on the scoreboard in the top of the fourth when sophomore Darriyan Thomas (Vallejo, Calif.) singled to center field, which allowed junior first basemen Alyssa Barlow (Chandler, Ariz.) to come home from third. GU cut the lead to eight, 9-1, with the score. Darriyan Thomas was left on base as the top half of the inning came to a close.
The Nittany Lions were quick to respond in the bottom of the fourth and added three more runs to take a 12-1 lead.
In the top of the fifth, the Bison were unable to cut the deficit below eight, as the game ended in five innings.
Senior pitcher Jordan Hogan (Severn, Md.) took the loss as she allowed 12 runs (four earned) on 12 hits and one walk.
Game 2: Penn St.-Berks 11, Gallaudet 2
Gallaudet's slump continued into the second game. The Bison defense broke down in the second inning as they committed three errors and allowed Penn St.-Berks to take a 6-0 lead.
GU got one back in the top of the third when an error followed a hit by Barlow allowed Darriyan Thomas to score. Gallaudet's first run of the game cut the Nittany Lions lead to five, 6-1.
However, Penn St.-Berks bounced back and tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the third and shut down the Bison in the top of the fourth.
Two more Bison errors in the bottom of the fourth allowed the Nittany Lions to widen the gap, 11-1.
Barlow singled, again, in the top of the fifth to bring in freshman outfielder Brittany Selle (Winneconne, Wis.) and cut the gap to 11-2 but the game ended shortly thereafter as the Bison were unable to add any more runs.
Barlow (3-6) suffered the loss as she allowed 11 runs (four earned) on seven hits, walked two and struck out one.
- Gallaudet stole no bases on the afternoon
- The Bison combined for 11 errors in the doubleheader
- Barlow went 4-for-5 from the plate over the course of the day
- This was GU's first road game of the season
The Bison are off until Saturday, April 8, when they host College of Saint Elizabeth (3-13, 0-2 NEAC) for two conference games at 1 p.m.