WASHINGTON - The Gallaudet University softball team split a North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) doubleheader with Wilson College here Thursday at the GU Softball Complex. The Bison rallied to defeat the Phoenix, 5-4, in the second game after GU (12-17-1, 3-7 NEAC) dropped the first game 8-0 in six innings to Wilson (14-10, 7-3 NEAC).
GU, clad in pink camo shirts, participated in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) "StrikeOut Cancer" Pink Day as many fans came dressed in pink to show their support for cancer research.
This is the second time in two years Gallaudet has defeated Wilson and only the third time in 29 tries the Bison have beat Wilson since 2010. All three wins against the Phoenix have come here in the nation's capital.
Game 1: Wilson 8, Gallaudet 0
Wilson starting pitcher Megan Potter (13-12) threw a complete game shutout as she allowed three hits in six innings, walked one and struck out six in the 8-0 win that was stopped after the sixth inning due to the mercy rule.
Senior pitcher Jordan Hogan (Severn, Md.) took the loss as she allowed eight runs (seven earned) on 11 hits and one strikeout.
The Phoenix smashed two home runs as Kayla Sullenberger's two-run shot in the fourth inning hit off the Bison scoreboard in right-center field.
Game 2: Gallaudet 5, Wilson 4
Gallaudet rallied from down 3-0 to score five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning and held on to win 5-4 in seven innings.
Two consecutive walks followed by two straight singles started the five-run fifth. The next three Bison batters recorded RBI off Sullenberger (10-10), the Phoenix starting pitcher. A wild pitch brought home the eventual game-winning run.
Barlow was inserted into the circle to close out the game and earn her first collegiate save. She struck out the side in the sixth and added two more strikeouts in the seventh. Wilson got one run back when Sullenberger clubbed her 14th home run of the season in the seventh.
Sophomore Darriyan Thomas (Vallejo, Calif.) picked up her second win in the circle as she allowed three runs on five hits, walked four and struck out one in five innings of work.
Barlow and junior Kelsey Hudson (Blissfield, Mich.) led the Bison offense with two hits. Hogan added a double in the fourth inning.
- This was Gallaudet's first save since the 2004 season
- Barlow went 4-for-6, one run and one RBI in the twinbill
- GU went 3-3 during its six-game homestand
- The Bison are now 11-8-1 at home this season
Gallaudet is off until next week when it will travel to Chambersburg, Pa., on Wednesday, April 19, at 3 p.m. to face Wilson College for two more NEAC games.