WASHINGTON - It was a bittersweet day for the Gallaudet University softball team here Wednesday as the Bison concluded their home schedule with a clean sweep of Lancaster Bible College in a North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) doubleheader. Gallaudet walked off with a 7-6 win in the bottom of the seventh inning in the first game and shut out the Chargers (5-29, 2-14 NEAC) in the second game, 8-0, in five innings.
On an overcast, cool and drab day the Bison team lifted people's spirits by wearing special pink jerseys for the first game as Gallaudet participated in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) StrikeOut Cancer - Pink Game. The annual tradition for the program gave fans an opportunity to show their support for cancer survivors by wearing pink or making a donation to cancer research. Before the first game, Linda Stamper, a cancer survivor, and the Coordinator, Marketing and Communications at Center for Continuing and Online Education at Gallaudet University threw out the first pitch.
Game 1: Gallaudet 7, Lancaster Bible 6
Gallaudet shortstop Hannah Neild (Litchfield, N.H.) ended the first game with one swing of her bat. Neild blasted a triple to left-center field, her second of the day, to score the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning to end the game, 7-6, in favor of the Bison.
The outlook a few innings earlier was bleak for the Bison, who trailed 6-0 heading into the bottom of the fifth. Gallaudet's offense came alive and scored six times off Lancaster Bible pitcher Nicole Dekok (2-15) to knot the game at six. Sophomore Jenny Mendis (Brook Park, Ohio) had a two-run single before Barlow cleared the bases with a three-run double.
The Chargers scored at least one run in the first five innings except the second.
Junior first baseman Jacklyn Zacarias (Montebello, Calif.), Neild and Barlow led the Bison with two hits each.
Barlow picked up her fifth win in the circle as she allowed six runs (four earned) on 10 hits, walked two and struck out five.
Game 2: Gallaudet 8, Lancaster Bible (F/5)
Gallaudet made quick work of the Chargers in the second game as the Bison scored runs in all four innings en route to the 8-0 shutout in five innings. Freshman pitcher Hannah Carter (Dayton, Ohio) only allowed three hits as she struckout three in her complete game victory. This is Carter's fifth win this season.
Neild went 3-for-3, two runs and one RBI to help GU to its fifth shutout win of the season.
Barlow led the team with two doubles, one run and two RBI as she helped to drive in the eighth run to end the game by the mercy rule. Hudson added a triple and a run while Rodriguez had a hit, run and RBI in their final games at the GU Softball Complex.
Lancaster Bible pitcher Martina McCauley (3-13) took the loss as she allowed eight runs (four earned) on 11 hits, one walk and one strikeout.
- Gallaudet posted a 10-7 record at home this season
- Ten of GU's 13 wins happened at the GU Softball Complex this year
- This was Gallaudet's first win at home since April 8
- GU snapped an eight-game losing streak with today's wins
- Gallaudet had lost the previous six games against LBC before today
- GU last defeated LBC on April 2, 2014
Gallaudet will travel to Pennsylvania this Saturday, April 28, to conclude its season against Penn St.-Berks (17-7-1, 12-0 NEAC) in a conference doubleheader at 1 p.m.