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GU drops two on the road at Penn St.-Abington

Gallaudet outfielder Kelsey Hudson crouches down in the outfield during a pitching change.

ABINGTON, Pa. - The Gallaudet University softball team traveled north to face Penn St.-Abington in a North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) doubleheader on Wednesday and lost 7-5 and 10-1 in five innings.

Gallaudet (11-14, 3-5 NEAC) held a 5-3 lead in the first game before the Nittany Lions (5-10) scored twice in the bottom of the fifth and sixth to capture the win. Penn St.-Abington ran away with the second game as they scored runs in all four innings to end the game early due to the eight-run, five-inning mercy rule.

Game 1: Penn St.-Abington 7, Gallaudet 5
GU played a close first game against the Lions but coughed up the lead late in the game and lost 7-5.

Freshman shortstop Hannah Neild (Litchfield, N.H.) smashed a two-run home run to left field in the first inning as her blast scored senior outfielder Kelsey Hudson (Blissfield, Mich.) as GU led 2-0.

Penn St.-Abington answered with its own two-run homer in the bottom half of the first to tie the game at 2-2.

Neild added a two-run triple in the fifth to give Gallaudet a 5-3 lead before the Nittany Lions scored the game's final four runs.

Neild and freshman outfielder Hailey Henshaw (Newark, Del.) led the Bison with two hits each.

Freshman pitcher Hannah Carter (Dayton, Ohio) took the loss as she went the distance and surrendered seven runs on 10 hits, walked three and struck out six. 

Penn St.-Abington starting pitcher Becca Dougherty (5-7) picked-up the win as she allowed five runs (three earned) on six hits, one walk and three strikeouts.

Game 2: Penn St.-Abington 10, Gallaudet 1
The Nittany Lions stormed by Bison in five innings with a 10-1 win in game two. Penn St.-Abington jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead with a triple in the first and a double in the second. The Bison battled back in the third inning with a triple down the left-field line by Genesis Rodriguez (San Antonio, Texas) to plate Henshaw for GU's first run.

The host scored three times in the bottom of the third and four times in the fourth to end the game early.

Senior Alyssa Barlow (Chandler, Ariz.) took the loss as she allowed seven runs (five earned) on six hits, one walk and three strikeouts.

Dougherty (6-7) pitched a complete game as she allowed one run on four hits and three strikeouts.

Gallaudet will host College of Saint Elizabeth (6-8) in a NEAC doubleheader this Saturday, April 14, at 12:30 p.m. at the GU Softball Complex. The game time has moved up a half-hour from 1 p.m.