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Bison end season with close losses to Penn St.-Berks

Kelsey Hudson walks away from the batters box at a softball game. She holds a bat with her right hand and is about to grab the other end of the bat with her left hand. She smiles towards the pitcher.

READING, Pa. - The Gallaudet University softball team played two of the closes games in the recent history between Penn St.-Berks today since the Bison joined the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) in 2011. The Bison were shut out in both games, 2-0 and 3-0, here Saturday at Hintz Athletic Field.

Gallaudet (13-22, 5-13 NEAC) concludes the 2018 season without making the conference postseason tournament. Penn St.-Berks (19-7-1, 14-0) is the only undefeated team in either the North or South Division of the NEAC standings. The Nittany Lions have the inside track on hosting the conference tournament once more. 

GU has lost 26 straight games to Penn St.-Berks dating back to the 2011 season. Gallaudet is 1-29 against Penn St.-Berks when it joined the NEAC. The Bison lone victory came on April 9, 2011, with an 8-3 win on the road. GU has been shut out 10 times and lost 14 times by the eight-run mercy rule after five innings. Before today's games the closes GU got to Penn St.-Berks was a 7-6 loss in 2015 and a 9-6 extra-inning loss in 2016.

Game 1: Penn St.-Berks 2, Gallaudet 0
Gallaudet got two hits off Penn St.-Berks pitcher Jessica Rozick (11-5), who pitched a complete game shutout as she struck out nine and walked one. 

Freshman Hannah Carter (Dayton, Ohio) held her own as she allowed two runs on six hits and walked one in six innings of work.

GU's hits came off the bat of junior Jacklyn Zacarias (Montebello, Calif.) and senior Genesis Rodriguez (San Antonio, Texas).

Penn St.-Berks scored a run in the bottom of the third and sixth innings.

Game 2: Penn St.-Berks 3, Gallaudet 0
It was another close loss for Gallaudet as it got three hits off Penn St.-Berks pitcher Val Miller (7-2), who threw a complete game shutout.

Freshman shortstop Hannah Neild (Litchfield, N.H.) singled to center field in the top of the fourth to break up Miller's no-hit bid. Rodriguez followed with a singled in the fifth and Zacarias singled in the seventh.

Senior Alyssa Barlow (Chandler, Ariz.) took the loss as she allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits and two walks in six innings of work.

The Nittany Lions took a 1-0 lead after the first and added two more runs in the second.


  • Neild finished her rookie season with an impressive .455 batting average (45-for-99)
  • Five Bison finished the season with a .300 or higher batting average
  • The Bison finished with a .290 team batting average
  • Gallaudet is 2-10 this season in away games and 3-15 overall in away or neutral site games

This marked the conclusion of the GU careers for Rodriguez, Kelsey Hudson (Blissfield, Mich.) and Barlow.

Rodriguez played in 120 games in four years as she posted a .293 career batting average. She accumulated 92 hits, 38 runs, 33 RBI, eight doubles and one triple to go with 18 stolen bases and 17 walks.

Hudson finished with a .298 career batting average in four seasons. She totaled 102 hits, 82 runs, 44 RBI, 38 stolen bases, 16 triples, 13 doubles, one home run and 33 walks.

Barlow concludes her four-year career with a .379 batting average, 146 hits, 73 runs, 69 RBI, 39 doubles, eight triples, two home runs, 16 stolen bases and 43 walks. In the circle, she won 18 games in 57 starts and struck out 227 batters in 351 innings pitched. She also sported a .955 fielding percentage.

This concludes the 2018 season for the Gallaudet softball program.