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Gallaudet softball overwhelms Trinity Washington

Gallaudet coach Justen Burns shakes hands with a Bison player after she scored a run. Burns' right arm is extended as his right hand shakes with the right hand of the player, who's back is to the camera. She wears the #27.

NOTE: This story was updated on March 26, 2018, after the NCAA ruled the second game a no contest instead of a forfeit.

WASHINGTON - Gallaudet University manhandled Trinity Washington University here Saturday at the GU Softball Complex. The Bison overwhelmed the Tigers in the first game with a 22-0 victory in five innings. The second game took an unusual turn as Gallaudet led 14-0 heading into the bottom of the fourth inning before the game being called, prematurely, before it became official. The NCAA ruled the second game is a no contest since the umpire asked the coaches if they wanted to stop before the game became official. No team gets a win or loss and none of the statistics from the second game count.

Game 1: Gallaudet 22, Trinity Washington 0 (F/5)
The Bison scored 13 runs in the bottom of the first inning to put the game away. Gallaudet had six hits and stole 12 bases as the Bison took advantage of five errors by the Tigers in the field. Freshman Hannah Neild (Litchfield, N.H.) batted twice in the frame and had two two-run doubles in both plate appearances to highlight the offense as Trinity's pitcher threw 57 pitches in the first inning.

GU went on to score three times in the second, five times in the third and one more time, for good measure, in the fourth inning as the Bison led by 22 runs.

Every Bison batter scored at least two times as five players had two or more hits in the game and six had two or more RBI in the win.

Neild finished the game 4-for-4 with two doubles, two triples, three runs and four RBI. Freshman Hailey Henshaw (Newark, Del.) led the team with four runs scored while the team had eight extra-base hits and stole 17 total bases.

Senior pitcher Alyssa Barlow (Chandler, Ariz.) picked up the complete game shutout victory as she struck out a career-high 13 batters.

Trinity Washington had three hits in the loss.

Game 2: Gallaudet 7, Trinity 0 (F/1)
Gallaudet was cruising along in the second game up 14-0 over the outmatched Tigers (0-6) after three and a half innings as the game headed to the bottom of the fourth inning. Before the Bison could bat, the umpire asked the Trinity coach if they wanted to stop and they agreed. Since the game did not reach four and a half innings the game is not official and the statistics do not count. The game was ruled a no contest by the NCAA on Monday and neither team counts the second game.

This is not the first time Gallaudet has had an issue with a game against Trinity. Gallaudet received a forfeit from Trinity the last time the two teams played against each other on March 23, 2015. A Trinity player was injured in the second inning and the Tigers had no replacement and couldn't continue with eight players and were forced to forfeit.

Gallaudet will host Cairn University (6-2) in a non-conference doubleheader on Monday, March 26, at 3 p.m.