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Bison give up four-run lead, lose in extra innings as Express sweep series

Gallaudet softball third baseman Genesis Rodriguez is in her defensive position ready for the pitch.

AURORA, N.Y. - The Gallaudet University softball team dropped a North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) doubleheader here Saturday to Wells College. The Bison (11-18, 3-9 NEAC) lost, 10-9, in extra innings in the first game and were shut out by the Express (5-12, 4-4 NEAC) in the second game, 3-0

Game 1: Wells 10, Gallaudet 9 (F/8)
Gallaudet held a 7-3 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth inning before the host Express scored once and three more times in the seventh to force extra innings. In the eighth, Gallaudet scored twice to take a 9-7 lead only to give up the lead, once more, as Wells scored three times to win 10-9.

Bison junior Jacklyn Zacarias (Montebello, Calif.) grounded out in the eighth as freshman Hailey Henshaw (Newark, Del.) dashed home to give GU an 8-7 lead. Moments later, senior Kelsey Hudson (Blissfield, Mich.) stole home to give Gallaudet a two-run lead.

In the bottom of the eighth, a fielding error allowed Wells to score its first run. Gabby Sawyer followed with a single down the right field line to plate two runs and end the game.

Gallaudet senior Alyssa Barlow (Chandler, Ariz.) took the loss as she allowed nine runs (seven earned) on 10 hits, six walks and six strikeouts.

Wells starting pitcher Naomi Kubo (4-2) gave up nine runs (four earned) on 13 hits, three walks and five strikeouts in the complete game victory.

The Bison had six players with two hits or more while three different players recorded doubles. Barlow led the team with three RBI while three different players scored twice.

Game 2: Wells 3, Gallaudet 0
In the seven-inning game, Wells scored three times in the first inning and never looked back. The Bison never managed to get on the scoreboard as they finished with two hits and left three runners on base in the shutout.

Wells took advantage of a fielding error, a wild pitch and some clutch hits to take the 3-0 lead.

The three-run advantage was enough for Jessica Conover (1-2) to pick up her first win of the season as she threw a complete game shutout.

Freshman Hannah Carter (Dayton, Ohio) took her fifth loss of the season as she allowed three runs (one earned) on five hits, one walk and two strikeouts in six innings of work.

Barlow hit a double, one of GU's two hits in the game.


  • GU is now 2-6 in away games this season
  • The Bison have lost six straight
  • Gallaudet is now 0-2 in extra-inning games this season
  • This is the seventh time GU has been shut out this year

Gallaudet will travel to Keuka Park, N.Y., to face Keuka College (9-7, 6-2 NEAC) tomorrow (Sunday, April 22) at noon for a conference doubleheader.