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Bison and Wolverines run out of daylight to complete doubleheader

GU softball player Briana Pogue swings a bat towards a yellow softball during a Bison game.

WASHINGTON - Gallaudet University's marathon softball doubleheader here Tuesday with Wesley College was cut short as the second game was called for darkness after three innings played. The Bison dropped the first game, 8-4, to the visiting Wolverines and were down 8-0 in the second game before the teams ran out of daylight. The second game's statistics and result will not count and it will not be made up.

The two teams were making up a doubleheader from this past Sunday when GU traveled to Dover, Del., only to find the Wesley field unplayable and postponing the games until today.

The doubleheader, which started at 2 p.m., featured the longest seven-inning game for the Bison in three seasons as it lasted two hours and 38 minutes. GU's second game began at 5 p.m., only a hour before the sun was to set in the nation's capital. 

Gallaudet (0-3) allowed four extra-base hits to Wesley (2-1) in the first game including two two-run home runs that came in the third and sixth innings. The second home run bounced off a Gallaudet outfielders' glove and over the wall for the unlucky break for the Bison.

The Bison got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth when junior Jacklyn Zacarias (Montebello, Calif.) doubled home sophomore Briana Pogue (Papillion, Neb.) as GU trailed 6-1. 

GU scored three more times in the bottom of the fifth. Freshman Hailey Henshaw (Newark, Del.) walked with the bases loaded, Pogue singled home one run and Zacazrias grounded out to bring home the fourth Bison run as they were only down two, 6-4.

Zacarias (0-2) took the loss in the circle as she allowed six runs (four earned) on six hits, five walks and one strikeout.

Gallaudet will continue its homestand next Thursday, March 8, with two non-conference games against St. Joseph's (Brooklyn) at 1 p.m.