WASHINGTON - The Gallaudet University softball team began North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) play here Saturday as the Bison played host to Penn St.-Abington. The Bison (6-8, 0-2 NEAC) played a close 4-2 game in the first contest before losing 21-3 in the second game to the Nittany Lions (7-10, 4-0 NEAC).
Game 1: Penn St.-Abington 4, Gallaudet 2
GU gave up two early runs to the visiting Nittany Lions before it was able to come back and knot the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the fifth.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, freshman Emma Giuntoli (Austin, Texas) doubled down the left field line to plate fellow freshman Kate Lorenzo (Omaha, Neb.) but freshman Elizabeth Stern (Lexington, Mass.) was thrown out at third base for the first out. Gallaudet was able to sacrifice its next batter to get Giuntoli to third base but Hudson grounded out to end the threat.
Penn St.-Abington got a run back in the sixth and seventh innings to win its third straight conference game.
The Bison went down in order in the sixth and ran themselves out of a rally in the seventh. GU got caught stealing for the first out before Giuntoli flew out to right field for the second out. After the catch, Lorenzo was thrown out trying to advance to third base as she got hung up in a rundown to end the game.
Zacarias (3-3) pitched a complete game in the circle and allowed four runs on nine hits, walked three and struck out five batters.
Nittany Lion pitcher Becca Dougherty (5-8) won her fifth game as she allowed two runs (one earned) on eight hits, no walks and struck out five.
Game 2: Penn St.-Abington 21, Gallaudet 3
The Bison slumbered into the second game, after getting extra rest in between games, and were quickly thrown back on their heels as the Nittany Lions scored early and often in an 18-run rout.
Gallaudet committed three fielding errors in the first two innings as the Nittany Lions jumped out to an 8-0 lead.
The Bison got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the second with a RBI-single by Giuntoli to plate sophomore Hannah Neild (Litchfield, N.H.).
Penn St.-Abington responded with three runs in the third and fourth innings to take a 14-1 lead.
GU got two runs back in the bottom of the fourth on a double steal by junior Jenny Mendis (Brook Park, Ohio) and Giuntoli. Lorenzo followed with a RBI ground out to conclude GU's scoring for the day.
The Nittany Lions were not done as they scored seven times in the top of the fifth. Six of the seven runs were scored with two outs. In fact, Penn St.-Abington scored 13 of its 21 runs in the second game with two outs in the inning.
The Bison pitching gave out in the seven-run fifth inning. GU went through three pitchers, including going back to the game's original starter, as the Bison walked four batters, hit one batter, threw six wild pitches, committed one error in the field as the visitors only had three hits.
Hudson (2-2) took the loss in the circle as she allowed 11 runs (six earned) on 11 hits, one walk and one strikeout.
Penn St.-Abington's Stephanie Andreoli (1-2) pitched the final three innings to earn her first win of the season.
- Seven different Bison had hits in the first game
- GU had nine wild pitches, five hit batters, five passed balls and four errors in the second game
- The 18-run loss is the second largest margin of loss this season for GU
- Gallaudet has lost four times this season by the eight-run mercy rule
- GU is 2-4 in eight-run mercy rule games in 2019
Gallaudet will next host College of Saint Elizabeth (11-5, 1-1 NEAC) tomorrow (Sunday, March 31) at noon for a conference doubleheader.