WASHINGTON - On a sun-filled and warm Sunday afternoon, Gallaudet University's softball program paid tribute to its senior class and split a North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) doubleheader with Wells College. The visiting Express (2-12, 1-5 NEAC) won the first game, 10-8, before the Bison (8-12, 2-6 NEAC) bounced back with a 10-1 win in five innings in the second game.
In between the two games, GU paid tribute to its senior class that includes sophomores Hannah Neild (Litchfield, N.H.) and Sabina Shysh (Tucson, Ariz.) along with seniors Barbra Seravalli (Wethersfield, Conn.) and Jacklyn Zacarias (Montebello, Calif.).
Game 1: Wells 10, Gallaudet 8
It was a slugfest in the first game of the doubleheader as the two teams combined to tally 24 hits and 18 runs in seven innings as the game lasted two hours and 21 minutes.
Gallaudet trailed the entire game but got as close as 7-6 through four innings before the Express added two runs in the fifth and one in the sixth. GU had a chance to tie the game in the bottom of the seventh as the Bison pushed across two runs and had a runner on third base with the potential game-tying run at the plate but the game ended with a ground out to the pitcher.
GU starting pitcher Kendall Hudson (Blissfield, Mich.) took the loss as she allowed seven runs (six earned) on nine hits, six walks and two strikeouts in four innings pitched. Freshman Freya Seremeth (Frederick, Md.) threw the final two innings and allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits, two walks and one strikeout.
Wells starting pitcher Naomi Kubo was lifted after one inning pitched after an injury but returned to pitch in the second game. Jessica Conover (2-5) was inserted in the second inning and pitched the rest of the way. Conover allowed six runs (four earned) on eight hits, two walks and struck out six.
Gallaudet had four different batters with two or more hits. Sophomore Hailey Henshaw (Newark, Del.) led the way going 3-for-3 with two RBI and one run scored. The Bison had two triples in the loss.
Game 2: Gallaudet 10, Wells 1 (F/5)
Gallaudet trailed for a brief moment in the second game as Wells got on the scoreboard with a run in the first inning. The Bison went on to score 10 unanswered runs as GU scored runs in all four innings before the game was called by the eight-run after five innings mercy rule.
Gallaudet scored a run in the first and second innings and four runs in the third and fourth innings as the Bison tallied nine hits off two errors. Wells finished the game with two hits.
Zacarias (5-6) picked up her fifth win of the season as she threw a complete game. She finished with five strikeouts in five innings and only issued two walks and one run on two hits.
Kubo (0-7) took the loss in the circle for the Express as she allowed six runs (four earned) on six hits, three walks and four strikeouts.
Freshman Elizabeth Stern (Lexington, Mass.) led the Bison offense going 3-for-3 at the plate, highlighted by a three-run double in the fourth inning. Stern finished with five RBI, three runs scored and three stolen bases. Zacarias (three runs) and Neild both tallied two hits and scored at least once.
- The first game was GU's second longest game, by time, this year
- GU scored double-digit runs for the first time in eight games
- Both starting pitchers threw 74 pitches in the second game
- Gallaudet held an opponent to one run for the first time since opening day when the Bison defeated Lincoln (Pa.), 9-1
- The nine-run win is GU's second largest of the season
- Gallaudet stole a combined 12 bases on Sunday
Gallaudet will close out its home regular-season schedule tomorrow (Monday, April 8) with a non-conference doubleheader with Trinity Washington University (0-6) at 4 p.m. The second game will be the program's first official night game at the GU Softball Complex. It is also Faculty Appreciation Day as all Gallaudet University faculty are encouraged to attend.