Bison rally comes up short
WASHINGTON, D.C.--The Bison baseball team put together a rally in separate innings that could have overtaken the visiting Defenders. Three times the Bison did not capitalize on scoring opportunities: the bases were left loaded in as many times with a strike-out or fly-out ending scoring opportunities.
Gallaudet centerfielder Kevin Alley continued attracting fly-balls to his glove, leading the Bison with six unassisted put-outs. There were exciting moments, when Jon Berscheit threw out a Defender at third base--from right field. The ball bounced only once shortly before finding home in third baseman Michael Morsovillo's glove. Also, in the opening inning, a double play pickoff ensued, with a potential Defender score being nixed and the other baserunner caught between second and third bases.
The culprit in the Bison's loss lies within batting performance. The top of the lineup (1-4) went 4-for-12 while the remaining spots combining a 5-for-22 effort. Kevin Alley continues to lead the Bison bats with a .467 average, with Jonathan Chanin in second at .300, and Justin Wilson rounding up the top three at .250.
Pitcher Eric Smithson controlled the tempo, allowing only four hits, one run and a walk in five innings (or facing 19 batters) after the Defenders had done the brunt of their scoring.
The Bison (1-8, 0-2 CAC) travel to Salisbury State University to continue conference action Saturday March 24th.