WASHINGTON, D.C. – A few days ago at Hoy Field the Gallaudet University baseball team made Capital Athletic Conference history as the Bison snapped a 0-150 regular-season conference losing streak with a win over Stevenson University. On Saturday afternoon, the curtain closed on the 20-year run the Bison baseball program had in the CAC as visiting York (Pa.) College clobbered Gallaudet 14-0 and 24-4 in a seven-inning doubleheader.
Gallaudet (1-23, 1-17 CAC) is officially eliminated from the CAC tournament which will start in two weeks. The conference takes the top six teams in the final standings. The CAC has seven baseball programs. The Bison end their 20-year run in the CAC with a 4-214 regular-season record.
GU, a charter member of the CAC, is leaving the conference to join the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) this summer.
York senior infielder Rick Shumway hit for the cycle as he went 6-for-6 at the plate, scored five times, drove in eight runs and blasted two home runs in the second game. The Spartans combined to club five home runs, three in the nine-run third inning alone. York (15-9, 10-5 CAC) has won nine games in a row and is 51-0 all-time against Gallaudet.
The Bison had pulled to within one run, 3-2, after they scored two runs off York starting pitcher senior Chris Frankenfield (3-1) in the second inning before the Spartans blew open the game in the third inning. York added 12 runs over the final three innings of play. GU’s final two runs came in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Freshman catcher Steven Gosselin (Hayward, Calif.) scored twice and drove in a run on a single in the fourth inning. Junior third baseman Zane Noschese (Pittsburgh, Pa.) had two hits and a RBI single in the fourth for the Bison.
GU senior Chester Kuschmider (Olathe, Kan.) suffered his first loss of the season as he allowed 12 runs (five earned) off seven hits, three walks, two hit batters, one wild pitch as he struck out one.
In the first game, Gallaudet was in the game until the seventh inning. The Bison only trailed 4-0 before the Spartans erupted for 10 runs in the top of the seventh. Gosselin (0-2) suffered the loss as he allowed all 14 runs (10 earned) off nine hits, six walks, two wild pitches, two hit batters and three strikeouts. York starting pitcher Andy Rosenzwig (2-3) went the distance as he allowed three hits, walked one and struck out five.
Gallaudet has a day off before it will travel to Newport News, Va., on Monday to face Christopher Newport University at 3:30 p.m.