WASHINGTON, D.C. – A day after two miraculous comebacks the Gallaudet University baseball team had to regroup and host McDaniel College in a nine-inning non-conference game at Hoy Field on Tuesday. The Bison, who were also resting several key starters, fell behind early and dropped the contest 16-5 on another warm and breezy day in the nation's capital.
Gallaudet (17-22) completes the regular-season and finishes with an impressive 15-13 record at Hoy Field. Last season the Bison went 4-21 at home when they were still members of the Capital Athletic Conference. The Bison not set their sights on this weekend's North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) West Division tournament at SUNYIT in Utica, N.Y. The third-seed Bison will go up against second-seed Penn St.-Abington in the first round on Friday, April 29. The conference office still has not announced game times as of Tuesday.
The final home game for Gallaudet this season also marked the last home game for senior Zane Noschese (Pittsburgh, Pa.) who started the game at second base and batted second in the line-up. Noschese finished the game 3-for-4 at the plate and walked once. He made six putouts in the field and two assists.
McDaniel (12-19) jumped out early on the Bison as the Green Terror scored two runs in the first and three runs in the second. GU answered with two runs in the third before McDaniel broke open the game with five runs in the fourth. The two teams each recorded 12 hits in the contest.
GU had four different players record two or more hits led by Noschese's three hits. Freshmen Casey Hicks (Henderson, Nev.), William Bissell (Brewer, Maine) and sophomore Yuri Johnston (Greensboro, N.C.) had two hits each. Hicks had a double and freshman Chris Guinn (McLoud, Okla.) had a triple as the pair tallied Gallaudet's only extra-base hits.
Freshman pitcher Tyler Crace (Westfield, Ind.) started the game and took the loss as he went just over three innings. Crace (0-4) allowed nine runs (three earned) off five hits, five walks and one strikeout. Sophomore Layton Seeber (Champaign, Ill.) followed for two and two-thirds innings of work while Hicks and Bissell closed out the game over the last three innings.
McDaniel starter Mike Freeman (2-3) pitched six innings en route to his second win this season. Freeman allowed four runs (three earned) off 10 hits, three walks, one wild pitch as he struck out six Bison.