WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Gallaudet University baseball team extended its winning streak to five games with an 18–6 victory over Stevenson University Wednesday afternoon at Hoy Field. The perfect stretch is the second longest in Head Coach Curtis Pride's tenure at Gallaudet. The Bison (7-4) have now won seven of their last nine games, outscoring their opponents 104–25 in those games.
Despite the cold weather, the Buff and Blue got off to a scorching hot start. In the first four innings Gallaudet scored 15 runs against three Stevenson pitchers, while junior southpaw Ryan Hastings (Cherry Valley, Mass.) allowed only one run over the same span. For the entire game, the Bison burned through five Mustang pitchers, as they amassed 19 hits in seven innings of play compared to only 10 for Stevenson (5-11).
On offense, the Bison received significant contributions from numerous players. In six plate appearances junior right fielder William Chapman (Los Angeles, Calif.) had four hits and was hit by a pitch, while scoring three runs and batting in three. He also pitched a scoreless seventh inning in which he displayed an overpowering fastball and a nasty curveball. In four at-bats, freshman centerfielder William Bissell (Brewer, Maine) racked up three hits, two runs scored and five RBI. Three of his RBI came on a long single in the bottom of the third. Though he safely reached third base on the play, it was ruled on appeal that he missed second base and was ruled out. Sophomore shortstop Tommy Barksdale (Brookeville, Md.) and freshman second baseman Jordan Walters (Anaheim, Calif.) both scored four runs, while senior left fielder Zane Noschese (Pittsburgh, Pa.) scored three.
For Stevenson, second baseman Cody Schuchman piled up three hits, while designated hitter Tony Prescott collected three RBI. Both shortstop Thomas Goulian and left fielder Jeff Bihy scored two runs for the Mustangs.
Scheduled as a nine-inning contest, the game was called due to darkness and impending rain following the seventh inning.
The previous meeting of the former Capital Athletic Conference rivals occurred last season at Hoy Field with the teams splitting a doubleheader. The 5-3 Bison conquest in the first game on April 1 was the first conference win for Gallaudet in 13 years. GU had dropped 150 consecutive conference games since the start of the 1998 season until last year's win.
Gallaudet has much warmer weather in its future as next week the Bison will travel to Florida for their annual spring break trip from March 13–17. The Bison will play five games in five days, taking on Husson University, Daniel Webster College (doubleheader), Vassar College and Sewanee-The University of the South.