NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Gallaudet University baseball team saw a late inning rally fall short Friday afternoon as they fell, 12-5, to No. 4 Christopher Newport University at Captains Park. The Bison, who were playing their second NCAA Division III Top 10 team to start the season, continued to fight after a slow start in their first road game of the season.
The Bison were led at the plate by sophomore catcher Casey Hicks (Henderson, Nev.), who went 3-for-4 from the plate, had two RBI and finished with a run scored. Hicks opened the scoring for Gallaudet (0-5) as his single in the second inning brought in senior outfielder William Chapman (Los Angeles, Calif.). Hicks would later single in the seventh and single and score in the ninth. Freshman infielder JJ Klein (Cincinnati, Ohio) contributed a team-high three RBI with a three-run double in the ninth inning.Gallaudet had early struggles as they fell behind Christopher Newport, 9-1, after two innings. The Captains (7-2) pushed across six runs in the second inning before Gallaudet forced CNU to leave the bases loaded to end the frame.
The Bison missed several opportunities to get runs on the scoreboard as they left two runners on base in the second and eighth innings. GU stranded seven runners on base in the game.After the rough start, the Gallaudet relief pitching would surrender only three runs in the final six innings. Junior Layton Seeber (Champaign, Ill.), senior Jeremy Adams (Glenn Dale, Md.) and Chapman would each pitch a scoreless inning to finish the game.CNU's Shannon Mark led the offense for the Captains as he went 3-for-4 from the plate and recorded two runs. Steven Linemuth had a game-high five RBI while going 2-for-4 from the plate and scored a run.
Jordan Boze (2-0) recorded the win for the Captains as he pitched five innings and allowed one earned run while GU starter Marcus Smith (Baltimore, Md.) suffered his first loss. Smith (0-1) allowed six hits and finished with a strikeout in just over an inning pitched. This was Gallaudet's first nine-inning game of the season.
Gallaudet will look to earn their first win of the season tomorrow (Saturday, March 3) as they host Baptist Bible (Pa.) College in a doubleheader at Catholic University of America, weather permitting, at noon.Stay tuned to www.gallaudetathletics.com for weather information and start times for tomorrow's games.
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