WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University baseball team demolished Baptist Bible (Pa.) College, 21-2, on a sunny and spring-like Saturday afternoon in a non-conference game at Hoy Field. GU (7-3) extends its winning streak to six, the longest win streak since the 2012 season. Gallaudet scored two of more runs in the first five innings as the Bison jumped out to an 18-2 lead and never looked back against Baptist Bible (0-1).
Senior catcher Casey Hicks (Henderson, Nev.) was one hit away from completing his second cycle in a week, as he fell a double short after five at bats. He accomplished his first cycle against Valley Forge Christian College last Saturday (March 1) in his first four at bats, as GU won 25-1. Hicks started his quest for another cycle with a two-run triple in the first inning. Hicks then blasted a deep shot to right field in the second inning and raced around the bases for an inside-the-park home run, which scored three runs. In the third inning, Hicks singled to center field then had a sacrifice fly in the fourth and walked in the fifth before exiting the game. The reigning North Eastern Athletic Conference Baseball Student-Athlete of the Week finished 3-for-4 at the plate, scored twice and had seven RBI.
Senior outfielder Marcus Smith (Baltimore, Md.) hit a deep fly to center field in the third inning and motored around the bases for an inside-the-park home run, which plated three runs. Smith finished 2-for-2 with three RBI, four runs and two stolen bases.
Senior outfielder William Bissell (Brewer, Maine) finished 2-for-4 as he drove in two runs and scored two runs. Freshman Blake Phillips (Dalton, Ga.) went 2-for-5, with two doubles, three RBI and two runs. Seniors JJ Klein (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Chris Guinn (McLoud, Okla.) drove in two runs each for the Bison.
Freshman pitcher Ian Evans (Murphy, N.C.) picked up his second win this year as he allowed only two runs (one earned) on three hits, three walks and three strikeouts.
Patrick Barrios (0-1) suffered the loss as he allowed 11 runs on 10 hits, walked four in two and two-thirds innings pitched. Nick Chupick led the Defenders at the plate, going 2-for-3 with one run scored.
Gallaudet hits the road tomorrow (Sunday, March 8) as it travels to Virginia to take on in-region powerhouse Christopher Newport University at 2 p.m.