WASHINGTON - Gallaudet University won the first baseball game, 8-7, with Keuka College in dramatic fashion, with a walk-off run in the seventh inning, on a blustery Saturday afternoon at Hoy Field. The Bison then lost the strike zone in the second game and the Storm won, 10-2, in seven innings in the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) doubleheader.
The Bison (22-13, 10-4 NEAC) took control of the game early, scoring seven runs in the first two innings, while holding the Storm (18-10, 9-5 NEAC) to only one. Starting in the third inning, Keuka began to formulate a comeback, scoring an additional two runs to bring the game within four, 7-3. With the bases loaded and no outs in the fifth inning, the Storm were able to drive in four runs to knot the game up at 7-7 before the Bison ended the comeback on a double play. Gallaudet proved to be resilient against the Storm's charge, as it scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh when senior third baseman Chris Guinn (McLoud, Okla.) singled home senior catcher Casey Hicks (Henderson, Nev.), who hustled from second base and slide across home plate before the throw from left field made it to the catcher.
Hicks went 3-for-4 at the plate, with a two-run home run in the first inning, three RBI and two runs. Senior second baseman JJ Klein (Cincinnati, Ohio) went 2-for-3, with two hits, double, two runs, and one RBI. Senior outfielders Marcus Smith (Baltimore, Md.) and William Bissell (Brewer, Maine) both hit triples and scored a run each. Freshman Blake Phillips (Dalton, Ga.) had a two-run single in the four-run first inning.
Starting pitcher sophomore Danny O'Donnell (Olney, Md.) pitched six innings where he gave up 12 hits, seven runs (six earned), two walks and struck out four as he left with the game tied at seven. Guinn (2-2) pitched a scoreless seventh inning to keep the Bison in the game.
Gallaudet got on the scoreboard early in the second game as the Bison scored one run in the bottom of the first but it was all Keuka after that point. Starting pitcher Ian Evans (Murphy, N.C.) had a rough outing as he couldn't consistently find the strike zone as he threw 34 pitches (12 for strikes) in 1.1 innings. Evans (4-3) allowed five runs on two hits and four walks as he left the game in the second inning. He was the first of five Bison pitchers in the game. Senior right-hander Tyler Crace (Westfield, Ind.) got touched up for five runs in 3.1 innings on six hits and two walks.
Klein led the Bison in the second game offensively with his 3-for-4 performance at the plate as he scored both of Gallaudet's runs and had a double.
GU will complete the three-game series with Keuka tomorrow (Sunday, April 27) with one nine-inning game at noon.