WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University baseball team dropped a non-conference doubleheader to Muhlenberg College at Hoy Field on Sunday as the Mules won the 7-3 and 13-5 in seven innings.
In the fist game, Gallaudet (1-3) got on the scoreboard first with two runs in the first inning before Muhlenberg (2-0) answered with three runs in the top of the fourth off GU starter senior Brandon Holsworth (Beal City, Mich.). The Bison were able to knot the game up, 3-3, in the bottom of the fourth before the Mules scored four unanswered over the course of the next three innings en route to the 7-3 win. GU tallied seven hits and three runs in the loss as senior Chris Guinn (McLoud, Okla.) and freshman Justin Strong (Charlotte, N.C.) each recorded a RBI. Senior Marcus Smith (Baltimore, Md.) and junior Mitchell Bensman (Russia, Ohio) batted 2-for-3 at the plate.
Holsworth gave up six runs (four earned) on nine hits, walked four and struckout one in four innings of work. Guinn closed out the game giving up just one unearned run in three innings of hitless ball and struck out four.
Muhlenberg starting pitcher Christian Ferlan (1-0) picked up the win as he went five innings where he allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits, walked two and struck out two. Phillip Balseca earned the save out of the bullpen and tallied three strikeouts.
In the second game, GU had a rough second and third innings as it gave up a combined 11 runs on six hits. With two outs in the third inning, the Bison attempted to put together a comeback as they scored three runs and were down eight, 11-3. The Bison scored two more runs in the bottom of the fourth but still trailed 12-5.
Smith went 3-for-3 and scored two runs in the second game. On the mound, Smith (0-1) gave up seven runs (six earned), on four hits and walked four in two innings. Freshman Ian Evans (Murphy, N.C.) gave up six runs in four innings of relief work. Freshman Blake Phillips (Dalton, Ga.) pitched a scoreless seventh.
Muhlenberg's Matthew Lawsky (1-0) earned the win as he went five innings and surrendered five runs on seven hits, walked two and struck out five Bison batters.
Gallaudet will continue home play on Wednesday, February 26, as it takes on McDaniel College at 2 p.m.