WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University baseball team was held scoreless against the third-ranked team in NCAA Division III on Sunday afternoon as Cortland State swept the Bison 9-0 and 7-0 at Hoy Field.
Gallaudet (0-3) was determined to get some games in this weekend after postponing two dates and days of shoveling snow off the turf field. The hard work paid off for the Bison as they entertained the Red Dragons (4-0) on a sunny, cool and breezy day.
Senior starting pitcher Brandon Holsworth (Beal City, Mich.) ran into trouble in the sixth inning as the Bison were down just 2-0. Holsworth walked the first batter and then made an error on a failed pickoff attempt and allowed a bunt single before getting pulled in favor of sophomore Ian Evans (Murphy, N.C.). The Red Dragons broke open the game with several key hits as Evans figured out his control after hitting two batters. A Bison fielding error, one of three in the game, extended the seven-run sixth for the visitors.
Gallaudet went down in order the last two innings to complete the first game. Senior Mitchell Bensman (Russia, Ohio) singled up the middle in the seventh before sophomore first baseman Justin Strong (Charlotte, N.C.) grounded into a double play. GU had three hits in the loss as Bensman, Strong and sophomore Zack Crawford (Newnan, Ga.) singled. Holsworth (0-1) had a rough outing as he allowed four runs (three earned) on five hits, two throwing errors, four walks to go with three strikeouts in five innings pitched.
Anthony Simon and Sean Getman drove in two runs for the Red Dragons as Alex Weingarten (1-0) picked up the win after hurling five scoreless innings where he allowed two hits, walked one and struck out seven. Cortland struck out 10 batters in the seven-inning game.
Cortland jumped all over GU sophomore starting pitcher Blake Phillips (Dalton, Ga.) to start the second game as the Red Dragons plated three runs in the first inning and two in the second. Phillips (0-2) was lifted after three innings as he allowed five runs on nine hits and two walks. Cortland tacked on two additional runs in the fifth, the first of which came on a bang-bang play at the plate. Keith Andrews flied out to center field as junior Chase Magsig (Hudsonville, Mich.) unloaded a great throw to home plate trying to get Ralph Nuzzi, who tagged up on the sacrifice fly. The ball got to catcher Peter LoDuca (Great Necks, N.Y.) on a hop and he tagged Nuzzi but the umpire called the runner safe. Connor Griffin then doubled down the line to score Fabio Ricci (2-for-4) to make it 7-0.
Mark DeMilio led the Red Dragons with two triples, two runs and one RBI while Seth Lamando (1-0) earned the win.
Gallaudet is slated to face McDaniel College on Tuesday, March 10, at 3:30 p.m. but expected rain may move that game to later in the week. Stay up-to-date on the latest Gallaudet baseball schedule by logging onto www.gallaudetathletics.com.