WASHINGTON – It was an emotional pregame for the families of two Gallaudet University seniors as Coach Curtis Pride and the baseball program recognized Mitchell Bensman (Russia, Ohio) and Tom Pangia (Hammonton, N.J.) on Senior Day. Gallaudet lost its North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) doubleheader with Penn St.-Berks, 15-0 and 10-2, at a sun-filled Hoy Field.
Sophomore first baseman Justin Strong (Charlotte, N.C.) had a RBI double in the bottom of the first inning to score freshman Dylan Hayes (Endicott, N.Y.) from first base as the Bison (8-28, 3-11 NEAC) trailed by one, 2-1.
Penn St.-Berks (18-15-1, 9-5 NEAC) scored three runs in the third and fourth innings to take an 8-1 lead. Left-handed Kyle Hartman blasted a two-run home run deep to right field in the third inning.
Freshman Kyle Gumm (Dallas, Texas) singled home Pangia, who doubled, in the fourth to cut the Nittany Lion margin to six, 8-2. The visitors added an additional run in the fifth and seventh innings for insurance.
Hayes led the Bison with two hits, one double and one run scored. Pangia and Bensman ended the doubleheader with a hit each.
Penn St.-Berks broke open the first game with five runs in the sixth inning. Luke Erb (2-for-3, two runs) hit a three-run triple to right field to key the big inning for the visitors.
In the seventh, Berks put the game away with six runs on one hit. In a disastrous relief pitching appearance junior Albert Blake (Derby, Conn.) walked his first four batters, hit the next batter and walked a fifth batter before he was pulled. Blake threw 26 pitches, four strikes, as he gave up six runs. Cory Fox (2-for-4) had a three-run triple later in the seventh.
Nittany Lion starting pitcher Steve Koenig (5-1) allowed one hit in six innings as four pitchers combined for the shutout. Gallaudet had three hits and four errors in the loss.
Gallaudet will wrap-up its 2015 season tomorrow on the road at St. Mary's (Md.) College (8-21) in a nine-inning game at 1 p.m.