FROSTPROOF, Fla. – The Gallaudet University baseball team's Spring Break trip got off to a rough start as the Bison dropped three games this weekend while in sunny Florida as part of the RussMatt Invitational.
Gallaudet (0-7) fell 13-2 to Babson College on Saturday night before being swept by Franklin & Marshall College, 17-0 and 3-0, on Sunday at the Frostproof Athletic Complex. The Bison offense continues to struggle early on this season as the Buff and Blue has been outscored 66-5 in the past six games and shut out four times.
Sophomore pitcher Ian Evans (Murphy, N.C.) threw a complete game in the 3-0 loss to the Diplomats (2-0) as he allowed three runs (one earned) on nine hits, walked two and struck out six batters in seven innings of work.
F&M scored one run in the second and two runs in the third with the last run coming across due to a passed ball. GU had a chance to get back into the game in the bottom of the sixth as the Bison loaded the bases, with one out, but lined into a double play to squash any chance of a rally.
The Diplomats plated two or more runs in every inning but one in the first game when they won by 17. Gallaudet committed three errors in the six-run second inning to break open the game, 8-0. Mike Smeriglio (4-for-5, four runs, four RBI) blasted a two-run home run in the second. Matt Mezansky (2-for-4, five RBI) added his own two-run home run in the fifth inning. GU loaded the bases in the sixth, with one out, but couldn't push across a run. Freshman pitcher Dylan Hayes (Endicott, N.Y.) took the loss as he allowed 14 runs (nine earned) on 13 hits, three walks and three strikeouts in 4.2 innings.
GU hung around with Babson (2-1) early as the Bison scored two runs in the second to cut into the Beavers' lead, 3-2. Babson responded with 10 unanswered runs to win the nine-inning game under the lights at Lake Myrtle Park. Hayes and senior Tom Pangia (Hammonton, N.J.) each recorded a RBI in the two-run second for the Bison. Sophomore Blake Phillips (Dalton, Ga.) took the loss as he allowed nine runs (five earned) on 14 hits and four strikeouts in six innings pitched.
The Bison are off on Monday and will regroup for Tuesday's game with Calvin College (2-2) in Winter Haven, Fla., at the Chain of Lakes Park – Field #2 at 3:30 p.m.