WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University baseball program wrapped up its North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) schedule here Saturday on Senior Day as the Bison were swept by Penn St.-Abington, the top team in the conference.
The Nittany Lions (22-18, 12-2 NEAC) defeated Gallaudet (9-29, 4-10 NEAC) in the first game 4-1 and held off a Bison rally in the second game, 4-2.
Game 1: Penn St.-Abington 4, Gallaudet 1
Penn St.-Abington got on the scoreboard first with a run in the top of the first inning. The Nittany Lions added runs in the fourth, sixth and eighth innings.
Gallaudet's bats came alive in the bottom of the seventh inning trailing 3-0. The rally started when freshman shortstop Cameron Upton (Vicksburg, Miss.) walked with one out and came all the way home on a RBI triple by junior first baseman Justin Strong (Charlotte, N.C.). The Bison couldn't bring Strong home and the rally ended up being short-lived.
Penn St.-Abington starting pitcher Matt McDonough (6-3) was nearly untouchable on the mound as he pitched a complete game, allowing just Strong's RBI triple and a second-inning single by senior Chase Magsig (Hudsonville, Mich.) in addition to two walks and struck out six batters.
Gallaudet junior starting pitcher Ian Evans (Murphy, N.C.) took the loss as he scattered 10 hits over nine innings, allowing just four runs (two earned), walked two and struck out four Nittany Lions.
Game 2: Penn St.-Abington 4, Gallaudet 2
Gallaudet had the bases loaded in the seventh and final inning with just one out with the heart of its lineup up and was threatening to tie, if not win, the game when Penn St.-Abington decided to pull its starting pitcher Diego Melendez. The Nittany Lions brought in their best reliever, junior Greg Mugnier. Mugnier forced both Strong and Magsig to fly out to center field to end the game and secure the doubleheader sweep.
Melendez (4-5) earned the win as he pitched 6.1 innings and gave up two runs (one earned) on eight hits, walked five and struck out five. Mugnier recorded his third save of the season.
GU took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning when a throwing error allowed Magsig to score from second base.
Penn St.-Abington answered back in the top of the third inning with a RBI single. The visitors added two more runs in the fifth inning with three hits and an errant pick-off attempt by Gallaudet senior starting pitcher Albert Blake (Derby, Conn.). Penn St.-Abington added an insurance run in the sixth with a RBI single through the right side of the infield.
Gallaudet came close to tying the game in the bottom of the sixth when junior Kenneth Gentzke III (Scottsville, N.Y.) hit the ball down the right field line to bring home freshman Ryan Gilbert (Mount Dora, Fla.) and advanced junior Zack Crawford (Newnan, Ga.) to third. Gentzke III was thrown out at second as he tried to stretch a single into a double to end the inning.
Blake took the loss as he pitched a complete game, surrendering four runs (three earned) on nine hits, three walks and struck out one batter.
- Prior to the start of the game the baseball program paid tribute to its senior class of Blake, Magsig, Ben Coleman (St. Paris, Ohio) and Brad Stockdill (New Castle, Pa.) who were joined by families and friends before the game
- Upton was 3-for-4 in the second game
- Gentzke and Magsig were the only other Bison who recorded at least two hits in today's doubleheader
- Gallaudet stranded four runners in the first game and eight in the second game
Gallaudet will wrap up its 2016 season with a regular-season finale against former Capital Athletic Conference rival St. Mary's (Md.) College (9-23) on Monday, May 2, at 4 p.m. This will also be the last game for St. Mary's Lew Jenkins who is wrapping up his 22nd season as the head coach of the Seahawk baseball program.