CAZENOVIA, N.Y. - The Gallaudet University baseball team was able to come out victorious in a critical North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) doubleheader sweep of Cazenovia College on the road Sunday to wrap up the road portion of its 2016 regular-season schedule. Gallaudet (8-24, 3-5 NEAC) hit its way to a 18-9 win in the first game and a 13-7 victory in the second game over the host Cazenovia (4-16, 0-6 NEAC).
Game 1: Gallaudet 18, Cazenovia 9
Cazenovia got on board first with a four-run second inning and added another run in the bottom of the third inning off Gallaudet's junior starting pitcher Ian Evans (Murphy, N.C.).
Gallaudet's offense exploded in the top of the fourth inning with a nine-run frame as it had 14 batters come to the plate thanks to six walks, two hits and a hit batter. The Bison would follow up with a seven-spot in the top of the sixth inning off six hits, two walks and a hit batter. The Bison would add one more run in the eight and the ninth inning to round out their offensive attack.
Eight out of nine Bison batters scored at least two runs and seven different Bison batters were credited with at least one RBI. Junior Blake Phillips (Dalton, Ga.) led the way with three hits, four RBIs and scored twice. Freshmen Cameron Upton (Vicksburg, Miss.) and Ryan Gilbert (Mount Dora, Fla.) scored three times apiece and combined for four RBIs while sophomore Jake Grindstaff (New Market, Md.) had two hits, two RBIs and scored twice.
Evans earned his second win of the season as he pitched 6.2 innings, surrendering seven runs on nine hits, walked seven Wildcats and struck out six batters. Junior Kenneth Gentzke (Scottsville, N.Y.) pitched the final 2.1 innings in relief to secure the victory for Gallaudet. Cazenovia senior starting pitcher Dan Colburn took the loss as he couldn't get out of the fourth inning, allowing seven runs on two hits and nine walks before being relieved.
Game 2: Gallaudet 13, Cazenovia 7
Gallaudet was able to win the second leg of the doubleheader as its batters continued to make solid contact by collecting 15 hits, including a solo home run by junior first baseman Justin Strong (Charlotte, N.C.) in the seventh and final inning. Strong's first home run of the season was the first for the Bison as well. Eight different Bison scored at least one run and six batters drove in at least one run.
The Bison offense scored first with a two-run first inning before Cazenovia came back to tie the game with a two-spot of its own in the bottom of the second inning. Gallaudet spread out its 13-run scoring attack with another two-run inning in the third, one in the fourth followed by a seven-spot in the fifth. Cazenovia cut the nine-run lead to five after the bottom of the sixth inning before Strong's home run in the seventh.
Strong reached base four times (three hits and a walk), drove in two runs and scored once to lead the Bison attack. Senior Chase Magsig (Hudsonville, Mich.) reached base three times (two hits and a walk), a double and drove in a team-high four runs. Upton added two hits, three RBIs and scored twice. Sophomore Kyle Gumm (Dallas, Texas) had three hits, a walk and also scored three times and drove in two runs.
Gallaudet senior starting pitcher Ben Coleman (St. Paris, Ohio) pitched 5.2 innings, surrendering seven runs on nine hits and four walks while striking out four batters and picked up his first win of the season. Senior Albert Blake (Derby, Conn.) pitched the last 1.1 innings in his 22nd appearance of the season. Cazenovia junior starting pitcher Ryan Meyer took the loss, giving up seven runs through 4.2 innings on seven hits and a walk while striking out two batters.
- Gumm combined for five hits, five runs, two walks and two RBIs in today's doubleheader
- Phillips had four hits, scored four runs and five RBIs
- Magsig drove in seven runs, scoring three times and collected three hits
- Grindstaff recorded four hits and scored four times
- Upton crossed home plate four times and also drove in four runs
Gallaudet returns home to play out its last seven remaining regular-season games at Hoy Field, starting with a conference doubleheader against Penn College (10-17, 1-5 NEAC) this Saturday, April 23, at noon.