WASHINGTON – Hood College saw six hitters collect at least two hits as the Blazers baseball team picked up their seventh win of the season in a 15-1 victory over Gallaudet University in front of more than a hundred fans on a nice, sunny spring afternoon at Hoy Field.
Hood (7-9) got on the board in the first inning when sophomore All-American Josh Gall hit a ground rule double. Gallaudet (4-16) answered back in the bottom of the second inning as sophomore catcher Dylan Hayes (Endicott, N.Y.) doubled to left center. Two batters later, junior outfielder Kenneth Gentzke III (Scottsville, N.Y.) brought Hayes home with a RBI single.
Hood broke the 1-1 tie in the third inning and didn't look back. The Blazers plated two runs in five consecutive innings from the third through the seventh innings. The visitors capped the scoring with four runs in the ninth as they emptied the bench.
Blazers sophomore starting pitcher Ryan Atkinson picked up his first win of the season, scattering six hits across five innings, walked two and struck out two while allowing just one earned run. Four different Hood relievers pitched an inning apiece to close out the game, only allowing four more Bison to reach base. GU left 10 runners on base in the loss.
Bison junior starting pitcher Blake Phillips (Dalton, Ga.) took the loss as he surrendered seven runs on 13 hits, walked one and struck one in five innings. Senior reliever Albert Blake (Derby, Conn.) appeared in his 15th game this season for three innings, allowing four more runs (two earned), and struck out two batters. Senior Ben Coleman (St. Paris, Ohio) pitched the final inning.
- Gentzke had a career-high three hits
- Hayes and senior Chase Magsig (Hudsonville, Mich.) were the other Bison with a multi-hit game
- Blake's 15th pitching appearance is the third-highest total in NCAA Division III
- 23 Hood College players played in the game
- This is Hood's second season in program history
Gallaudet will next host Rivier University (2-11) in a neutral-site game at Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf, Md., on Friday, March 25, at 7 p.m. The Regency Furniture Stadium is home to Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, a minor league professional baseball club.