WASHINGTON – The visiting Gallaudet University baseball team battled back to defeat Lancaster Bible College 8-2 in eight innings in the second game of a North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) doubleheader here Sunday at Hoy Field. The Bison (6-22, 1-3 NEAC) were the visiting team for today's doubleheader as Lancaster Bible's home field was not playable as the games got shifted to the nation's capital. The Chargers (10-12, 2-2 NEAC), the home team, won the first game 9-0 in nine innings against the Bison.
Game 1: Lancaster Bible 9, Gallaudet 0
Gallaudet collected eight hits in the first leg of the doubleheader, however they could not push a run across home plate as Lancaster Bible freshman starting pitcher Frank McCreary (1-2) picked up his first win of the season in a complete game shutout, allowing eight hits, walked two and struck out one.
Bison junior starting pitcher Blake Phillips (Dalton, Ga.) pitched well through the first five innings, surrendering just three runs before the Chargers blew the game open in the sixth inning with a six-run frame, aided by two costly throwing errors by Gallaudet. Junior Kenneth Gentzke III (Scottsville, N.Y.) pitched the last two innings in relief, allowing only one hit.
Senior center fielder Chase Magsig (Hudsonville, Mich.) led the Bison offense with two hits and reached base three times. Sophomore outfielder Kyle Gumm (Dallas, Texas) was the other Bison who reached base more than once (one hit and a walk). Gallaudet came close to scoring a run when it had the bases loaded in the top of the fourth inning with two outs but couldn't muster anything. The Bison finished the game with eight runners left on the base and was caught stealing three times.
Game 2: Gallaudet 8, Lancaster Bible 2
Gallaudet immediately got on the scoreboard in the first inning of the second game as Gumm opened things up with a double. After stealing third base, he would score on a RBI ground out by freshman shortstop Cameron Upton (Vicksburg, Miss.).
The game slowly unfolded into a pitchers duel between Gallaudet senior Albert Blake (Derby, Conn.) and three different Lancaster Bible pitchers through the first six innings as both teams combined for just eight hits. Blake took a no-hitter into the bottom of the fifth inning and got the first two batters before Jensen King singled up the middle as the ball didn't leave the infield. Doug Gundlach singled to left field and a fielder's choice on the next batter allowed King to score and tie the game at 1-1.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, Blake made a mistake to Lancaster Bible junior shortstop Justin Taylor, who crushed his 14th home run of the season over the fence in left field, as the Chargers led 2-1 heading into the seventh inning.
Two outs away from being swept, Bison junior third baseman Zack Crawford (Newnan, Ga.) got on base with a single up the middle off closer Mitch Kumher (1-2). Senior outfielder Brad Stockdill (New Castle, Pa.) came through in the clutch with a triple to center field. The three-bag hit scored Crawford and knotted the game at 2-2. Blake held the Chargers scoreless in the bottom of the seventh to push the game into extra innings.
In the eighth inning, Gallaudet's offense came to life, immediately loading the bases up with their first three batters. Freshman infielder Ryan Gilbert (Mount Dora, Fla.) hit a liner that the Chargers' pitcher couldn't handle and Gallaudet took the lead back, 3-2. The Bison offense wouldn't stop as they collected five more runs thanks to a single by Crawford, a passed ball, a two-run triple by Gumm and a balk.
Senior pitcher Ben Coleman (St. Paris, Ohio) closed out the game by relieving Blake in the bottom of the eighth, retiring the side on 11 pitches, as Blake picked up his third win of the season.
Blake (3-1) pitched seven innings where he allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits, one walk and struck out three on 86 pitches.
- Gumm led the Bison with four total hits in today's doubleheader
- Gumm and Crawford scored two runs in the second game
- Gilbert combined for three hits, a run and a RBI today
- Blake appeared in his 20th game today, the fourth-highest mark in Division III
- GU split last year's doubleheader with Lancaster Bible at Hoy Field
Gallaudet will travel to upstate New York this upcoming weekend for two NEAC doubleheaders, starting with SUNY Poly (9-12, 1-1 NEAC) in a Wounded Warrior Project Benefit Game this Saturday, April 16, at noon. The Bison will then head over to Cazenovia College (3-10, 0-2 NEAC) on Sunday, April 17.