WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University baseball team came into today's North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) doubleheader against Pennsylvania College of Technology at a critical point in the season, needing wins to remain alive in the chase for a berth in the NEAC postseason tournament.
Gallaudet (9-25, 4-6 NEAC) missed several opportunities in the first game and lost 11-6 but made up for it by holding off a final-inning rally by Penn College (12-20, 3-7 NEAC) to win 3-2 in the second game.
Game 1: Penn College 11, Gallaudet 6
Penn College was able to jump on the board with five runs as the Bison committed four errors in the first three innings. Gallaudet was able to get on the scoreboard with a run in the bottom of the second inning when sophomore Kyle Gumm (Dallas, Texas) drew a bases-loaded walk. The Bison couldn't capitalize with more runs, stranding three runners in the inning.
After Penn College led 7-1 after the top of the sixth inning, Gallaudet's bats brought them back into the game when they were finally able to chase the Wildcats' starting pitcher Trevor Dolin (2-2). The rally started when the Bison were able to load the bases and sophomore catcher Jake Grindstaff (New Market, Md.) hit a RBI single to right field that just stayed inside the foul line. Gumm kept the rally going with another RBI single and junior Blake Phillips (Dalton, Ga.) reached on a throwing error by the Wildcats' second baseman, which brought home Grindstaff and Gumm.
Penn College was able to put the game away with two-run innings in both the seventh and the eighth as Gallaudet could only muster one more run out of its bats despite having the bases loaded in their half of the seventh and the eighth. Penn College freshman second baseman Cole Hoffman led the Wildcats' attack with four hits and drove in four runs.
Senior starting pitcher Albert Blake (Derby, Conn.) took the loss as he gave up nine runs (seven earned) on nine hits,four walks and struck out one batter through seven innings of work. Junior Kenneth Gentzke III (Scottsville, N.Y.) pitched the final two innings in relief.
Game 2: Gallaudet 3, Penn College 2
After an offensive display in the first game, the second game turned out to be a pitcher's duel between Phillips (2-9) and Penn College sophomore pitcher Aaron Palmer (4-2).
Gallaudet got on board in the bottom of the first inning thanks to two throwing errors on the same play. Freshman Cameron Upton (Vicksburg, Miss.) singled to right, advancing freshman Gilwon Seo (Chungju, South Korea) to third base. In an attempted pickoff throw to first base, Palmer made an errant throw which got away from the first baseman. Seo would score on the play and Upton advanced to third base, only to stroll home after the first baseman's throw sailed over the third baseman's head.
This score would remain unchanged as both pitchers held their own until the bottom of the fifth inning when Upton singled home Gumm and was thrown out trying to stretch the single into a double.
Phillips started the second game and started strong, as he did not surrender a hit until a single with two outs left in the fifth inning. Only two outs away from a complete game, Phillips allowed four Wildcats baserunners to reach base before being relieved by senior Ben Coleman (St. Paris, Ohio), who got the last two outs to secure a split in the doubleheader and picked up his first save of the season.
Phillips surrendered just two runs (one earned) on four hits, walked four batters while striking out four in one of his more impressive outing this season.
- Upton recorded five hits, scored once and drove in a run in today's doubleheader
- Freshman designated hitter Ryan Gilbert (Mount Dora, Fla.) combined for three hits
- Gumm was the lone Bison who scored in both games today
- Gallaudet stranded 13 runners in the first game compared to five in the second game
Gallaudet will play another conference doubleheader at home against Keuka College (12-13, 3-5 NEAC) tomorrow (Sunday, Apr. 23) with the first game scheduled to start at noon.