WASHINGTON – In their last game of the 2016 season, the Gallaudet University baseball team committed five costly errors, which enabled St. Mary's College of Maryland to come away with a 6-2 victory here Monday in a game called after eight innings because of inclement weather at Hoy Field.
This was the 358th and last collegiate victory for St. Mary's head coach Lew Jenkins, who is retiring after 22 years leading the Seahawks program.
St. Mary's (10-23) pushed across two runs in the first and one more in the second inning despite not recording a single hit, thanks to three Bison errors and one balk. They would finally earn a hit in the third inning en route to a 5-0 lead by the end of the inning.
The Bison got on the scoreboard in the fourth inning with a run starting with when senior outfielder Chase Magsig (Hudsonville, Mich.), playing in his last game, reaching base on a fielder's choice. Freshman Ryan Gilbert (Mount Dora, Fla.) singled, advancing Magsig to second base and junior third baseman Zack Crawford (Newnan, Ga.) brought Magsig home with a single to left field. Magsig just beat the throw as he touched home plate, just missing the swipe tag by catcher Connor Goodie.
Gallaudet (9-30) would add another run in the bottom of the sixth when Crawford had another RBI single, which brought junior first baseman Justin Strong (Charlotte, N.C.) home from second to cut the Seahawks lead to 5-2.
The Seahawks would add one more run in the top of the eight to wrap up the six-run attack despite only recording two hits the entire game.
Gallaudet senior starting pitcher Ben Coleman (St. Paris, Ohio) struck out four batters and allowed five runs (one earned) despite surrendering only a hit and four walks in his last collegiate start. Senior Albert Blake (Derby, Conn.) pitched the final two innings in relief in his 25th and last collegiate appearance of the season.
Garrett Pope (3-5) earned the win for St. Mary's as he logged six innings where he allowed two runs on eight hits, walked one and struck out two. Nicholas Raimondo earned his third save of the season as he pitched the final two innings. The first five batters for the Seahawks all scored one run.
- Strong, Gilbert and Crawford recorded multi-hit games
- Magsig had a hit and scored once in his 144th and last collegiate game
- Freshman Cameron Upton (Vicksburg, Miss.) hit a double in the first inning
- Gallaudet recorded 10 hits but only scored twice
- Prior to the start of the game, GU head coach Curtis Pride presented Coach Jenkins with a team signed baseball and bat as a gift for his last game of his career
- This was the final career game for Gallaudet seniors Blake, Coleman, Magsig and Brad Stockdill (New Castle, Pa.)
Today's game marked the final career games for Gallaudet's senior class. Below is a recap of each seniors' career in the buff and blue.
#6 Brad Stockdill
Stockdill played three seasons with the baseball program, and appeared in 67 games, starting 42 of them. He finishes with 32 hits, five doubles and four triples, scored 15 runs and drove in 15 runs. Stockdill recorded 67 putouts, 25 assists and finished this season with a fielding percentage of .891.
#11 Chase Magsig
The four-year letterwinner finishes his collegiate career having appeared in 144 games, starting all but one of them and recorded 133 hits, 17 doubles, three triples and scored 83 times, drove in 51 runs and posted a career batting average of .285. Magsig also stole 20 bases and in the outfield made 311 putouts, 17 assists and a fielding percentage of .953. Coleman and Magsig were part of the 2014 team, which picked up a school-record 27 wins and 12 NEAC wins.
#23 Albert Blake
Blake played two seasons with the team and appeared in 37 games as a pitcher, nine as a starter. He pitched 115.1 innings, completing two games, and struck out 49 batters and posted a career ERA of 4.99. He is currently tied for third in NCAA Division III this season in pitching appearances with 25. He also leads the NEAC in innings pitched this season (77.0).
#26 Ben Coleman
Coleman has played three seasons with the baseball program and appeared in 62 games; 39 of them as a pitcher with 11 starts. He wraps up his career with 103.0 innings pitched, three wins, a 4.37 ERA, 55 strikeouts. As a batter, Coleman tallied 11 hits, scored eight runs and recorded five RBI.
Gallaudet concludes the season with a 9-30 record and a 4-10 mark in North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) play. The baseball program is expected to return 11 underclassmen next season.