WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University baseball program was able to end its seven-game losing streak with a 19-13 offensive shootout victory over University of Maine-Presque Isle here Friday at Hoy Field, where both teams combined for 40 hits and 32 runs.
Gallaudet (5-18) was able to record at least two hits and a run in each inning off Maine-Presque Isle (6-16), wrapping up the game with 19 runs on 24 hits. However, the Owls would not let the Bison run away with the game as their offense accounted for 13 runs and 16 hits and also held at least a share of the lead from the second inning through the top of the sixth before Gallaudet was able to pull away.
Three Bison recorded four hits, led by junior third baseman Zack Crawford (Newnan, Ga.) who drove home a career-high six runs and scored two times himself. Sophomore Dylan Hayes (Endicott, N.Y.) and freshman shortstop Cameron Upton (Vicksburg, Miss.) were the other Bison with four hits and scored four runs apiece while Upton also drove in three runs. Junior first baseman Justin Strong (Charlotte, N.C.) had his best game of the season with three hits, a double, a career-high five RBI and crossed home plate once.
Hayes started the game on the mound but struggled to get batters out as he surrendered eight hits, six runs and two walks before being pulled with one out in the fourth inning. Senior reliever Albert Blake (Derby, Conn.) came in and slowed down the Owls offense through 2.2 innings, allowing just two hits, two walks and one earned run and picked up his second win of the season. Junior Kenneth Gentzke III (Scottsville, N.Y.) and senior Ben Coleman (St. Paris, Ohio) pitched the last three innings to secure the victory.
Maine-Presque Isle were led by senior infielder Adam Begos, sophomore infielder Jesus Garcia and sophomore catcher Solomon Fast who combined for seven runs and had three hits apiece.
- Freshman catcher Gilwon Seo (Chungju, South Korea) finished with three hits and three runs, both career highs
- Crawford was a home run shy of hitting for the cycle
- Blake's pitching appearance was his 18th of the season, tied for second in Division III
- Nine different Bison batters recorded a hit and eight Bison scored today
- GU's 19 runs was its second-highest scoring output this season
- The last time GU collected at least 24 hits was two years ago (25 hits vs. Valley Forge in a 25-1 win on March 1, 2014)
Gallaudet begins North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) play tomorrow (Saturday, April 2) when it travels to Penn St.-Berks (10-5) for a doubleheader that begins at 1 p.m.