WASHINGTON - The Gallaudet University baseball team battled the weather and Cazenovia College here Saturday at a wet and damp Hoy Field. The Bison managed to forge a split with the visiting Wildcats in a key North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) doubleheader for the two teams.
Gallaudet (7-26, 2-8 NEAC) rallied in the bottom of the seventh inning in the first game and scored six runs to win 9-8 in comeback fashion. In the second game, Cazenovia (4-17, 3-6 NEAC) got the best of the Bison and won 15-9 in eight innings.
The teams had to battle steady rain showers for the majority of the game as the Bison grounds crew was busy trying to keep the pitchers mound dry and playable for the 15 innings played in the two games.
Game 1: Gallaudet 9, Cazenovia 8
The Bison got off to a slow start and found themselves in a 7-2 deficit after three innings.
Gallaudet added a run in the bottom of the fifth before Cazenovia responded in the top of the sixth with a run to maintain a five-run lead, 8-3.
GU got hot in the bottom of the seventh and started its comeback. The first three runs were scored by junior outfielder Kyle Gumm (Dallas, Texas), junior first baseman Dylan Hayes (Endicott, N.Y.) and senior Zack Crawford (Newnan, Ga.) cut the Wildcats lead to two, 8-6.
With senior middle infielder Blake Phillips (Dalton, Ga.) and freshman Frank Diaz (Far Rockaway, N.Y.) in scoring position freshman Connor Rosko (Austin, Texas) doubled to left field to knock in the tying run for the Bison.
After batting in two runs, Rosko went on to score the game-winning run on a wild pitch to complete the comeback for the Bison.
Diaz (1-3) earned his first collegiate win on the muddy mound for the Bison as he pitched 4.2 innings and gave up just two runs (one earned) and two hits to the the 25 batters he faced.
Game 2: Cazenovia 15, Gallaudet 9
Gallaudet struck out 11 times as it struggled to keep up with the surging Wildcats who combined for 21 hits over eight innings.
GU started to rally, again, late in the game as it scored three runs in the seventh inning and two runs in the eighth before the game was called due to darkness after the eighth.
The Bison hung with the Wildcats for most of the game as they dug in defensively forcing Cazenovia to leave 15 batters on base.
Sophomore Cameron Upton (Vicksburg, Miss.) started the game and lasted five innings as he gave up 12 hits, seven runs (six earned) and struck out one batter.
Rosko (0-2) replaced Upton and went on to take the loss as he gave up nine hits and eight runs (four earned) while he struck out two batters.
- Hayes had a season-high four hits in the first game and a season-high four runs in the second game
- Gumm went 2-for-4 and was walked once, as he scored twice for the Bison in the first game
- Gallaudet combined for five extra-base hits on the afternoon
Gallaudet closes out its home schedule tomorrow (Sunday, April 23) with a doubleheader against SUNY Poly (6-19, 5-3 NEAC). The NEAC doubleheader is slated to begin at noon. Prior to the start of the first game the GU baseball program will recognize its seniors on Senior Day.