WASHINGTON - The Gallaudet University baseball team snapped a four-game losing streak here Saturday with a doubleheader sweep of Clarks Summit University on a frigid and blustery day at Hoy Field. The Bison (4-4) received strong starting pitching from their starters as GU won 4-0 in the first game and 8-2 in the second game over the Defenders (1-5).
Game 1: Gallaudet 4, Clarks Summit 0
Senior pitcher Blake Phillips (Dalton, Ga.) went the distance in the first game as he pitched a complete game shutout against the Defenders. Phillips surrendered two hits, issued one walk and struck out for batters in the seven-inning shutout.
The game was scoreless until the bottom of the fifth inning when Gallaudet scored three times. Senior third baseman Zack Crawford (Newnan, Ga.) singled to right-center field to lead things off. Junior lefty Michael Ehlers (Tinley Park, Ill.) singled through the right side of the infield to put two Bison runners on base. Junior Dylan Hayes (Endicott, N.Y.) laid down a bunt, that was fielded by starting pitcher Kegan Laman (0-1), who tried to get the lead runner. Laman's throw to third base went wide as Crawford raced home with the game's first run.
The hits kept coming for the Bison when freshman first baseman Ben Meyer (Monroe, Mich.) singled through the left side of the infield to load the bases. Fellow freshman Frank Diaz (Far Rockaway, N.Y.) delivered the big hit with a single to right-center field that plated Ehlers and Hayes.
Gallaudet extended it's lead in the sixth inning when sophomore shortstop Cameron Upton (Vicksburg, Miss.) doubled down the right field line to knock in freshman outfielder Austin Sliva-Wynne (Richmond, Texas).
The game ended in the top of the seventh when Upton turned a double play to end the game that only took a hour and a half to play.
Laman pitched an efficient game for Clarks Summit as he went the distance and allowed four runs (three earned) on seven hits.
Game 2: Gallaudet 8, Clarks Summit 2
Strong starting pitching was the ticket for Gallaudet on Saturday as Hayes took to the mound in the second game and nearly went the distance in the 8-2 victory.
Hayes last six and a third innings where he allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits, two walks and three strikeouts before he gave way to freshman Robersy Delgado (Tampa, Fla.) for the final two outs.
The Defenders did not waste time in the second game getting on the scoreboard as the visitors manufactured a run in the top of the first before Hayes got out of the jam with his third strikeout of the game.
GU's offense came to life in the bottom of the second inning. Meyer lead things off with a double to right field followed by a single bunt by Phillips to place runners on the corners. Junior catcher Jake Grindstaff (New Market, Md.) singled up the middle to plate Meyer and knot the score at 1-1.
Sliva-Wynne got an infield hit to load the bases for Upton with two outs. The sophomore shortstop emptied the base paths with a double to left-center field as GU took a 4-1 lead.
Grindstaff singled home Phillips in the third inning and added a sacrifice fly in the fourth as he recorded three RBI in the second game.
GU scored three times in the bottom of the fourth as it led 8-1.
Clarks Summit added one more run in the top of the seventh before Delgado ended the game with a pop-up in foul ground and a strikeout.
- Junior outfielder Kyle Gumm (Dallas, Texas) made his season debut, after being sidelined the first six games, went 3-for-7 and stole two bases
- Meyer went 3-for-5 and scored two runs in two games
- Upton had four RBI during the doubleheader
- Phillips pitched a complete game, striking out four batters and allowing just two hits
- Crawford and Upton each had nine assists in the doubleheader
- Grindstaff went 2-for-2, one run and three RBI in the second game
- Four different Bison had two or more hits in the second game
- Seven different Bison had a hit in the first game
- Crawford's nine-game hitting streak, dating back to last season, came to an end in the second game
- Crawford had a seven-game hitting streak this season going into the second game
- Gallaudet had 20 combined hits and 12 runs on the day
- This is Gallaudet first shutout of the season
- GU went 4-4 at home to start the season before its first road game
The Bison hit the road for the first time this season tomorrow (Sunday, March 5) as they travel to Newport News, Va., to face Christopher Newport University (8-8) for a nine-inning non-conference game.