WASHINGTON - It was a fitting Senior Day here Sunday for the Gallaudet University baseball team as the Bison swept a North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) doubleheader from SUNY Poly at Hoy Field.
Senior pitchers Blake Phillips (Dalton, Ga.) and Ian Evans (Murphy, N.C.) hurled back-to-back complete game victories to help keep GU alive in the NEAC playoff hunt. Phillips pitched Gallaudet (9-26, 4-8 NEAC) to a 4-3 win over SUNY Poly (6-21, 5-5 NEAC) in the first game. In the second game, Evans dug deep and tallied 129 pitches en route to a 5-3 nine-inning victory.
Game 1: Gallaudet 4, SUNY Poly 3
Gallaudet wasted little time getting on the scoreboard early against the Wildcats. The Bison scored three times in the bottom of the first and added an additional run in the second inning.
Phillips (3-6) was able to take it from there and pitched seven strong innings. Phillips allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits and five walks.
Sophomore Cameron Upton (Vicksburg, Miss.) got the scoring started in the first with an infield hit that scored two runs. GU later grounded into a double play but a third run scored on the play.
Gallaudet extended its lead in the second when hot-hitting junior Dylan Hayes (Endicott, N.Y.) laced a single to right field to bring home freshman Connor Rosko (Austin, Texas). Hayes finished the day 2-for-3 at the plate with a run scored and one RBI.
Game 2: Gallaudet 5, SUNY Poly 3
The Bison chased SUNY Poly starting pitcher Drew Scharra in the second inning as they scored five runs on two hits and two Wildcat errors. Scharra (0-5) walked three batters and back-to-back infield errors allowed additional runs to score. Upton had a RBI single to left field to bring home Gallaudet's fifth run and end Scharra's day after only one inning and two-thirds pitched.
Gallaudet's five-run lead was enough for Evans to pitch a complete game nine-inning gem for the Bison. SUNY Poly scored one run in the fourth, seventh and ninth innings.
Evans (2-5) allowed the three runs on eight hits, three walks and four strikeouts. The final out was a comebacker to Evans, who threw to first base to end the game with a runner on third base.
Five different Bison had hits in the victory. Senior Zack Crawford (Newnan, Ga.) went 1-for-4 with a run scored on Senior Day in the second game.
- GU's first three batters in the first game went a combined 4-for-9, three runs scored and three RBI
GU honored its three seniors before the start of the game on Senior Day. These players have dedicated their time and efforts for the past four years to the baseball program and will be greatly missed.
#3 Ian Evans
Evans is a four-year letterwinner and a captain. He is a three-time NEAC Scholar-Athlete and has been named NEAC Baseball Pitcher of the Week two times in his career. He made 52 appearances on the mound for the Bison where he has tallied nine wins, nine complete games, 137 strikeouts in 231 innings pitched in four seasons.
#13 Blake Phillips
Phillips is a four-year letterwinner. He was named NEAC Baseball Pitcher of the Week earlier this season (March 6). He has played in 135 games where he has totaled 72 hits, 43 runs, 43 RBI and 10 doubles. On the mound, Phillips has won 11 games in 47 appearances, has one save, 120 strikeouts in 207 innings pitched.
#15 Zack Crawford
Crawford is a four-year letterwinner and a captain. He is a two-time NEAC Scholar-Athlete honoree and earned NEAC Baseball Player of the Week last season. In four seasons, he has played in 130 games and tallied 98 hits, 56 runs, 45 RBI and 11 doubles.
Gallaudet will hit the road next weekend for two crucial NEAC doubleheaders. The Bison begin the weekend at Wells College (10-17, 1-7 NEAC) on Saturday, April 29, at 1 p.m.