WASHINGTON - The sun beat down on Hoy Field here Friday afternoon as Gallaudet University dropped a baseball doubleheader to Southern Vermont College on an unreasonably hot February day. The visiting Mountaineers (2-0) won the two seven-inning games, 4-1 and 8-1, in the seven-inning games over the Bison (2-2).
Game 1: Southern Vermont 4, Gallaudet 1
The Bison gave up four runs in the first inning as the Mountaineers came off the bus swinging in their first inning of the 2017 season.
However, junior pitcher Blake Phillips (Dalton, Ga.) showed perseverance as he picked off a runner and struck out a batter. The Bison were finally able to get out of the inning thanks to a fly ball to right field. GU made three errors in the four-run first to aid the Mountaineers to an early 4-0 lead.
In the second inning, Gallaudet's offense looked to answer. With just one out and the bases loaded, Southern Vermont's Dylan Angelo (1-0) threw a wild pitch that allowed sophomore Ryan Gilbert (Mount Dora, Fla.) to scamper home and score. Unfortunately, Gallaudet's next two batters went down swinging as the Bison left two more runs on base.
Although GU shut down SVC offensively for the rest of the game, the Bison were unable to earn any more runs of their own.
Phillips (0-1) threw five innings where he allowed four runs on four hits, walked two and struck out six.
Game 2: Southern Vermont 8, Gallaudet 1
The Bison fell behind early, again, against the Mountaineers as the visitors scored twice in the first inning and three times in the third to jump out to a 5-0 lead.
Gallaudet got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth. Sophomore shortstop Cameron Upton (Vicksburg, Miss.) singled up the middle with one out and later stole second to get in scoring position. Senior third baseman Zack Crawford (Newnan, Ga.) stepped to the plate with two outs and ripped a base hit through the right side of the infield to plate Upton.
Southern Vermont responded with two runs in the fifth and one in the sixth to extend its lead.
GU loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh but was unable to score any additional runs.
- Phillips struck out six of the 23 batters he faced in the first game
- Gilbert went 2-for-3 in the first game, scored the lone run
- Upton went 2-for-3 in the second game, scored one run
- GU left a total of six runners on base in each game
Gallaudet will return to Hoy Field this Sunday, Feb. 26, for a non-conference doubleheader against Muhlenberg College (0-0) starting at noon.