WASHINGTON - It was a picture perfect Opening Day for the Gallaudet University baseball team and the Bison didn't disappoint their sun-soaked fans here Sunday with a sweep of University of Valley Forge at Hoy Field. GU won the first game 13-5 and rallied to score 12 runs in the bottom of the sixth in a 16-4 victory as the game was called for darkness.
Game 1: Gallaudet 13, Valley Forge 5
Gallaudet got the ball rolling early as it scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning on an unseasonably warm day in the nation's capital. GU held the early lead and added eight additional runs in the bottom of the fifth.
Senior pitcher Ian Evans (Murphy, N.C.) made his season debut for the Bison and gave up just one hit in the first four innings. The Patriots got on the scoreboard in the top of the fifth inning as they scored three times off five hits to cut into GU's lead 5-3.
Evans (1-0) finished the day with 4.2 innings pitched where he allowed three runs on six hits, one walk and struck out five batters. Freshman Austin Sliva-Wynne (Richmond, Texas) came on to pitch the final 2.1 innings where he allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits, three walks and one strikeout.
Gallaudet added to its lead in the bottom of the fifth with eight runs. Junior Jake Grindstaff (New Market, Md.), senior Blake Phillips (Dalton, Ga.) and senior Zack Crawford (Newnan, Ga.) each had two-run singles in the eight-run inning.
The Patriots added two more runs in the sixth before they were retired in order in the seventh as the Bison prevailed.
Game 2: Gallaudet 16, Valley Forge 4
Gallaudet got off to a slow start in the second game as the Patriots came out strong in the first inning where they scored four runs. GU answered back with one run in the bottom half when sophomore Ryan Gilbert (Mount Dora, Fla.) singled drove home Phillips with a single to center field.
The Bison continued to erase the Patriots' lead in the third inning when the hosts plated two runs. Sophomore Gilwon Seo (Hongseong, South Korea) singled home Phillips and later scored on a triple smacked by junior Dylan Hayes (Endicott, N.Y.) to right field. Hayes was aggressive on the base paths as he was thrown out at home on the play, as he tried for an inside-the-park home run.
Gallaudet went to the bottom of the sixth inning with a tied 4-4 game and daylight quickly fading on the horizon. The Bison went to work and scored 12 runs on five hits and three errors before darkness set in on Hoy Field. The umpires called the game with only one out in the inning and GU up 16-4.
GU's big hits in the 12-run inning came from freshman Connor Rosko (Austin, Texas) who had a RBI-single through the left side of the infield followed by two-run doubles by freshman Austin Altman (Irvine, Calif.) and Seo.
Hayes (1-0) picked up the win in relief of Phillips, who lasted four innings against the Patriots, as the righty threw two scoreless innings of relief.
- Rosko was GU's top hitter on the day as he went 6-for-7 (.857), two runs, three RBI and one double
- While there were no extra-base hits in the first game, GU had five extra-base hits in the second game
- Seo had four RBI in the second game
- GU had eight different players record two RBI in the doubleheader
- The Bison had six different batters tally three or more hits on the day
- The Bison combined for 30 hits on the afternoon
GU will next host Southern Vermont College in a non-conference doubleheader on Saturday, Feb. 25, at noon.