WASHINGTON - The Gallaudet University softball team dropped a pair of North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) games here Sunday to Penn St.-Abington as the visiting Nittany Lions won 4-1 and 13-0 in five innings.
Game 1: Penn St.-Abington 4, Gallaudet 1
Gallaudet jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning when senior Jordan Hogan (Severn, Md.) doubled down the left field line to bring home junior Alyssa Barlow (Chandler, Ariz.).
The Nittany Lions scored four runs in the fourth inning highlighted by a two-run home run by Caitlyn Braiser to right field.
Penn St.-Abington maintained the three-run lead for the remainder of the seven-inning conference game. The Bison tried to mount a rally in the sixth but left a runner on second base.
GU out hit the Nittany Lions 7-3 but the Bison made six errors in the field.
Hogan (6-7) took the loss in the circle as she allowed four runs (two earned) on three hits, one walk and struck out one.
Emily Wrenn (4-2) earned the complete game victory as she gave up one run on seven hits and struck out three.
Game 2: Penn St.-Abington 13, Gallaudet 0
Gallaudet (11-16-1, 2-6 NEAC) fell behind early as Penn St.-Abington (9-7, 5-1 NEAC) scored runs in every inning en route to a 13-0 shutout.
Barlow (4-7) took the loss in the circle as she allowed seven runs (four earned) on six hits and two walks. Sophomore Darriyan Thomas (Vallejo, Calif.) threw the final two innings and surrendered six runs on five hits, four walks and struck out two in the loss.
The Bison were unable to find any momentum in the batter's box as they combined for just four hits and left five runners on base.
Gallaudet struggled on the defensive end of the ball as they committed six errors.
Becca Dougherty (3-2) threw a complete game shutout as she gave up four hits, one walk and struck out three. Five different Nittany Lions had two hits in the game and two drove in three RBI each.
- Two different Bison had two hits in the first game
- Junior middle infielder Courtney Thomas (Yorkville, Ill.) went 3-for-5 in the two games and stole three bases
- Courtney Thomas leads the NEAC in stolen bases (19)
- GU is 4-4 when it plays on Sunday this season
GU continues its six-game homestand on Thursday, April 13, with two conference games against Wilson College (13-9, 6-2 NEAC) in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) "StrikeOut Cancer" game at 3 p.m. Fans are encouraged to wear pink to the game to show support for cancer awareness.