WASHINGTON - The Gallaudet University softball team picked up its first wins of the 2017 season as the Bison swept the University of Valley Forge here Sunday afternoon in a non-conference doubleheader. The Bison (2-2) won the first game 9-0 and the second game 16-1 as both games ended in the fifth inning due to the eight-run mercy rule.
Game 1: Gallaudet 9, Valley Forge 0
The Bison took an early lead over the Patriots (0-2) in the first inning and saw their lead grow as they scored five runs in the third inning.
After runs were scored in the third inning by senior catcher Adele Fass (Brooklyn, N.Y.), junior outfielder Kelsey Hudson (Blissfield, Mich.) and junior shortstop Courtney Thomas (Yorkville, Ill.) to give the Bison a 4-0 lead, sophomore outfielder Darriyan Thomas (Vallejo, Calif.) stepped up to the plate and hit a rocket into left field.
As the Patriots struggled to get the ball to the infield junior first baseman Alyssa Barlow (Chandler, Ariz.) scored for the Bison. Darriyan Thomas rounded third base, beating the throw to home plate for an inside-the-park home run as the Bison led by six.
GU added three more runs in the fourth inning to extend its lead to 9-0.
Senior pitcher Jordan Hogan (Severn, Md.) had pitched a perfect game until she gave up a hit in the top of the fifth inning to Bailey Mayforth. The game concluded after the Patriots were retired in the fifth.
Game 2: Gallaudet 16, Valley Forge 1
Gallaudet's bats remained hot in the second game against the Patriots and it was more than enough for Barlow to dominant in the circle.
The left-handed pitcher for the Bison threw a complete game where she allowed one run on three hits and struck out 10 batters to match her career high she set as a freshman in 2015.
The Bison got on the board early in the game stealing home plate and scoring off of a Patriots throwing error to put the Bison up 2-0.
GU added a run off of a sacrifice bunt by Fass to increase GU's lead 3-0 through two innings.
The Bison offense picked up the pace in the third inning as they scored four quick runs. Before the Patriots could end the inning, freshman outfielder Briana Pogue (Papillion, Neb.) stepped up to the plate with the bases loaded. Pogue hit the first pitch to deep center field for a grand slam to put Gallaudet up 11-0.
Gallaudet would add five more runs before the game ended due to the mercy rule.
- Gallaudet combined for 20 hits over two games
- The Bison combined for two home runs, six triples and three doubles over the course of the doubleheader
- GU combined for 18 RBI and 15 stolen bases in the two games
- Hogan pitched her first career shutout
- Pogue hit her first career home run
The Bison will take the field again at 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 2, when they host St. Joseph's (Brooklyn) in a non-conference doubleheader.