CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Gallaudet University's softball team began its North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) schedule on the road here Thursday and dropped two games to Wilson College.
Gallaudet (5-11, 0-2 NEAC) dropped the first game 11-1 in five innings and lost 5-3 in the second game to the Phoenix (4-8, 2-0 NEAC).
Game 1: Wilson 11, Gallaudet 1
Wilson jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the second and added six runs to its 5-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth to put the game away. Wilson won the game 11-1 in five innings as the game ended due to the eight-run mercy rule.
Gallaudet got on the scoreboard when junior Jacklyn Zacarias (Montebello, Calif.) doubled to center field to score senior Alyssa Barlow (Chandler, Ariz.) from first base. The Bison run cut the Wilson lead to four, 5-1.
The Phoenix scored six times in the bottom half of the fourth.
Barlow (3-4) took the loss in the circle as she allowed 11 runs (eight earned) on 10 hits, five walks and struck out two.
Wilson starting pitcher Megan Potter (3-4) got the win as she surrendered one run on four hits, no walks and struck out seven.
Game 2: Wilson 5, Gallaudet 3
In the second game, Gallaudet struck first and scored two runs in the first and one run in the third and held a 3-2 lead heading into the fifth inning. Wilson scored three runs in the bottom half of the inning off two Bison errors to take a 5-3 lead, which the Phoenix held until the end of the game.
Gallaudet took advantage of three Wilson errors in the first inning as the Bison pushed across two runs.
GU starting pitcher Hannah Carter (Dayton, Ohio) pitched well into the fourth inning as she only allowed two runs (one earned) on six hits, three walks and one strikeout. Zacarias (2-5) came in and eventually gave up the GU lead in the fifth.
Freshman Hannah Neild (Litchfield, N.H.) led the Bison with two singles and one RBI.
Potter (4-4) picked up the win as she pitched the final 3.2 innings for the Phoenix after Daphne Buzard started the game in the circle.
- Sophomore Jenny Mendis (Brook Park, Ohio) had a double in the second game
- This is the second time this season GU has lost a game by two runs or less
- Today's doubleheader was Gallaudet's first official away game this season
- Gallaudet has only lost by the eight-run, five-inning mercy rule four times in five innings this year
Gallaudet returns home and will host Morrisville State College (3-7, 0-2 NEAC) tomorrow (Friday, April 6) at 3 p.m. This will be GU's NEAC home opener as the teams will play a doubleheader. They were originally scheduled to play on Saturday but the game got moved up one day due to an upcoming snow storm this weekend.