Waiting an extra 24 hours to play their first game of the season and for Curtis Pride to make his coaching debut with Gallaudet proved worthwhile as Gallaudet defeated Penn State-Berks today, 10-8 at Hoy Field.
After waiting an extra 24 hours due to a rain-out on Wednesday, a balanced hitting attack showed Bison fans what is in store for them this season, as four separate players had multi hit games. Zane Noschese and John Moore, Jr. had 3 hits a piece. Ryan Hastings and Chester Kuschmider had two hits a piece. Hastings, C. Kuschmider, and Moore also scored 7 of the ten Bison runs, with Hastings scoring 3.
The game was close for the first 4 innings, with Gallaudet scoring first in the bottom of the first on a triple by Moore, Jr. that drove in Noschese. After Penn State scored three runs in the top of the second, Gallaudet got two more in their half of the second, after Hastings scored on a double by C. Kuschmider, and Kyle Kuschmider scored on a hit by Noschese.
Down 6-5 in the bottom of the fifth, Gallaudet exploded for four runs and took a lead they woould keep the remainder of the game. Taking advantage of a pitching change by Penn State-Berks, Jeremy Shepps, Moore, Jr., Hastings, and K. Kuschmider scored, and Gallaudet led 9-6. Penn State-Berks could get no closer than 10-8.
Gallaudet used two pitchers today: Jeremy Shepps pitched the first five innings and gave up 6 runs on 7 hits, striking out 4 and walking two. Ryan Hastings pitched the final four innings, giving up 2 hits and 2 runs, walking 3 and striking out 2.
After the game, Gallaudet Head Coach Curtis Pride was relieved to get his first coaching game under his belt. Coach Pride said, "I'm proud of my players. They played hard. They played the game the right way." Coach Pride also praised his team's pitching and hitting. "Shepps and Hastings pitched excellent today. I was very pleased with their performance. Zane Noschese, John Moore, Jr., and Ryan Hastings swung the bat well."
Coach Pride also saw areas the Bison need to work on. "We need to focus when we are on the field. We made a couple mental mistakes that cost us two or three runs today. We can't do that."
Gallaudet is now 1-0. They next play a double header starting at 12 noon Saturday vs. Ohio State University Mansfield. The game will be at Hoy Field and admission is free.