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GU falls behind early as Christopher Newport rolls

GU falls behind early as Christopher Newport rolls

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The start of Monday’s non-conference baseball game on the road against Christopher Newport University was not the start Gallaudet University envisioned as the Bison surrendered 10 runs and had their starting pitcher bounced before the third out. CNU (16-10), a South Region power, marched to an 18-2 victory as the game was stopped after seven innings.

Junior Zane Noschese (Pittsburgh, Pa.) started the game for the Bison (1-24) but gave up 10 runs on 12 hits as he only faced 14 batters before he was lifted for freshman Peter Leccese (North Bellmore, N.Y.).

CNU sophomore third baseman Luke Saunders (2-for-3, two runs) blasted a two-run home run as the third batter in the game off Noschese (0-2).  Saunders also added a double in the win.

The Captains added two runs in the second inning and six runs in the fourth. In the six-run fourth, senior shortstop Parker Neal (3-for-5, two runs) belted a three-run home run to drive in three of his game-high four RBIs. Neal’s two other hits were doubles. Outfielder Shannon Mark also produced three hits, one double, and scored twice and drove in two runs for the Captains.

CNU has won three games in a row and are 14-3 this season at Captains Park. This was the second meeting all-time between the two programs. CNU is 2-0 as the Captains won last season's game, 9-1.

Gallaudet scored two runs in the top of the sixth inning. Freshman Tommy Barksdale (Brookeville, Md.) doubled as the second batter of the inning. The Bison first run scored on a Captains error and then Barksdale scored on a sacrifice fly hit by second baseman Kyle Kuschmider (Olathe, Kan.).

GU will next host Lancaster Bible College in a non-conference doubleheader on Thursday, April 8, with the first game slated to begin at 2 p.m.

NOTES: Sophomore Jeremy Shepps (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) was named a honorable mention honoree for Capital Athletic Conference Player of the Week announced by the conference office on Monday.