WASHINGTON, D.C. – Mental and physical mistakes cost the Gallaudet University baseball team in Wednesday’s doubleheader loss to Penn St.-Altoona at Hoy Field. GU ran itself out of the first game as the Bison had runners in scoring position through the first six innings but only plated one in the fourth as the Lions won 3-1. In the second game, fielding mistakes and lack of pitching allowed Penn St.-Altoona to score five or more runs in four of the seven innings as it routed Gallaudet 28-2. The 26-run loss is the worst setback this year and the 28 runs scored is a season-high against the Bison.
Gallaudet (3-28) had three players record two hits in the first game including juniors Zane Noschese (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Kyle Kuschmider (Olathe, Kan.) and freshman Tommy Barksdale (Brookeville, Md.). Penn St.-Altoona scored the game’s first run in the top of the first inning and then added runs in the fourth and fifth innings. The Bison pushed across its only run in the bottom half of the fourth to cut the Lions’ lead to one, 2-1. Sophomore pitcher Jeremy Shepps (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) suffered the loss as he threw the complete game where he allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits, one walk, one hit batter and struck out three Lions.
The Bison ran themselves out of a few innings as Noschse was gunned down at third base trying to stretch a double into a triple in the third inning with one out. An inning before, Kyle Kuschmider was picked off second base by the starting pitcher Clint Wilson (1-0). GU had runners on second and third base with one out in the sixth inning but couldn’t push across a run.
In the second game, the Lions jumped all over Bison starting pitcher Ryan Hastings (Cherry Valley, Mass.) as he allowed 16 runs (14 earned) off 16 hits in three innings of work. The sophomore left-hander threw four wild pitches, hit two batters, walked one and struck out two batters. This was the worst outing on the mound for Hastings this season. Senior Chester Kuschmider (Olathe, Kan.) didn’t fare much better as he entered to reliever Hastings in the fourth inning. Chester Kuschmider allowed 11 runs on seven hits, walked five, hit two batters and struck out one in one and two-thirds innings. Noschese and Barksdale had two hits apiece to pace the Bison offense. Gallaudet scored a run in the fourth and seventh innings.
Gallaudet will make-up a doubleheader with Arcadia on Sunday, April 18, at home. The first game starts at 12 p.m.