WASHINGTON, D.C. - The first inning of Friday's Capital Athletic Conference baseball game was a perfect start for Gallaudet University against nationally ranked Salisbury University at a blustery and chilly Hoy Field. The Bison held the No. 7 Sea Gulls scoreless for the first two innings before things went awry from GU as SU plated 12 runs in the third and didn't look back. Salisbury won 17-0 in seven innings, the sixth straight win for the Sea Gulls.
Gallaudet (0-4, 0-3 CAC) starting pitcher Tommy Barksdale (Brookeville, Md.) allowed a lead-off single to preseason All-American center fielder Andrew Miller, who then stole second base. After a walk to senior right fielder Tim Kellinger, Barksdale forced preseason All-American first baseman Mike Celenza to ground into a double play. Salisbury (6-1, 4-0 CAC) left Miller on third base when senior catcher Ryan Smith flew out to center field.
Bison center fielder Zane Noschese (Pittsburgh, Pa.) led off the bottom half of the first for the Buff and Blue and got an infield hit off junior left-hander Dustin Herbert (2-0). The Sea Gulls got the next three Bison to end the inning as Herbert fanned two. Herbet, fresh off a no-hitter against St. Mary's (Md.) College, pitched five scoreless innings where he struck out six to earn his second win of the season.
Barksdale got through the second inning with no damage as the Sea Gulls stranded one runner in scoring position. SU left 11 runners on base in the win.
The game got away from the Bison in the third inning as Salisbury batted around and scored 12 runs on seven hits and five walks. Barksdale was lifted after the end of the third as he allowed 12 runs on eight hits, walked six, hit two batters and had four wild pitches.
Salisbury scored three additional runs in the fourth and two in the top of the seventh as the Sea Gulls turned to their bench after the big third inning. Miller (3-for-3, three runs) and Celenza (2-for-3, two runs) paced the offense. Kellinger, Smith, Brian Green and Trevor Cobb all had two RBIs for SU.
Gallaudet sophomore left-handed pitcher Danny Gabel (Staten Island, N.Y.) closed out the game for the Bison as he pitched four innings, allowed five runs on seven hits, three walks, plunked two batters and struck out one.
The final highlight for Gallaudet came in the bottom of the seventh when freshman first baseman William Brissell (Brewer, Maine) hit a towering double to center field, his second double on the year. Pinch runner AJ Williams (Albuquerque, N.M.) couldn't score from second base as Salisbury pitcher Alex Duda closed out the game. The Bison have not scored a run against Salisbury since the 2008 season, a span of 40 innings.
The two teams will play a doubleheader tomorrow (Saturday, March 6) in Salisbury, Md., with the first game scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.