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Bison lose two close games with St. Mary's as Seahawks sweep series

Bison lose two close games with St. Mary's as Seahawks sweep series

ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. – Over the course of 24 hours the Gallaudet University baseball team had two opportunities to claim its first win of the season. Unfortunately, for the Bison both chances vanished late in each ballgame as Gallaudet was swept by St. Mary’s (Md.) College over the weekend. The Seahawks took the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) series as they won 14-1 and 8-2 on Saturday in Washington, D.C., and then rallied to win 9-3 on Sunday in St. Mary’s City, Md.

GU held a 2-0 lead late in the second game of the three-game series on Saturday. The Bison (0-13, 0-9 CAC) committed three of their five errors in the sixth inning as the Seahawks (7-11, 4-5 CAC) plated eight runs (three earned). Sophomore left-handed pitcher Ryan Hastings (Cherry Valley, Mass.) pitched the complete game (seven innings) as he allowed four walks and made three strikeouts in the tough luck loss.

On Sunday, freshman Steven Gosselin (Hayward, Calif.) made his first-ever start for the Bison and was quite impressive as he pitched a complete game. Gosselin (0-1) surrendered two runs in the first inning to the Seahawks but then kept SMC off the scoreboard for five straight innings. The Seahawks pushed across two runs in the seventh inning as they trailed 3-2 to Gallaudet. SMC tacked on five more runs in the bottom of the eighth inning for insurance. Gosselin’s final line was nine runs (eight earned) allowed on 11 hits in eight innings pitched where he walked one and struck out one. Once again poor fielding and three wild pitches allowed St. Mary’s back into the game and helped the Seahawks claim their fourth straight win.

Hastings paced the Gallaudet offense in the three-game series as he batted .429 (3-for-7) at the plate as he scored twice and knocked in one run. Sophomore Jeremy Shepps (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) collected three hits in the three-game set and collected one RBI. Junior outfielder Zane Noschese (Pittsburgh, Pa.) scored two runs and had two hits at the plate against St. Mary’s.

Shepps took the loss on the mound in the first game of the series against St. Mary’s on Saturday. SMC hit a combined three home runs in the doubleheader (seven innings each game) on Saturday at Hoy Field. For the weekend the Bison committed 10 errors in the field.

Gallaudet remains in CAC action this week as the Bison travel to Dover, Del., on Tuesday, March 23, to face Wesley College for one game and then will host the Wolverines for two games on Saturday, March 27.

NOTE: GU announced the make-up date for its postponed doubleheader with Stevenson University. The Bison will now host the Mustangs for two games on Thursday, April 1, as the first game will begin at 2:30 p.m. at Hoy Field.