WASHINGTON, D.C. – The bats came alive for the Gallaudet University baseball team in the sixth inning of Sunday’s Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) game against University of Mary Washington at Hoy Field. The Bison made four consecutive hits, three doubles in a row, which ended the Eagles bid at a no-hitter and shutout as GU plated three runs. UMW won the nine-inning game 14-3.
Gallaudet (0-17, 0-13 CAC) ended the no-hitter on a double by sophomore Jeremy Shepps (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Shepps scored moments later as sophomore first baseman Ryan Hastings (Cherry Valley, Mass.) smacked a double down the left field line. The double streak continued as freshman Yuri Johnston (Greensboro, N.C.) stepped to the plate and sent an offering from UMW junior relief pitcher Chris Anderson to deep center field to score Hastings. Second baseman Kyle Kuschmider (Olathe, Kan.) jumped on the hit parade as he singled home Johnston and advanced to second base on the throw home. That hit ended the day for Anderson who lasted just two-thirds of an inning. Anderson got two quick outs to begin the sixth inning but then surrendered four hits (three doubles) and three runs. UMW junior relief pitcher Parker Talbert (six strikeouts) entered and struck out catcher Steven Gosselin (Hayward, Calif.) to end the big inning for the Buff and Blue who were now down 13-3. The four hits were the only hits Gallaudet had in the game.The three runs scored in the sixth inning ended a 29-inning run drought for the Bison.
Mary Washington (12-5, 6-3 CAC) scored seven runs in the second inning, three in the third, one in the fourth, two in the sixth and one insurance run in the eighth. The bottom half of the Eagles’ line-up did a lot of the damage early on as catcher Nick Espinosa, designated hitter Shane Sixsmith and right fielder Jackson Clement combined to go 5-for-6 at the plate and hit two home runs, scored five runs and drove in seven runs in the first four innings. Clement jacked a three-run home run in the second inning off Shepps (0-5) to left field. Sixsmith hit his first home run on the season in the third inning, a two-run shot, with a high drive down the right field line.
Shepps suffered the loss even though he looked sharp for the majority of the game except for a few balls left up in the strike zone. He finished the day with a line of seven innings pitched, 13 runs allowed (10 earned) on 14 hits, walked two and struck out four Eagles as he faced 38 batters. Junior Zane Noschese (Pittsburgh, Pa.) relieved Shepps in the eighth inning and closed out the game for the Bison.
Mary Washington starting pitcher junior John Miscioscia (1-0) threw five scoreless innings as he left the game with the no-hitter intact up 13-0. He finished with eight strikeouts and two walks as he faced 18 batters.
Gallaudet remains in CAC play this week as the Bison travel to York, Pa., on Wednesday, March 31, to face the Spartans from York (Pa.) College for one game that starts at 3:30 p.m.