WASHINGTON, D.C. – It has been a tough start to the 2010 season for the Gallaudet University baseball team as bad weather, costly injuries and tough breaks have contributed to the slow start for the Bison. Wesley College swept Gallaudet 16-0 and 24-0, both seven-inning games, in the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) doubleheader on a sunny and cool Saturday afternoon at Hoy Field. The Wolverines complete the three-game series sweep as Wesley outscored Gallaudet 60-0 this week.
The Bison (0-16, 0-12 CAC) have dropped their first 16 games to start the season after they finished last season on a six-game winning streak. The win streak last season snapped a 16-game losing streak and a span where GU went 0-23-1 after starting the season with two wins. GU has been shut out eight times in 2010.
Wesley sophomore pitcher DJ Keckler had a no-hitter going into the fourth inning of the second game before second baseman Kyle Kuschmider (Olathe, Kan.) led-off the inning with a single to center field. Keckler allowed one more Bison hit in the fifth inning as junior catcher AJ Williams (Albuquerque, N.M.) sent a pitch the opposite direction into right field. Keckler pitched the complete game as he walked two Bison and struck out six. Wesley (12-8) remains in second-place in the CAC standings with an 8-4 mark.
Sophomore starting pitcher Ryan Hastings (Cherry Village, Mass.) kept the second game close for a while before the second inning got away from the left-hander. Hastings had back-to-back full counts, three balls and two strikes, on two Wolverine batters with two outs and only down 5-0. Hastings lost both batters to a fourth ball, two of his four walks in the game. The prolonged inning, aided by two fielding errors, ended up giving Wesley 12 runs as the Wolverines led comfortably, 14-0, after two innings of play. The first two innings of the second game took an hour to complete.
Hastings (0-5) took the loss as he surrendered 16 runs but only three were earned on 14 hits, four walks and two strikeouts in three innings of work. Sophomore Brook Fox (Ballwin, Mo.) closed out the game as he pitched the final four innings where he allowed eight runs on eight hits. Fox also pitched one inning of relief in the first game in his season debut for the Bison.
In the first game, Gallaudet pounded out four hits and had three runners in scoring position three different innings but couldn’t score a run off Wesley starter Michael Bazoge (2-2). GU third baseman Zane Noschese (Pittsburgh, Pa.) walked in the first inning and doubled in the third. He made it to third base on both instances but the Bison couldn’t drive him home. Right fielder Chester Kuschmider (Olathe, Kan.) singled to right field in the second inning and moved up on a passed ball but was stranded at second base when the inning ended.
Bazoge took the win as he pitched six scoreless innings where he walked three and struck out seven Bison. Freshman Peter Leccese (North Bellmore, N.Y.) suffered the loss in the first game as he went two plus innings where he allowed nine runs on eight hits, walked six and had one strikeout.
Wesley scored two runs in the first inning, seven in the third, four in the fourth and three runs in the final two innings of play to take the first game 16-0.
On the day, Wesley was led offensively by junior second baseman Kevin Murphy (4-for-9) as he drove in a combined six RBIs, scored four runs and hit two doubles and a triple. Three Wolverines had five RBIs apiece including sophomore shortstop Rob Benedict (7-for-12, five runs), sophomore outfielder Bryan Reshetar (3-for-5, four runs, two triples), senior infielder Grant Morlock (4-for-8, five runs, three doubles) and freshman Seth Hastings (3-for-9, three runs).
GU will make-up a nine-inning game with University of Mary Washington tomorrow (Sunday, March 28) at Hoy Field at 1 p.m. The first two games of the season came against the Eagles (11-5, 5-3 CAC) as the Bison only lost 7-2 and 3-0 in seven innings.