WASHINGTON, D.C. – Junior Ryan Hastings (Cherry Valley, Mass.) came through with a game-winning RBI single against Cazenovia College in the seventh inning to lift Gallaudet University to a 4-3 win on Saturday afternoon at Hoy Field in the second game of the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) baseball doubleheader. The bounce back win was a great turn of events for the Bison who lost the first game 11-3.
Hastings stepped to the plate against freshly insert pitcher Josh Tucker with runners on first and third base for the Bison and one out in a 3-3 game. The left-handed batting Hastings took Tucker's pitch the opposite way as the ball squirted through the left side of the Wildcat infield. Freshman catcher Casey Hicks (Henderson, Nev.) came sprinting home to score the game-winning run. Gallaudet has won three of the past four games.
The Bison (12-17, 3-3 NEAC West) got off to an awful start in the second game as they committed three errors in the top of the first inning that led to two Cazenovia runs. The Wildcats (2-12, 1-5) added a third run in the top of second off Bison starting pitcher Zane Noschese (Pittsburgh, Pa.) as they led 3-1.
Gallaudet began to chip away at the deficit against Wildcat starting pitcher Joe Rogers. The Bison took advantage of a Wildcat throwing error that allowed Hicks to reach base in the fourth inning. Three batters later, sophomore Yuri Johnston (Greensboro, N.C.) singled home Hicks, who slipped coming around third base, but popped up and slide across home plate. The Bison had the opportunity to tie the game with runners on first and second but stranded the runners as Rogers got out of the jam with a foul pop up.
GU tied the game in the fifth when Hicks skied a fly ball to right field to score Noschese on the sacrifice fly. Once again the Bison had a chance to score more runs off Rogers but the Buff and Blue left the bases loaded as Hastings flew out to left field. Gallaudet left 11 runners on base in the second game.
Noschese improved his season record to 5-0 as he pitched the complete game as he went seven strong innings where he allowed three runs (one earned) on seven hits, walked two and struck out one.
In the first game, GU took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning before the Wildcats would score two runs in the third, six runs in the fourth and three runs in the fifth as Cazenovia led 11-1.
Hastings (2-8), the Bison starting pitcher, lost his movement on the ball in the fourth as the Wildcats batted around, plated six runs on eight hits. That inning ended Hastings' pitching performance as he allowed eights runs on 13 hits, walked two and had two wild pitches. Sophomore Layton Seeber (Champaign, Ill.) came on to pitch the final three innings where he allowed three unearned runs on three hits and three walks. This was Seeber's first pitching performance since March 16. Cazenovia sophomore pitcher Brian Gaskell got the win for the Wildcats as he pitched six innings and surrendered three runs to the Bison on eight hits, two walks and five strikeouts.
Sophomore William Bissell (Brewer, Maine) and Noschese both had two hits for the Bison in the loss. Noschese scored two runs while Bissell drove in two runs, one on his ground rule double in the fifth inning.
GU will host Keuka College tomorrow (Sunday, April 10) in a NEAC doubleheader at Hoy Field with the first game slated to start at noon. The Cazenovia and Keuka doubleheaders were initially slated to be on the road for the Bison this weekend but the games got switched to Washington, D.C., because of the snow and bad weather in New York.