WASHINGTON, D.C. – A three-run ninth inning by the Gallaudet University baseball team sparked a comeback with no outs as they trailed No. 1 ranked Christopher Newport University, 9-6. The Captains sweated out the last three outs to hold onto the three-run win on Tuesday at Hoy Field. This was the first game for CNU being ranked No. 1 in NCAA Division III baseball in school history.
Gallaudet (15-21) spotted the Captains (36-4) eight runs in three innings before the Bison got on the scoreboard with a run in the bottom of the third. GU slowly chipped away at the lead with a run in the fourth and fifth innings before the three-run ninth. Freshman William Bissell (Brewer, Maine) blasted his team leading fourth home run in the fifth inning off CNU starting pitcher Tyler McElhenny (3-0). Bissell finished the game 3-for-4, two runs and three RBI. Freshman catcher Casey Hicks (Henderson, Nev.) delivered a key two-run triple in the ninth but was stranded as Captain reliever Richard Lindsay retired the next three Bison, two by strikeout, to end the game.
CNU touched up Bison starting pitcher Layton Seeber (Champaign, Ill.) for eight runs in three innings of work where he walked two and struck out three Captains. The Captains were led by shortstop Billy Steel (1-for-2, two runs, two RBI), catcher Steven Lindemuth (3-for-4, one run, two RBI), outfielder Connor Madden (3-for-5, one run, three RBI) and third baseman Luke Saunders (3-for-5, two runs). Steel had a two-run home run in the second while Madden blasted a three-run shot in the third.
The Bison had several chances to score runs in the game as they left 11 runners on base. GU had the bases loaded in the third and two runners on in the fourth and sixth innings against McElhenny.
Juniors William Chapman (Los Angeles, Calif.) and Ryan Hastings (Cherry Valley, Mass.) combined to pitch the final four innings of the game for the Buff and Blue where they held the Captains scoreless and allowed just one CNU hit. The two teams both recorded 13 hits each in the non-conference game.
GU dives back into North Eastern Athletic Conference competition on Saturday, April 23, as the Bison host Penn St.-Berks for two games with the first game slated to begin at noon.