WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Gallaudet University baseball team made history as the Bison won their first-ever North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) games since joining the conference last summer. Gallaudet (11-16, 2-2 NEAC) and visiting SUNY Cobleskill (3-8, 1-3) locked into two pitching duals on Sunday at Hoy Field as the Bison swept the Fighting Tigers 2-1 in both seven inning games.
Senior pitcher Zane Noschese (Pittsburgh, Pa.) pitched a complete game in the first game as he only allowed one Fighting Tiger to score in seven innings where he allowed four hits and struck out four and walked none. Noschese (4-0) was also effective with the bat as he went 2-for-3 against Cobleskill starter Jason Biron and scored a run. Sophomore shortstop Tommy Barksdale (Brookeville, Md.) led off the third inning with a double and scored moments later when junior William Chapman (Los Angeles, Calif.) grounded into a double play. GU led 2-0 heading into the fifth before the Fighting Tigers got on the board when second baseman Pete Green knocked in outfielder Andre Murray, who reached on a double.
In the second game, Gallaudet coach Curtis Pride handed the ball to freshman pitcher DJ Travaglini (Plaistow, N.H.) and the lefthander delivered. Travaglini (1-0) picked up his first win in the ninth appearance this season for the Buff and Blue. The freshman went seven innings to earn his first-ever complete game as he allowed one run on 10 hits, walked one and struck out three Fighting Tigers. Cobleskill scored its run in the first inning but didn't touch the scoreboard again as it left seven runners on base.
GU tied the game in the bottom of the third when freshman William Bissell (Brewer, Maine) doubled home Barksdale (3-for-4, one RBI) off Cobleskill starting pitcher Frank Hines. The following inning the Buff and Blue took the lead for good when Barksdale knocked in designated hitter Tyler Crace (Westfield, Ind.).
The two teams did not use a relief pitcher in either game. The first game lasted just over an hour and the second game finished 15 minutes shy of two hours. Gallaudet and Cobleskill combined for 29 hits in 14 innings but only scored six runs. GU improves its home record to 10-8 this season.
Gallaudet has reached a double figure win total in baseball for the first time since 2003 when the Bison went 12-19 under the direction of Kris Gould.
The Bison will have a few days to recover before they hit the road for the first time in two weeks. GU will travel to Cazenovia College on Saturday, April 9, for a NEAC doubleheader. The first game is slated to begin at noon.