WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Gallaudet University baseball team swept North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) rival Keuka College in its doubleheader at Hoy Field on Sunday. With solid pitching and well-timed offense, the Bison (14-17, 5-3 NEAC West) were able to weather the Storm (4-7, 2-4) by scores of 5-2 and 5-4. The victory marked the fifth conference win in the past six tries for GU.
The first game looked to be a pitchers' duel early on, as the teams were locked in a 2-2 tie through five and one-half innings. Up to that point, the two rivals actually combined for more errors (five) than runs scored (four), due in part to a milky, white skyline that made it difficult for fielders to track fly balls. In the bottom half of the sixth inning, Gallaudet rallied for three runs on four hits to put the game out of reach for good.
The Bison were powered on offense by junior outfielder William Chapman (Los Angeles, Calif.) and sophomore designated hitter Layton Seeber (Champaign, Ill.), who contributed two hits apiece. Freshman catcher Casey Hicks (Henderson, Nev.) contributed a hit, a run scored and two RBI. The key of the first game, however, was undoubtedly freshman pitcher DJ Travaglini (Plaistow, N.H.), who pitched all seven innings for GU and allowed only two runs on four hits. Keuka was led by freshman Gavin Corbin, who contributed a hit, a run and an RBI. Senior Jason Kirkum pitched all six innings for the Storm; he allowed four earned runs and struck out seven in the game.
The second contest brought warmer temperatures and a much clearer sky, though the game was much less crisp than the first. Through the first four innings, neither team did much on offense, though both pitchers – Chapman and Keuka junior Anthony Zaia – struggled to hold the game close; the two faced a total of 36 batters. Halfway through the fifth inning, Gallaudet found itself trailing 3-2 but that did not last long as the Bison rallied in the bottom half of the fifth. Gallaudet scored three runs to pull ahead by two. Though Keuka had a few opportunities to retake the lead, they mustered only one run in the final two innings to fall a run short 5-4.
The Bison were led by Chapman, who contributed a hit and two RBI, and freshman Chris Guinn (McLoud, Okla.). Guinn added two hits and a run scored, but also pitched the final two and two-thirds innings. He struck out two and allowed one unearned run.Freshman outfielder William Bissell (Brewer, Maine) saw his 12-game hitting streak snapped in the second game as he went 0-for-2.
Keuka had multi-hit efforts by Kirkum and sophomore Keith Prestano, who also contributed two RBI and two runs scored, respectively.
Gallaudet's next game is on the road Wednesday (April 13) afternoon against conference rival Pennsylvania State University-Harrisburg with the first game slated to begin at 3 p.m.