MIDDLETOWN, Pa. – The Gallaudet University baseball team rallied Sunday after it dropped a tough 1-0 decision to Penn St.-Harrisburg in the first game of the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) doubleheader here in Middletown, Pa. GU answered with a solid 8-3 win over the Nittany Lions to salvage the road doubleheader.
Gallaudet (15-20, 6-6 NEAC West) played its first road game this month and first since March 26. The 8-3 win is the first for the Bison away from Hoy Field this season. The Bison continue to inch closer to the program record for wins in a season in their first season in the NEAC.
Sophomore shortstop Tommy Barksdale (Brookeville, Md.) clubbed his first home run of the season when he went deep in the sixth inning of the second game with two runners on to give Gallaudet three much needed insurance runs. Barksdale finished the game 2-for-4, two runs and three RBI. Freshman catcher Casey Hicks (Henderson, Nev.) matched Barksdale with three RBI as he went 3-for-4 at the plate including a two-run double in the third. Junior outfielder William Chapman (Los Angeles, Calif.) recorded three hits in the win including a RBI double as he scored twice. The three hits gives Chapman a team best 13 games with multiple hits tallied.
The eight runs were more than enough for senior pitcher Zane Noschese (Pittsburgh, Pa.) to go the distance and pick-up his sixth win of the season. He allowed three runs (two earned) as Harrisburg scattered 13 hits but left 13 runners on base. Noschese (6-1) walked two batters and struck out four in the win.
In the first game, freshman pitcher DJ Travaglini (Plaistow, N.H.) went the distance for the Bison as he allowed one run to the Nittany Lions (7-22, 4-6), in the first inning, but suffered the tough luck 1-0 loss. Travaglini gave up five hits as he walked one, struck out one in six innings of work. His counterpart Chris Sabol (4-2) from Penn St.-Harrisburg threw a one-hit shutout as he recorded the seven-inning complete game. Junior Ryan Hastings (Cherry Valley, Mass.) had the lone hit for the Bison in the second inning.
The Bison return to Hoy Field on Tuesday, April 19, as they welcome the fourth-ranked team in NCAA Division III as Christopher Newport University travels up from Newport News, Va., for one nine-inning non-conference game that will start at 3 p.m.