SALISBURY, Md. – The Gallaudet University baseball team dropped a non-conference doubleheader to Salisbury University on the road Saturday as the Sea Gulls shut out the Bison 8-0, 16-0. This is the third time in a week the Bison have been shutout as the Buff and Blue has dropped 10 straight.
Gallaudet (8-13) had seven total hits against the Sea Gulls in the two games combined. Freshman outfielder William Bissell (Brewer, Maine) and junior William Chapman (Los Angeles, Calif.) each had two hits, one in each game, while sophomore shortstop Tommy Barksdale (Brookeville, Md.) had the only extra-base hit for the Bison with his double in the first game. Senior Zane Noschese (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and freshman Casey Hicks (Henderson, Nev.) also had a hit on the afternoon.
Salisbury (13-8), who entered the 2011 season as the No. 21 ranked team in the country according to the Collegiate Baseball coaches' preseason poll, won its third game in a row. The Sea Gulls were also recently ranked No. 21 in the D3baseball.com/NCBWA media poll but fell out of the rankings this past week.
The Sea Gulls scored eight runs off 10 hits in the first game off Gallaudet starter Ryan Hastings (Cherry Valley, Mass.) who went the distance. Hastings walked two, struck out one through six innings pitched. Salisbury senior pitcher Dustin Herbert (5-0) pitched the complete game shutout as he struck out 12 of the 25 Gallaudet batters that stepped to the plate.
In the second game, Sea Gull pitcher Nathan Young (2-1) went the distance as he allowed three hits, walked one and recorded seven strikeouts. Chapman (1-4) took the loss for the Bison as he pitched 1.2 innings where he allowed seven runs (four earned) off two hits, five walks and one strikeout.
Gallaudet will next face another former Capital Athletic Conference opponent in St. Mary's (Md.) College on Wednesday, March 30, for a doubleheader at Hoy Field with the first game starting at 2 p.m.
NOTE: The Gallaudet record received a win this past week when Wesley College alerted Gallaudet that they had to forfeit the second game of the February 19 game that they originally won 13-4.