WASHINGTON, D.C. – This was not the splash the Gallaudet University baseball team wanted to make in its North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) debut as the Bison hosted SUNYIT on a wicked Saturday afternoon at Hoy Field. The two teams withstood two rounds of severe rain showers, hail and wind that affected both games but in the end the sun shined to conclude a crazy four-hour window of weather. The visiting Wildcats walked away with 5-1, 7-3 victories over the Bison.
The Bison (9-16, 0-2 NEAC) had their opportunities in the second game as they mustered 10 hits and left nine runners on base. GU left two runners on base in the third, fourth, fifth and seventh innings. Senior outfielder Zane Noschese (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and freshman catcher Casey Hicks (Henderson, Nev.) both led the Bison with three hits apiece. Hick went 3-for-3 at the plate, drove in two runs, hit a double and scored a run. Noschese scored twice for the Bison late in the game.
SUNYIT starting pitcher Ethan Marrs (2-2) picked up the win as he went five innings, allowed two runs as he surrendered eight hits and struck out two. Reliever Jake Ross closed out the game as he hurled two innings where he gave up one run on two hits, walked one and struck out three. Gallaudet junior pitcher William Chapman (Los Angeles, Calif.) took the loss as he went the distance against the Wildcats (9-9, 2-0). Chapman surrendered nine hits that led to seven runs, walked two and racked up four strikeouts. The big hit for the Wildcats came in the fourth inning when left fielder Michael McCrone ripped a bases clearing triple to left field as three runners came around to score and give SUNYIT a 6-0 lead.
In the first game, the teams got through the first three innings before the dark clouds rolled through and the sky opened up with a torrential down pour that halted the game for 25 minutes. Play resumed in the fourth inning with SUNYIT up 3-1 the two teams played through a little drizzle before the precipitation stopped. The Wildcats added two additional runs in the sixth inning as the Bison bats went cold. Gallaudet only had two hits in the game and they both came in the one-run second inning. SUNYIT pitcher Patrick Baker (3-1) shut down the Bison for the remainder of the game as he held them hitless. Baker picked up the complete game victory as he walked one batter and struck out seven. Junior Ryan Hastings (Cherry Valley, Mass.) went the distance for the Bison as he allowed five runs (three earned) on 10 hits, one walk and two strikeouts.
GU will turn around and host SUNY Cobleskill tomorrow (Sunday, April 3) in another NEAC doubleheader at Hoy Field with the first game slated for noon.