WASHINGTON, D.C. - Gallaudet University's baseball team was swept by nationally ranked University of Mary Washington in their doubleheader at Hoy Field on Sunday afternoon. The Bison fell to the No. 23 Eagles 5-3 and 8-0 as they have dropped seven consecutive games.
In their first game home after tough spring break trip to Florida, the Buff and Blue looked to have bounced back nicely when they took an early advantage by scoring three runs in the bottom of third inning. Unfortunately, it turned out to be the only runs GU (7-11) would score all day.
In the next half inning, their lead evaporated completely when Mary Washington (15-5) countered with three runs of their own. In the fifth, UMW tacked on two more to lead the Bison 5-3. The Eagles' Matt Abramson then slammed the door shut on any potential GU comeback with a three-inning, six-strikeout save. Despite pitching seven strong innings for GU, junior Ryan Hastings (Cherry Valley, Mass.) was hit with the loss, dropping his record to 2-5 on the season. Though the game was close, ill-timed errors and an inability to string hits together prevented the Bison from coming out on top. Freshman Tyler Crace (Westfield, Ind.) and sophomore Tommy Barksdale (Brookeville, Md.) each recorded a hit, a run and a stolen base for Gallaudet, while senior Zane Noschese (Pittsburgh, Pa.) scored the Bison's third and final runs - on a sacrifice fly by junior William Chapman (Los Angeles, Calif.).
In the second game, Chapman was able to hold Mary Washington in check early, limiting them to two runs through three innings despite loading the bases twice. However, he was unable to escape the fourth inning, as the Eagles piled on four runs on three hits before Noschese relieved him. Chapman walked six and struck out two in his three and two-thirds innings, while Noschese allowed two runs on four hits and two walks in the remainder of the contest. For the Eagles, Michael Straub pitched the entire game and allowed only two hits, while striking out eight and walking two. He also hit three Bison batters. Crace and freshman Casey Hicks (Henderson, Nev.) each singled for Gallaudet.
Gallaudet will take on Frostburg State University in a 3 p.m. non-conference game at Hoy Field on Tuesday. March 22.