NOTE: On March 24, Wesley forfeited the second game with Gallaudet because the Wolverines used an ineligible player.
DOVER, Del. – The Gallaudet University baseball team dropped its season opener on Saturday against Wesley College on the road in Delaware's capital city at Bob Reed. The host Wolverines won the first game 16-9 and took the second game 13-4 in six innings, as the game was called for darkness.
Gallaudet (0-2) showed great improvement from last year's showing with the Wolverines when the Bison lost its three games by a combined score of 60-0.
In the first game, the Bison jumped out on the scoreboard first with two runs before Wesley (4-0) answered with four runs in the bottom half off GU starter Ryan Hastings (Cherry Valley, Mass.). Gallaudet pulled to within one, 5-4, in the top of the third before the Wolverines scored 11 runs over the course of the next four innings en route to the 16-9 win. GU tallied 15 hits and nine runs in the loss as freshman outfielder William Bissell (Brewer, Maine) went 4-for-4 at the plate and drove in two runs. Gallaudet's top of the order of senior Zane Noschese (Pittsburgh, Pa.), freshman Jordan Walters (Anaheim, Calif.), junior William Chapman (Los Angeles, Calif.) and Bissell went a combined 12-for-18 at the dish as the quartet knocked in five runs and scored five.
GU had a rough first inning in the second game as the Bison jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead but that quickly evaporated as the Wolverines posted seven runs off Chapman (0-1), the starting pitcher. Chapman settled in after the first frame and tossed four innings where he struck out four and walked five. The Bison bats went cold as the they only had five hits. Chapman blasted his first home run for the Buff and Blue in the first inning. Sophomore shortstop Tommy Barksdale (Brookeville, Md.) drove in two runs for the Bison in the loss.
Gallaudet will open its home schedule next weekend with back-to-back doubleheaders at Hoy Field. The Bison welcome non-conference foes Baptist Bible (Pa.) on Saturday, February 26, and then Muhlenberg College on Sunday, February 27. Both doubleheaders are slated to begin at noon.