WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Gallaudet University baseball team picked up its first two wins of the season Saturday as they swept Baptist Bible (Pa.) College in a doubleheader played at Catholic University of America.
Gallaudet (2-5) took charge early in game one and beat Baptist Bible 10-2. It was more of the same in game two as Gallaudet capitalized on their opportunities and outlasted Baptist Bible 9-4.
In game one, the Bison were led by senior pitcher Ryan Hastings (Cherry Valley, Mass.) who threw a complete game. Hastings (1-0) struck out seven batters in seven innings as he allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits. The Defenders (0-2) were scoreless until they pushed two runs across in the sixth inning. Hastings gave up a hit in the first inning but wouldn't surrender another hit until allowing two hits in the sixth.
Freshman JJ Klein (Cincinnati, Ohio) led the Bison in game one as he scored twice, drove in two runs and collected two hits, including a triple. Gallaudet had a balanced attack as nine Bison recorded at least one hit. Sophomore third baseman Chris Guinn (McLoud, Okla.) scored a game-high three times.
Gallaudet would get on the board early as Klein, the second batter of the game, tripled to right field. Freshman second baseman Mitchell Bensman (Russia, Ohio) would later bring in Klein on a RBI groundout.
The Bison would add to their lead in the third inning, as they tacked on three more runs. Klein would bring in sophomore first baseman Jeremy Murphy (Owings Mills, Md.) and Guinn with a two-out single to center field. Sophomore catcher Casey Hicks (Henderson, Nev.) would also score on a wild pitch.
Gallaudet blew the game open in the fourth inning. The Bison would tally four runs on three hits. Guinn opened the inning with a triple to center field. Junior left fielder Layton Seeber (Champaign, Ill.) had a sacrifice fly to center to score Guinn. Junior shortstop Tommy Barksdale (Brookeville, Md.) would also single and score in the inning.
The Bison would add two more runs in the fifth and sixth inning. In the fifth, Guinn got on base after being hit by a pitch. He later scored on a passed ball. In the sixth, Guinn hit a sacrifice fly to left field that plated sophomore center fielder William Bissell (Brewer, Maine).
Baptist Bible was led at the plate in the first game by Randy Vincent (2-for-4, one run). Patrick Barrios (0-1) was dealt the loss after pitching 4.1 innings where he allowed nine runs (six earned) on seven hits, four walks and one strikeout.
Hicks was the pace setter for the Bison in game two as he went 2-for-2, scored twice, recorded two RBI and had two doubles. Murphy was also a perfect 2-for-2, one run and a double. Sophomore right fielder Marcus Smith (Baltimore, Md.) had a game-high three RBI as he finished 2-for-4, one double and one run.
The Bison had an equally impressive second game effort from freshman pitcher Brandon Holsworth (Beal City, Mich.) as he held the Defenders to only three hits in six innings of work. Holsworth (1-0) picked up his first collegiate win as he only walked three batters and notched four strikeouts.
Baptist Bible starting pitcher Zach Shroyer (0-1) lost control of his pitches in the six-run second inning as he hit five GU batters and walked three. Gallaudet pushed across six runs on one hit in the decisive second inning. Shroyer walked the first three Bison batters to start the inning before a two-run single by Smith brought in two runs. Shroyer got one of his four strikeouts for the first out of the inning then proceeded to hit the next four Bison batters to force in three additional runs.
Freshman left fielder Austin McKenzie (Sulphur, Okla.) singled in the third and later scored on a throwing error by the right fielder. In the fourth inning, Smith scored Hicks again, this time on a double to center field. Gallaudet scored its final run of the game in the fifth inning as Hicks had a RBI-double to plate Bissell.
Baptist Bible scored four runs in the seventh inning but its rally fell short.
Gallaudet totaled 18 hits and 19 runs in the two games. Seven Bison recorded at least two or more hits in the doubleheader. The ERA for the three pitchers used by Gallaudet was 1.29 through 14 innings.
GU will next prepare for its Spring Break trip to Florida when the Bison will participate in the RussMatt Invitational starting on March 10. The Bison will play seven games in six days before returning home.