ABINGTON, PA. – The Gallaudet University baseball team split a North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) doubleheader Friday against Penn. St.-Abington at Alverthorpe Field. The Bison took the first game as sophomore pitcher Marcus Smith (Baltimore, Md.) surrendered only one hit in an 11-0 win. The second game saw a reversal of fortune as Gallaudet gave up 18 hits in a 12-5 loss to the Nittany Lions.
Smith (4-3) highlighted game one with a spectacular pitching effort. The sophomore pitcher mystified the Nittany Lion's all day as he consistently got batters out. Smith pitched a complete game and was on the verge of a no-hitter until Penn. St.-Abington's Mike Kern hit a double in the bottom of the seventh inning. Smith had a lot of help from his defense as 13 of Smith's 21 put outs were recorded by pop up or fly out. He also tallied three strikeouts in the win.
Gallaudet (13-14, 2-4 NEAC West Division) scored two runs in both the third and fourth innings and sealed it shut with seven runs in the seventh. Eight of the nine Gallaudet batters recorded at least one hit in the first game. Junior shortstop Tommy Barksdale (Brookeville, Md.) had a big day at the plate as he went 2-for-4, scored two runs and recorded two RBI. Penn St.-Abington (14-14, 2-2 NEAC West) had a rough day fielding as it racked up five errors.
The Bison used their momentum from the first game and took an early 2-0 lead in the second game. The Nittany Lions bats finally woke up in the bottom of the third inning as they tallied eight runs off seven hits. Penn St.-Abington drove in another four runs in the fifth. Gallaudet unsuccessfully tried to mount a late comeback as it scored three runs in the sixth. The Bison weren't able to take advantage of their opportunities as they stranded eight runners on base.
Senior outfielder William Chapman (Los Angeles, Calif.) went 2-for-4 with one run scored and one RBI. Sophomore outfielder William Bissell (Brewer, Maine) also scored one run and one RBI as he went 1-for-3 on the day with a walk.
Freshman pitcher Brandon Holsworth (Beal City, Mich.) took the loss as he couldn't get out of the third inning. Pitcher Daniel Hill (2-0) struck out eight batters as he picked up the win for the Nittany Lions.
Gallaudet returns home on Tuesday, April 10, when it is slated to host St. Mary's (Md.) College in a non-conference doubleheader that starts at 2 p.m. at newly constructed Hoy Field.