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Bison hold off Stevenson rally on the road, win 7-5

Bison hold off Stevenson rally on the road, win 7-5

STEVENSON, Md. – Freshman pitcher Brandon Holsworth (Beal City, Mich.) slammed the door on Stevenson University as he retired the side in the ninth inning as Gallaudet University celebrated a 7-5 road baseball win Wednesday at Park Field.

The victory wasn't easy for Gallaudet (9-6) as it had to withstand an eighth inning rally by Stevenson (13-9-1). The Mustangs pushed across four runs and were poised to score more but Holsworth got the Bison out of the bases loaded jam with only one out. After he hit his first batter the next two Mustangs popped up and flew out to the outfield to end the rally.

GU's bats came to life in the fourth inning as the game was tied at 1-1. Junior shortstop Tommy Barksdale (Brookeville, Md.) led off with a home run to left center field. Sophomore outfielder William Bissell (Brewer, Maine) tripled to right field and scored when senior William Chapman (Los Angeles, Calif.) singled up the middle. Two batters later, Chapman scores on a RBI-double by sophomore Chris Guinn (McLoud, Okla.) as GU led 4-1.

The Bison added three more runs in the top of the eighth when Guinn singled home Barksdale and Chapman. Freshman Mitchell Bensman (Russia, Ohio) singled through the left side of the infield to plate Guinn as Gallaudet held a 7-1 lead heading into the bottom half of the eighth.

Sophomore pitcher Marcus Smith (Baltimore, Md.) had been in control most of the game but gave up two singles and a walk to start the eighth. Senior pitcher Ryan Hastings (Cherry Valley, Mass.) was brought in but only retired one Mustang as he surrendered two hits, one walk and one run. Holsworth followed to get Gallaudet out of the inning.

Smith (3-1) pitched seven innings where he allowed four runs (three earned) on eight hits and walked five. Chris Street (1-1) took the loss for Stevenson as he lasted four innings and allowed four runs on seven hits, walked one and struck out two batters.

Gallaudet's heart of the batting order (No. 3, 4, 5 batters - Barksdale, Bissell, Chapman) combined to go 7-for-13, scored six runs and drove in two. Guinn finished with a 3-for-4 day at the plate with three RBI and a run while Bensman added three hits in four at-bats and two RBI. Gallaudet had 15 hits in the win, the second most tallied by the Bison this season.

GU has won three of its past four games against the Mustangs dating back to the 2010 season. The Bison beat Stevenson 5-3 back on April 1, 2010, in the first game of a Capital Athletic Conference doubleheader at Hoy Field. The win was the first conference win for Gallaudet in 13 years, a streak of 150 conference losses dating back to the start of the 1998 season.

The Bison will next face Valley Forge Christian College on Saturday, March 24, in a non-conference doubleheader played at Catholic University of America with a 1 p.m. start time.