UTICA, N.Y. – The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) opener for the Gallaudet University baseball team didn't go as planned as the Bison lost on the road Saturday to SUNYIT 9-7, 6-3 in a doubleheader.
Gallaudet (11-12, 0-2 NEAC West Division) was plagued by fielding errors as the Bison committed five in each game. The Bison trailed for the majority of the day in both games as they left 17 runners on base.
SUNYIT (3-15, 2-0 NEAC West), the defending NEAC West Division regular-season champions, had started the season 1-15 entering today's doubleheader and had a six-game losing streak.
GU held a brief 4-3 lead in the first game heading into the bottom of third inning as the Wildcats scored two runs. The Bison battled back with three runs in the sixth inning and had runners on first and second base with one out but a double play got SUNYIT out of the inning clinging to an 8-7 lead. The Wildcats added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth.
Junior shortstop Tommy Barksdale (Brookeville, Md.) had two RBI-doubles in the first game. Sophomore pitcher Marcus Smith (Baltimore, Md.) took the loss as he pitched five innings and allowed eight runs (five earned) on nine hits, two walks and struck out four.
SUNYIT starting pitcher Daniel Wiecek threw a complete game and allowed seven runs (six earned) on 11 hits, one walk and struck out five.
In the second game, the two teams were tied 2-2 heading into the bottom of the fifth when the game got away from the Bison, who made three errors in the inning which helped the Wildcats score four runs. SUNYIT had eight hits in the game but none were extra-base hits.
Senior William Chapman (Los Angeles, Calif.) had a RBI double in the fourth inning and a lead-off solo home run in the sixth inning to lead the Bison on offense. The Bison had six hits in the game and they came from three players, who had two hits each including Chapman, sophomore outfielder William Bissell (Brewer, Maine) and freshman Mitchell Bensman (Russia, Ohio).
Freshman Brandon Holsworth (Beal City, Mich.) took the loss as he threw a complete game and allowed six runs (one earned), on eight hits, walked one and struck out two. Wildcat pitcher Patrick Baker (2-2) earned the win as he threw all seven innings and allowed three runs on six hits, walked five and struck out five.
GU will next travel to face Lancaster Bible College in a conference doubleheader on Thursday, April 5, at 1 p.m.