LEESBURG, Fla. – The bright lights in Florida couldn't slow down Gallaudet University as it won its fifth straight game Monday night as the Bison defeated Vassar College 7-1 at Pat Thomas Stadium. Gallaudet (5-5) has won five consecutive games after starting the season 0-5. The five-game win streak matches the total achieved by last year's team.
The Bison received another solid pitching performance, this time freshman Brandon Holsworth (Beal City, Mich.) went six strong innings where he allowed one run on seven hits, walked four and struck out one. Holsworth (2-0) is the first GU pitcher to reach two wins this season. Sophomore Tyler Crace (Westfield, Ind.) and senior William Chapman (Los Angeles, Calif.) combined to pitch three scoreless, hitless innings of relief. Gallaudet has lowered its team earned run average by nearly five points during the win streak.
Gallaudet's offense is starting to come alive in Florida as the Bison have raised their team batting average 70 points in five games. GU tallied 13 hits against Vassar (0-2) as four different Bison batters had two or more hits in the win. Nine of the 13 hits came from the first four batters in the lineup. Freshman second baseman JJ Klein (Cincinnati, Ohio) led the charge with four hits that included two doubles and two runs scored from the lead-off position. Freshman second baseman Mitchell Bensman (Russia, Ohio) recorded a team best three RBI, two of which came in the fifth inning with a single to right field as GU led 5-1.
Junior shortstop Tommy Barksdale (Brookeville, Md.) delivered a two-run double in the third inning as GU led 3-0 early on. Barksdale later hit a double to right field in the eighth inning and scored on a sacrifice fly by clean-up hitter William Bissell (Brewer, Maine). The sophomore outfielder slammed a solo home run to left field in the top of the second inning to get Gallaudet on the scoreboard.
Vassar starting pitcher Joe Lovizio (0-1) suffered the loss but struck out 12 batters in seven innings as he allowed five runs on nine hits and walked none.
The Bison will rest Tuesday before getting back on the diamond on Wednesday, March 14, against MCLA in Winter Haven, Fla., starting at 1:30 p.m.