WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Gallaudet University baseball team closed out their portion of non-conference play before starting North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) play this weekend with a pair of losses to Wesley College on Wednesday. The Bison led 6-3 in the first game but lost 8-6 and dropped the second game 16-6 at Hamilton Field.
Trailing 3-0 after three innings, the Bison answered with six straight unanswered runs. Senior outfielder William Chapman (Los Angeles, Calif.) led the attack with back-to-back doubles in the fourth and fifth innings. Chapman also had a RBI and scored twice during the six-run stretch. Sophomore catcher Chris Guinn (Cincinnati, Ohio) capped off the rally as he singled and later scored.
The Wolverines answered back in the sixth inning with four runs. The major damage was done when Wesley's Geoff Kimmel crushed a three-run home run to left field. Gallaudet never threatened again as Wesley's relief pitching kept the Bison out of scoring position.
Sophomore pitcher Tyler Crace (Westfield, Ind.) started the game for Gallaudet and pitched 5.1 innings and allowed six runs on 12 hits, walked two and struck out one. Sophomore Marcus Smith (Baltimore, Md.) came in to relieve Crace but surrendered the game-winning run on the Kimmel home run. Mark Mattern picked up the win for Wesley in relief and DJ Keckler shut the door in the sixth and seventh innings to earn the save.
In the second game, Gallaudet and Wesley traded blows in the first three innings as each team pushed across three runs. Guinn (3-for-3, three RBI) singled and scored to start the scoring Gallaudet and freshman outfield Austin McKenzie (Sulphur, Okla.) also scored after drawing a walk.
Wesley exploded for five runs in the fourth inning to blow the game open. Five consecutive Wolverines reached base and scored. The Wolverines scored four additional runs in the sixth and seventh innings to place the game out of reach.
Freshman Justin Wiener (Woodbine, Md.) took the loss as he relieved Chapman, GU starting pitcher, in the third inning and pitched in the five-run fourth inning. Andrew Cooper (2-1) picked up the win for Wesley.
GU hits the road this weekend to face SUNYIT (1-15) on Saturday, March 31, in the conference opener for both teams. The NEAC doubleheader will begin at noon.