KEUKA PARK, N.Y. – The Gallaudet University baseball team split its second North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) matchup of the season Sunday as the Bison beat Keuka College in the first game 12-11 but lost 11-4 in the second game at Kuhl Field.
In the first game, Keuka (1-11, 1-3 NEAC) led for more than half of the game before Gallaudet (10-16, 2-2 NEAC) tied things up at 8-8 in the sixth inning. Senior shortstop Tommy Barksdale (Brookeville, Md.) hit a two-RBI triple to left center field that plated junior left fielder JJ Klein (Cincinnati, Ohio) and junior right fielder Marcus Smith (Baltimore, Md.).
The Bison added four more runs to take the lead for the first time in the seventh inning. Junior third baseman Chris Guinn (McLoud, Okla.) doubled home junior Casey Hicks (Henderson, Nev.) to start things off. Guinn (2-for-4, three RBIs, two runs) and sophomore second baseman Mitchell Bensman (Russia, Ohio) came around to score on a Klein (two runs, two RBIs) single to center field, as the swift Klein took third base. Freshman center fielder Chase Magsig (Hudsonville, Mich.) reached first on a fielding error and Klein scored to make the score 12-8 in favor of the Bison.
The Storm had a chance to win the game in the bottom half of the seventh as they scored three runs off junior relief pitcher Tyler Crace (Westfield, Ind.) and had two runners on base before freshman Zach Kohler (Union City, Calif.) came in to get the last out of the game and earn his first save. Crace (3-2) picked up the win as he threw just over four innings of relief after freshman starting pitcher Ryan Rippy (Tullahoma, Tenn.) was lifted in the third inning after he gave up seven runs on nine hits, walked three and struck out two. Crace allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits and struck out two.
Right fielder Gavin Corbin led the Storm at the plate as he went 3-for-5 with three RBIs with a run scored. Starting pitcher Jeremy Pyszcynski threw six innings and gave up eight runs on eight hits with one walk. Patrick Campbell (0-1) suffered the loss for Keuka after he gave up two runs on two hits.
Keuka got off to a fast start in the second game as it scored five runs in the bottom of the first inning and tacked on two more in the second as they led 7-0 early. Gallaudet was held scoreless until the fourth inning when Guinn (2-for-4) smacked a solo home run to center field to lead things off. Five batters later and the bases loaded, Klein hit a two-run double to right center to score Bensman and Rippy (2-for-4) to cut the deficit to four, 7-3.
The Storm answered with a run in the fourth and fifth innings. In the top half of the sixth, Magsig hit an RBI triple to left center that brought home Klein (2-for-3, two RBIs) as the Bison trailed 9-4. Keuka added two more runs in the bottom half of the frame.
Smith (1-4) took the loss for the Bison as he couldn't get out of the five-run first inning. Keuka's Zach Nobles (1-2) pitched a complete game as he allowed four runs on nine hits, walked three and struck out nine Bison. Storm catcher Tom Fowler went 2-for-3 with three RBIs, a home run and two runs scored.
The Bison will host NEAC foe Lancaster Bible College (5-12, 1-1 NEAC) on Friday, April 12, at 1 p.m. at Hoy Field.