WASHINGTON – A rough start to the second game was about to get out of hand for Gallaudet University on Thursday at Hoy Field down 8-2. The Bison dug in and scored nine runs in the bottom of the fifth inning en route to sweeping Lancaster Bible College 8-2 and 11-8 in a North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) doubleheader.
Gallaudet (12-16, 4-2 NEAC) showed patience in the decisive fifth inning as it scored nine runs on five hits, three walks and one error. Lancaster Bible (5-14, 1-5 NEAC) allowed four runs before it recorded the first out of the inning. Junior catcher Casey Hicks (Henderson, Nev.) doubled home senior shortstop Tommy Barksdale (Brookeville, Md.) to get things started. Hicks came back around in the inning and got hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to score the seventh run of the frame to give the Bison the lead. Junior third baseman Chris Guinn (McLoud, Okla.) singled home junior JJ Klein (Cincinnati, Ohio) and freshman Chase Magsig (Hudsonville, Mich.) to complete the scoring in the fifth.
Junior Marcus Smith (Baltimore, Md.) picked up the win for the Bison as he pitched 1.2 innings of relief. Sophomore Brandon Holsworth (Beal City, Mich.) and Jeremy Adams (Glenn Dale, Md.) pitched scoreless innings in the sixth and seventh, respectively. Adams picked up his third save of the season.
Frankie Herr (1-1) took the loss for the Chargers in a brief stint of relief during the fifth inning. Catcher Kody Godsey led the offense for Lancaster Bible as he went 3-for-3 at the plate and drove in two runs while Caleb Mayer went 1-for-3 with three RBIs.
In the first game, freshman Ryan Rippy (Tullahoma, Tenn.) pitched a complete game as he allowed two runs on four hits, walked three and improved his record to 3-3 this season.
Gallaudet broke open the game in the fourth and fifth innings as it scored a combined six runs to take a 7-1 lead. Sophomore Mitchell Bensman (Russia, Ohio) came through with the two big hits in each inning. Bensman singled home two runs in the fourth and then smacked a triple to right field to plate Rippy and Guinn. Hicks also had a two-run triple in the fifth to score Barksdale and Magsig.
Lancaster Bible pitcher Justin Long (0-6) lasted into the fifth inning before being lifted after he gave up seven runs (five earned) on eight hits, four walks and four strikeouts.
The Bison are in the midst of a key stretch to their conference schedule and will host SUNYIT (8-10, 2-2 NEAC) in a doubleheader Saturday, April 13, at 1 p.m.