DOVER, Del. – The Gallaudet University baseball team was one out away from taking a 4-1 lead into the seventh and final inning Sunday on the road against Wesley College but three runs later the Bison got the final out as the Wolverines crawled back into the first game of two. In the bottom of the seventh, GU served up a walk-off home run as Morgan Rupp blasted the first pitch he saw from pitcher Jeremy Adams (Glenn Dale, Md.) to win the game 5-4. Wesley never trailed in the second game as the Wolverines won the non-conference game 9-3.
Sophomore pitcher Brandon Holsworth (Beal City, Mich.) pitched a strong first game until the final few batters he faced in the sixth inning. The right-hander finished with 5.2 innings pitched where he allowed four runs (one earned) on seven hits, two walks and struck out three.
The Bison took a 3-1 lead with two runs in the fifth inning after four hits and one walk off Wolverine starting pitcher Zach Stuart. GU (0-4) added a fourth run in the top of sixth inning when sophomore second baseman Mitchell Bensman (Russia, Ohio) drove in sophomore first baseman Austin McKenzie (Sulphur, Okla.), who reached base after being hit by reliever Andrew Cooper (1-0).
In the bottom of the sixth inning, Wesley catcher Corey Jefferson reached base due to an error. Holsworth got the next batter to groundout and struck out outfielder Trevor Mears looking before he got into trouble. Designated hitter Conner Gobright blasted a two-run home run and the next two batters reached on a walk and single, respectively.
GU fell behind 2-0 after the first inning in the second game and had to gradually chip away. The Bison scored one run in the third inning and briefly tied the game in the top of the fifth inning. Wesley (2-0) scored seven unanswered runs over the fifth and sixth innings, six runs alone in the sixth, to break open the game. Gallaudet plated a final run in the seventh.
Senior shortstop Tommy Barksdale (Brookeville, Md.) had two hits in the second game and scored one run and had a RBI.
Gallaudet will next host Valley Forge Christian College for two games on Saturday, March 2, at 1 p.m.