AUBURNDALE, Fla. – The Gallaudet University baseball team was swept Sunday by Allegheny College 10-9 in 10 innings in the first game and 7-1 in the second game at Lake Myrtle Park in Florida.
Gallaudet (9-5) saw its eight-game win streak snapped in the extra-inning first game. The Bison, who were the home team, had several chances to win the game as they left 15 runners on base in the 10-inning game. GU's best chance came in the bottom of the ninth inning when the Bison loaded the bases but Mitchell Bensman (Russia, Ohio) fouled out to end the threat. In four different innings the Bison left a runner on third base.
Allegheny (5-2) pushed across the 10th run in the top of the 10th after a lead-off walk and a RBI triple by Mike Pezzone (1-1), who also picked up the win as he threw two innings in the eighth and ninth innings. Corey Keenan earned his first save of the season as he struck out the side in the bottom of the 10th inning as he only needed 12 pitches.
Senior outfielder William Bissell (Brewer, Maine) led the Bison with a 3-for-3 performance at the plate as he hit two triples, scored twice, was walked three times and picked up four RBI. Senior catcher Casey Hicks (Henderson, Nev.), senior Jeremy Murphy (Owings Mills, Md.) and freshman Justin Strong (Charlotte, N.C.) had a double in the loss.
Gallaudet starting pitcher Marcus Smith (Baltimore, Md.) was roughed up in the first inning as he gave up six runs. Allegheny catcher Adam Bronson blasted a three-run home run during the first inning. Smith last four innings as he allowed eight runs on nine hits, walked one and struck out four Gators.
In the second game, the Bison was the away team in this neutral site contest. GU scored a run in the first and led 1-0 until the Gators tied the game in the third with a run. Allegheny scored twice in the fourth and broke the game open with a four-run fifth inning. First baseman Ben Murray had a three-run triple to right field in the fifth.
GU starting pitcher Ian Evans (Murphy, N.C.) suffered his first loss of the season as he allowed seven runs in 4.1 innings. Evans (2-1) surrendered six hits (three extra-base hits), walked two and recorded three strikeouts. The Bison only had five singles in the game led by two from Bensman (2-for-3).
Gallaudet is off on Monday and will face Sewanee on Tuesday, March 18, at 4:30 p.m.