WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University baseball team won its season opener with a 14-4 victory over Marymount (Va.) University on a pleasant Wednesday afternoon at Hoy Field. This marks the first season opening win for GU since the 2009 season, which was Coach Curtis Pride's first season.
Gallaudet (1-0) fell behind early to Marymount (1-4), a first-year baseball program, as the Saints scored the game's opening three runs in the second inning. Karlis Graubics (2-for-3) delievered the big hit with a two-run double to right center field for the Saints.
The Bison offense came to life in the bottom of the fourth inning as they batted around en route to scoring seven runs on four hits and six walks. Senior third baseman Chris Guinn (McLoud, Okla.) had a RBI double in the inning and later batted a second time in the same frame and picked up another RBI on a bases loaded walk. That inning was the last for Marymount starting pitcher John LaMotta (0-1), who surrendered five runs on five hits, walked two and struck out three in 3.2 innings.
Marymount picked up a run in the top half of the fifth inning before allowing four additional runs to Gallaudet in the bottom half. Senior catcher Casey Hicks (Henderson, Nev.) had a two-run double in the fifth as the Bison led 11-4. GU went on to tack on an additional run in the sixth and two runs in the seventh as it won by 10 runs.
Junior starting pitcher Brandon Holsworth (Beal City, Mich.) picked up the win as he logged five innings where he allowed four earned runs on seven hits, walked one and struck out seven. Eight batters in Gallaudet's starting line-up had at least one hit, six of them had two hits and five of them scored twice. Guinn and Hicks recorded four and three RBI, respectively, while Marcus Smith (Baltimore, Md.) drove in two runs.
Gallaudet will continue its home schedule this weekend when the Bison welcome non-conference foe Widener University (0-0) to Hoy Field on Saturday, February 22, for a nine-inning game at noon.