READING, Pa. – Gallaudet University split Saturday's North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) baseball doubleheader with Penn St.-Berks as the Bison won 3-2 and then lost 8-6 at Hintz Athletic Field. Gallaudet (21-11, 9-3 NEAC) surpasses 20 wins in a season for the third straight year and has eight remaining regular season games.
The Bison led Penn St.-Berks (11-13, 7-3 NEAC) by two, 6-4, in the top of the fourth inning before the host Nittany Lions plated four runs off freshman starting pitcher Ian Evans (Murphy, N.C.) that gave them the 8-6 lead. Evans (4-2) suffered the loss as he allowed eight unearned runs on three hits, walked five as the Bison defense committed four errors behind him in the first four innings.
GU had three RBI doubles in the fourth inning off Nittany Lion starting pitcher Mitch Renninger. Senior JJ Klein (Cincinnati, Ohio) finished 3-for-5 with two doubles, two runs and a RBI. Fellow senior William Bissell (Brewer, Maine) went 2-for-4, two runs, RBI, walk, stolen base and a double but left five runners on base. Freshman first baseman Justin Strong (Charlotte, N.C.) was 2-for-4, three RBI and a double.
In the first game, sophomore pitcher Danny O'Donnell (Olney, Md.) hurled a complete game as he picked up his fifth win as he allowed two runs on six hits, walked three and struck out eight (his second highest total this season).
Senior third baseman Chris Guinn (McLoud, Okla.) had a RBI single in the top of the sixth inning to break up the 2-2 game. Guinn finished 2-for-2, two RBI, a double and one walk. Guinn had a RBI double in the second as GU led 1-0 early. Penn St.-Berks responded with two runs in the fourth before senior catcher Casey Hicks (Henderson, Nev.) tied the game with a RBI single to plate Klein in the fifth.
Penn St.-Berks pitcher Luke Erb went the distance as well as he surrendered three runs (two earned) on seven hits, six walks and four strikeouts.
Gallaudet returns home to its friendly confines of Hoy Field where it will finish out the regular season with an eight-game homestand. The Bison, who are 11-4 at home, welcome No. 16 Salisbury University to campus on Tuesday, April 22, at 3:30 p.m.