WASHINGTON – An early lead quickly evaporated for Gallaudet University on Thursday afternoon at Hoy Field as McDaniel College scored 17 unanswered runs en route to a 14-run victory in a non-conference baseball game.
Gallaudet (0-4) scored its three runs with two outs in the second inning as the Green Terror committed three errors on the left side of the infield to prolong things for the Bison. Shortstop Blake Phillips (Dalton, Ga.), freshman outfielder Dylan Hayes (Endicott, N.Y.) and junior outfielder Chase Magsig (Hudsonville, Mich.) reached base due to throwing errors. Two runs came around to score as Magsig scampered to second base as GU led 3-0.
The three-run lead was short-lived as the Green Terror (1-0) tied the game in the top of the third inning.
GU had its own disastrous fielding inning in the top of the fourth when three quick throwing errors, two on one play, allowed McDaniel to take the lead for good.
Starting pitcher Brandon Holsworth (Beal City, Mich.) left, due to injury, after the third throwing error by third baseman Zack Crawford (Newnan, Ga.). Relief pitcher Ian Evans (Murphy, N.C.) only lasted five batters but the damage was done as GU trailed 8-3. The final nail in the coffin came when Brandon Hayward (3-for-4, six RBI) hit a bases-clearing double, off relief pitcher Albert Blake (Derby, Conn.), to complete the eight-run fourth.
Hayward stepped to the plate, once more, with the bases loaded in the top of the fifth and blasted a triple to left-center field to score three runs in a five-run fifth. McDaniel added one run in the eighth to pick-up its first win of the season.
Holsworth (0-2) suffered the loss as he allowed six unearned runs in 3.1 innings on four hits, no walks as he struck out two batters. David Pisauro (1-0) earned the win in relief of starting pitcher Marty Windisch. GU had five hits and five errors in the loss.
Gallaudet will head south for Spring Break where it will play six games in Florida starting this weekend.