SALISBURY, Md. – The Gallaudet University baseball team scored first against top-ranked Salisbury University on Sunday afternoon as the Bison led 1-0 heading into the third inning before the host Sea Gulls plated 16 straight runs en route to the 16-1 victory.
Freshman second baseman Kyle Gumm (Dallas, Texas) singled home senior shortstop Mitchell Bensman (Russia, Ohio) with a single through the right side of the infield in the second inning. Sophomore catcher Peter LoDuca (Great Neck, N.Y.) stepped to the plate with runners on first and second base and one out before hitting into a double play to end the rally. Gallaudet (2-14) had three of its four hits in the game during the second inning.
Sophomore pitcher Ian Evans (Murphy, N.C.) started off strong as he held the Sea Gulls (12-0) scoreless through the first two frames before they scored twice in the third, five times in the fourth and plated three more in the fifth. Evans (0-3) surrendered 10 runs (six earned) on 10 hits, three walks as he struck out two in five innings of work. The Bison defense made a season-high eight errors in the loss.
Salisbury starter Connor Shockley (2-0) earned the win as he threw six innings where he allowed one run on four hits, walked one and tallied five strikeouts. The Sea Gull bullpen combined for three scoreless frames to end the game. Center fielder Kyle Hayman (3-for-5) led SU with two triples, four runs and two RBI. The Sea Gulls are the current No. 1 ranked team in the latest D3baseball.com Top 25 poll and they are No. 3 in the American Baseball Coaches Association coaches' poll.
Gallaudet will next dive into conference play as the Bison host Lancaster Bible College for a doubleheader on Saturday at Hoy Field at 1 p.m.