ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. – The 2015 season came to a close for the Gallaudet University baseball team on Sunday afternoon as the Bison lost, 15-3, to St. Mary's (Md.) College at the Hawk's Nest.
St. Mary's (9-21) snapped a seven-game losing streak with today's win. The Seahawks scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning before putting up four runs in the fifth and eight in the sixth to put the game out of reach, 14-0. SMC added an additional run in the eighth.
The Bison offense tallied nine hits as four different Bison had two hits led by freshman Dylan Hayes (Endicott, N.Y.), who went 2-for-5 with two RBI. Senior outfielder Tom Pangia (Hammonton, N.J.), junior outfielder Chase Magsig (Hudsonville, Mich.) and freshman Kyle Gumm (Dallas, Texas) all had two hits.
Gallaudet scored three runs in the top of the ninth inning. In his final at-bat as a Bison, Pangia hit a tripled and then scored on a RBI single by fellow senior Mitchell Bensman (Russia, Ohio), in his last at-bat. Five batters later, Hayes singled to left field to drive home Bensman and Gumm to cap the scoring for the buff and blue.
Hayes (1-7) took the loss as he allowed 12 runs (eight earned) on 10 hits, four walks, one strikeout in five and one-third innings pitched.
Hayden Ferington and Connor Goodie led the Seahawks offense with three RBI while Jared Eaker drove in two runs and scored twice.
GU fell short of a fourth straight 20-win season as it finished with an 8-29 record. The Bison went 3-11 down the stretch and were 0-9 in away games this year.
The game marked the final game for Bensman and Pangia, the only seniors on the team. Bensman, a four-year letterwinner, played in 162 games and recorded 143 hits, 78 runs, 73 RBI, 15 doubles, three triples, one home run, 48 walks and 16 steals. In the field, he had a .923 fielding percentage, 231 putouts, 323 assists and turned 61 double plays. Pangia completes his first season with the baseball team after a star-studded four-year football career where he was a first team all-conference selection each season. He finished the season with a .250 batting average, 21 hits, 15 runs, 13 RBI, six walks, four doubles and one triple in 29 games. In the outfield he posted a 1.000 fielding percentage as he made 24 putouts and three assists.
Gallaudet should return 12 players in 2016 along with a new recruiting class as it looks to improve and build off this season.