WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University baseball team picked up two victories on a cool Thursday afternoon at Hoy Field as the Bison offense exploded for 36 runs in two seven-inning games. The Bison defeated University of Valley Forge, 23-5 and 13-8, in a non-conference doubleheader.
Gallaudet (7-23) tallied a season best 21 hits in the first game, including six doubles and a triple, en route to a season-high 23 runs. The Bison scored seven runs on one hit in the first inning and never looked back. Gallaudet added five runs in the third and eight in the fourth as it led 20-0 heading into the later half of the game.
Junior Chase Magsig (Hudsonville, Mich.) had a big day as he went a combined 6-for-8, six runs, four RBI, two doubles, one walk and one stolen base in the doubleheader sweep. Senior Mitchell Bensman (Russia, Ohio) recorded a 5-for-10 day as he knocked in six runs, scored three times and hit two triples. Freshman Dylan Hayes (Endicott, N.Y.) matched Magsig with his 6-for-8 line with six runs, three RBI, two walks and one double. Senior outfielder Tom Pangia (Hammonton, N.J.) scored six runs and four RBI while sophomore Justin Strong (Charlotte, N.C.) scored five times and drove in four in the doubleheader.
Five different Bison had three or more hits in the first game. Sophomore Zack Crawford (Newnan, Ga.) led the way going a perfect 5-for-5 as he drove in five runs, scored twice, hit two doubles and a walk. Bensman, Hayes, Magsig and freshman Kyle Gumm (Dallas, Texas) all had three hits each.
The 23 runs scored is the most Gallaudet has recorded since it defeated Valley Forge, 25-1, last year on March 1, 2014.
In the second game, Gallaudet jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead after two innings to help out starting pitcher Blake Phillips (Dalton, Ga.). Junior relief pitcher Ben Coleman (St. Paris, Ohio) lost the win for Phillips as the Patriots (3-20) tied the game in the fourth on four runs and one Bison error. GU responded in the bottom half with its own four-run inning as Pangia and Bensman drove in two runs each on singles.
Coleman (2-2) bounced back and struck out the side in the fifth en route to his second win of the season.
Valley Forge pitcher Jared Boothman (0-1) gave a valiant effort as he threw a combined 216 pitches, between the two games, in 11 and two-thirds innings pitched.
The Bison and Patriots were originally scheduled to play back on Feb. 28 but that doubleheader was postponed due to freezing temperatures. Gallaudet has won 10 straight over Valley Forge dating back to the 2011 season.
Gallaudet will hit the road Saturday for a critical North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) doubleheader at Penn St.-Abington (14-15, 8-2 NEAC). The Nittany Lions are currently in first place but the next seven conference teams are only separated by two games. The Bison are 3-7 in NEAC play.