THOMASVILLE, N.C. - The Gallaudet University baseball team traveled to North Carolina to play in the HiToms Collegiate Classic this weekend at Finch Field where the Bison were swept in three games over the weekend. Gallaudet (0-4) faced tough competition as it went up against a Top 10 team in Division III and an in-region foe, who used to be members of the North Eastern Athletic Conference.
Game 1: No. 10 Frostburg State 17, Gallaudet 5
GU scored the first run of the game Saturday, Feb. 20, in the top of the third inning when senior outfielder Chase Magsig (Hudsonville, Mich.) was hit by a pitch, advancing the runners and sending freshman Jeremiah Aut (Green Cove Springs, Fla.) home. This marked GU's first run of the season.
The Bison scored again in the top of the fourth before the 10th ranked Bobcats took it away in the bottom of the fourth inning. With five hits and three Bison errors, the Bobcats were able to score eight runs.
Junior Blake Phillips (Dalton, Ga.) suffered the loss on the mound as he allowed five runs (four earned) on three hits, struckouy six in 3.1 innings. Frostburg had 11 hits and was led by Connor Cooper who had three hits, including a home run to left field and three RBI.
Game 2: Penn St.-Harrisburg 5, Gallaudet 1
In the second game on Saturday, the Bison once again scored the first run of the game as junior first baseman Justin Strong (Charlotte, N.C.) singled through to the right side, driving in sophomore outfielder Dylan Hayes (Endicott, N.Y.) in the bottom of the first inning. GU couldn't keep the lead as the Nittany Lions earned eight hits and got walked seven times during the night game.
Junior Ian Evans (Murphy, N.C.) took the loss as he pitched five innings where he allowed four runs (two earned) on five hits, six walks and struck out two. Senior Albert Blake (Derby, Conn.) pitched the final four innings in relief and only allowed one run on three hits, walked one and struck out five.
Game 3: Penn St.-Harrisburg 6, Gallaudet 2
GU faced Harrisburg one more time on Sunday morning. The Nittany Lions (3-1) scored five runs in the bottom of the third inning on five hits and three Bison errors. GU attempted to come back but only scored a run in the fourth and fifth innings. Senior Brad Stockdill (New Castle, Pa.) singled in the top of the fourth, putting the ball in play to score sophomore Kyle Gumm (Dallas, Texas) and Hayes scored in the top of the fifth on a passed ball.
GU loaded the bases in the seventh but Gumm grounded out to first base to end the inning.
Hayes took the loss as he allowed for six runs (five earned) on eight hits and three walks in five innings.
- GU had 18 hits on the weekend
- Three Bison had doubles; Magsig, Hayes and freshman Gilwon Seo (Chungju, South Korea)
- Blake struck out eight batters in three games
The Bison will start their seven-game home stretch on Wednesday, Feb. 24, against Marymount (Va.) University at 2 p.m.