AUBURNDALE, Fla. – The Gallaudet University baseball team found themselves in an early 6-0 deficit, aided by two errors and some timely hits by Springfield College batters, before its leadoff batter was able to come to the plate in the bottom of the first inning.
The Pride (3-1) doubled up the Bison, 12-6, here Tuesday evening at sunny Lake Myrtle Field in Florida in the RussMatt Invitational.
In the bottom of the first inning, Gallaudet (4-13) sophomore outfielder Kyle Gumm (Dallas, Texas) got the offense going with a lead-off single. After advancing to third on a single by freshman shortstop Cameron Upton (Vicksburg, Miss.), Gumm scored on a sacrifice fly by junior first baseman Justin Strong (Charlotte, N.C.). Despite facing two outs, Gallaudet would keep the inning alive with two more runs when sophomore Dylan Hayes (Endicott, N.Y.) was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. One more run would score on the ensuing batter when Springfield starting pitcher Jack Weinberger threw a wild pitch.
Hayes (1-2), Gallaudet's starting pitcher Hayes, continued to struggle in the second inning, surrendering four more runs before being replaced by junior Kenneth Gentzke III (Scottsville, N.Y.) who was able to get out of the inning without any further damage.
The Bison relievers were able to slow down the bleeding, as Gentzke would only allow one more run in five innings of relief. Seniors Albert Blake (Derby, Conn.) pitched two innings, allowing one run, and Ben Coleman (St. Paris, Ohio) closed out the ninth inning.
GU (4-13) would score three more runs after the three-run first inning, but it wasn't enough to come back from the early hole the Bison found themselves in as Springfield freshman reliever Cam Rivest (1-0) picked up the win, striking out seven batters in six innings of relief.
- Gumm led the Bison with three hits and scored two runs
- Upton was the other Bison with a multi-hit game today with two hits
- Five GU players crossed home plate
- Gentzke struck out a career-high four batters
- GU committed five errors, tied for its second-highest in a game this season
Gallaudet will continue its spring break trip with a game against Colby-Sawyer College (3-2) at 3:30 p.m. in Winter Haven, Fla.