WASHINGTON - Gallaudet University pitchers carried no-hit bids deep into today's doubleheader baseball games against non-conference foe University of Valley Forge at a cold and blustery Hoy Field. The visiting Patriots picked up singles late in each seven-inning game to ruin GU's bid at a no-hitter. The Bison won the first game 10-0 and followed that with a lopsided 34-0 win.
Game 1: Gallaudet 10, Valley Forge 0
Junior pitcher Ian Evans (Murphy, N.C.) threw a complete game gem in the first game as he went the distance as he was one pitch shy of 100 in the seven-inning game. Evans (1-1) carried a no-hit bid into the sixth inning before Valley Forge's James Jackson singled to left-center field with two outs. The left-hander finished with a career-high 12 strikeouts as the Patriots only collected two hits.
The Bison jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the first inning as sophomore Kyle Gumm (Dallas, Texas) singled home two runs. GU added three runs in back-to-back innings as it held an 8-0 lead heading to the fourth. Junior Zack Crawford (Newnan, Ga.) led the offense with three hits, two RBI, a triple and a run scored.
Game 2: Gallaudet 34, Valley Forge 0
Sophomore pitcher Dylan Hayes (Endicott, N.Y.) was one out away from his first-ever no-hitter but his bid was spoiled when Ryon McGinness singled to center field. Hayes was lifted in favor of Kenneth Gentzke III (Scottsville, N.Y.) who used six pitches to end the game. David CastroWard hit the ball through the rightside of the infield but was thrown out at first base by right fielder Gumm. Hayes (1-1) finished with eight strikeouts and two walks as he faced 24 batters and allowed one hit in 6.2 innings.
Senior outfielder Chase Magsig (Hudsonville, Mich.) led the team with six runs scored as he came to the plate eight times. He also had a bases clearing triple in the 11-run first inning. Gumm drove in six runs as he fell a home run shy of the cycle. Six of GU's batters had two or more hits in the win.
- Six of Evans' strikeouts were batters who watched the called third strike
- Crawford went a combined 6-for-8 (.750) with six runs scored, one double, one triple and three RBI
- Gumm led all batters with eight RBI in the doubleheader
- Magsig scored seven runs in the two games
- Eight players scored three or more runs in the doubleheader
GU turns around to host Muhlenberg College (2-0) tomorrow (Sunday, Feb. 28) in a non-conference doubleheader starting at noon at Hoy Field.