WASHINGTON - Darkness fell on the nation's capital on a biting overcast Thursday evening at Hoy Field. Gallaudet University's nine-inning non-conference game with nationally ranked Catholic University of America was halted in the top of the ninth.
The No. 29 Cardinals (16-4) walked away with a 16-3 victory over the Bison (5-14) in eight innings.
The sluggish game lasted three hours and 50 minutes as the Cardinals played 24 players and the Bison made seven pitching changes.
Gallaudet had nine hits in the game including a double by senior Blake Phillips (Dalton, Ga.). Junior Michael Ehlers (Tinley Park, Ill.) led the Bison offense going 2-for-3 at the plate. GU scored a run in the second, third and eighth innings.
Catholic jumped out early on the Bison with three runs in the first inning and a six-run second inning. Outfielder Bailey Lewis (2-for-2) had a grand slam home run in the top of the second that cleared the left field fences.
GU starting pitcher Robersy Delgado (Tampa, Fla.) took the loss as he lasted one inning where he allowed eight runs (seven earned) on seven hits and two walks. Several Bison relief pitchers had scoreless innings against the high-power Cardinals.
Catholic starting pitcher Joseph Prego (1-0) picked up the win as he threw five innings where he allowed two runs on five hits, walked three and struck out three.
- Junior catcher Jake Grindstaff (New Market, Md.) recorded a RBI on a fielders choice in the second inning
- Sophomore Cameron Upton (Vicksburg, Miss.) had a RBI single in the third inning
- Freshman Frank Diaz (Far Rockaway, N.Y.) singled home freshman Connor Rosko (Austin, Texas) in the eighth
- GU made a season-high seven errors in the field
- The Bison have lost eight straight
Gallaudet is slated to begin conference play this Saturday, April 1, at Penn St.-Abington (1-15) for two games starting at 1 p.m.