WASHINGTON - Early inning miscues cost Gallaudet University here Tuesday at Hoy Field in an 18-3 loss to McDaniel College in a non-conference nine-inning game.
The Bison (4-6) extended the second inning with three errors as the visiting Green Terror (2-1) scored four times on three hits.
McDaniel tacked on a fifth run in the top of the third before Gallaudet got on the scoreboard in the bottom half. GU loaded the bases for shortstop Cameron Upton (Vicksburg, Miss.), who stepped to the plate with two outs. Upton smacked a single to center field to score juniors Michael Ehlers (Tinley Park, Ill.) and Jake Grindstaff (New Market, Md.), who both reached base via walks.
Upton came through for the Bison, once more with two outs, in the bottom of the fifth with a single up the middle as junior outfielder Kyle Gumm (Dallas, Texas) scored to cut the Green Terror lead to two, 5-3. GU left two runners on base as senior first baseman Justin Strong (Charlotte, N.C.) popped up to the shortstop.
McDaniel responded with six runs on six hits and were aided by a fourth Bison error in the sixth inning. The Green Terror had six consecutive hits off starting pitcher Ian Evans (Murphy, N.C.).
Evans got out of the inning but the damage was done as GU trailed 11-3. The lefty pitcher allowed 11 runs (seven earned) on 13 hits, walked three and struck out two in the game.
The Green Terror added a run in the seventh before emptying the bench in the final two innings. McDaniel reserves scored five times in the eighth as rain clouds rolled into Northeast D.C.
GU went down in order, on just eight pitches, in the ninth.
McDaniel starting pitcher Zack Glover went four innings where he allowed two runs on two hits, walked three and struck out five. Glover gave way to Robbie Mays (1-0), who picked up the win, with three innings of scoreless relief.
- Upton went 2-for-4 as he drove in every GU run
- GU's first three batters went a combined 4-for-11 at the plate
- The rest of the Bison line-up went 0-for-20 against Green Terror pitching
- Strong returned to the starting line-up for the first time since Opening Day
- Upton made his pitching debut this season with a scoreless ninth inning in relief
Gallaudet will head south this weekend to Florida for Spring Break. The Bison will play six games while in Fort Myers, Fla., from March 12-17.