WASHINGTON - Two much-needed North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) victories was exactly what Gallaudet University baseball needed. The Bison swept a conference series with Cazenovia College here on an unseasonably cold afternoon at Hoy Field.
GU won its first game at home in over two months with a 6-1 victory in the first game as the Bison batted first and served as the away team. This doubleheader was originally scheduled to be played at Cazenovia but was moved to the nation's capital after rain/snow showers deemed the Wildcats' field unplayable. In the second game, Gallaudet trailed 6-2 going into the eighth inning but rallied to scored the next five runs to win 7-6 in 10 innings.
Gallaudet (6-28-1, 3-11 NEAC) catapulted up in the NEAC standings to seventh place after today's wins moved them in front of Cazenovia (8-19, 2-12 NEAC) and Wells College (12-18, 2-12 NEAC) with a week left in the regular season. GU is still fighting for a NEAC playoff berth and will play four conference games next weekend. If GU was able to pick up four additional NEAC wins it would place the buff and blue in the mix.
GU will have to go up against SUNY Poly (10-15, 4-5 NEAC) and SUNY Cobleskill (2-23, 1-9 NEAC), a first-year program, on the road in New York next weekend.
Game 1: Gallaudet 6, Cazenovia 1
Freshman pitcher Ethan Denson (Huffman, Texas) threw his best game of the season in the first game. Denson (2-7) went the distance and allowed one unearned run on four hits, three walks and struck out four. Denson earned his second win of the year, he last won on Opening Day where he threw four scoreless innings to begin the season.
Juniors Ryan Gilbert (Mount Dora, Fla.) and Cameron Upton (Vicksburg, Miss.) recorded three and two RBI, respectively, in the win. Gilbert grounded out, reached via error and singled to bring home GU's second, third and sixth runs. Upton had two sacrifice flies, one in the first and one in the seventh, to plate GU's first and fifth runs. Senior Dylan Hayes (Endicott, N.Y.) was responsible for Gallaudet's fourth run with a ground-out to third base.
Cazenovia starting pitcher Anthony Kane (2-3) took the loss as he surrendered four runs (three earned), on five hits, walks three and struck out three.
Game 2: Gallaudet 7, Cazenovia 6 (F/10)
Gallaudet trailed by four runs late into Sunday's second game of the NEAC doubleheader against Cazenovia but rallied to score the game's final five runs to win 7-6 in 10 innings.
After being down 6-2 heading to the top of the eighth inning, the Bison responded to score three runs before they ran out of the inning. Sophomore Winston Lane (Brooklyn Center, Minn.) singled up the middle to plate two runs to start the three-run frame. Hayes followed with an infield single to score Lane and cut the Cazenovia lead to one, 6-5. Freshman Julian Locke (Waco, Texas), who had reached via single and moved to second base on Hayes' single, attempted to steal third base with two outs but was thrown out to end the GU rally.
Gallaudet caught a break in the ninth inning when senior Kenneth Gentzke III (Honeoye, N.Y.) struck out swinging but Cazenovia catcher Ryan Cooper couldn't corral the pitch as it deflected off of his foot and went to the backstop. Gentzke reached first base and moved up on a second passed ball moments later. The Bison had the game-tying run in scoring position. Freshman Darren Drolsbaugh (Lansdale, Pa.) singled up the middle to plate Gentzke and knot the game at six. Drolsbaugh stole second but Upton struck out to end the inning.
The Bison got out of a jam in the bottom of the ninth when they turned a double play to force extra innings.
In the extra frame, Gilbert led off by getting hit by the pitch followed by a Lane single. Locke executed a perfect sacrifice bunt to move both runners into scoring position. Hayes followed suit with his own sacrifice bunt that scored Gilbert to give GU a 7-6 lead.
Upton (2-4) closed out the final two innings on the mound as he only allowed two hits and struck out one to win the game.
Cazenovia reliever Jake Bianchi (1-1) took the loss as he allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits and struck out three in 1.1 innings worked.
- This was Gallaudet's first extra-inning win this season
- The Bison are 1-2 in extra-inning games
- Gallaudet wraps up the month of April with a 3-12 record
- GU last won at home on Feb. 18 with a series sweep against Valley Forge to begin the year
- After the season-opening sweep, Gallaudet went 0-20-1 at home before today's sweep
- Gallaudet is now 4-20-1 at Hoy Field this season
The Gallaudet baseball team is slated to travel back to New York next weekend for two conference doubleheaders. GU begins the trip on Saturday, May 5, against SUNY Poly.