FORT MYERS, Fla. - It was an early morning for the Gallaudet University baseball team as they tangled with the Coast Guard Academy on Tuesday morning at Terry Park - Field 1.
Coast Guard (3-1) jumped out to an early 6-1 lead, which later grew to to 7-1, before Gallaudet (2-11-1) scored three times in the fifth and once in the seventh.
The Bison defense committed six errors with half of them coming in the five-run second inning for the Bears. GU had tied the game 1-1 in the top of the second on a Dante Paulone (Fishers, Ind.) RBI single to left field but things came undone in the bottom half. Coast Guard scored five times on three hits and three errors in the bottom of the second.
Gallaudet got back into the game in the top of the fifth inning when junior Cameron Upton (Vicksburg, Miss.) doubled to center to score senior outfielder Kyle Gumm (Dallas, Texas). A Coast Guard error allowed Ben Meyer (Monroe, Mich.) to reach first base as freshman Darren Drolsbaugh (Lansdale, Pa.) raced home from third base.
Freshman Winston Lane (Brooklyn Center, Minn.) plated the fifth and final run for GU in the seventh on a sacrifice fly to score Upton, who doubled to center to start the inning.
Freshman Quintan Polito (Omaha, Neb.) recorded his first collegiate start on the mound today. He went six innings where he allowed seven runs (four earned) on eight hits, walked one and struck out two. GU used two different relievers to close out the game as they logged scoreless innings.
Coast Guard starting pitcher Walter Harris (1-0) picked up the win as he pitched six innings where he allowed four runs (two earned) on five hits, two walks and six strikeouts. Bryan Delp picked up the save in the ninth after Ben Webster pitched two innings of relief. Bears third baseman Jon Pressley went 4-for-4 at the plate.
- Lane and Upton both tallied two hits
- Upton went 2-for-5, two doubles and two runs
- Gumm had two walks and two stolen bases
GU is off tomorrow before it returns to Terry Park to face Wisconsin Lutheran College (2-3) on Thursday, March 15, at noon.