WASHINGTON - The Gallaudet University baseball team went toe-to-toe with Dean College in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader at a cold and blustery Hoy Field. The two teams exchanged the lead seven times before the game ended, due to darkness, in a 15-15 tie after six innings of play.
Gallaudet (2-5-1) dropped the first game 10-7 in seven innings.
Game 1: Dean 10, Gallaudet 7
Three different Bison had RBI hits in the bottom of the fourth to cut Dean's lead down from 8-4 to 8-7. The visiting Bulldogs (1-0-1) jumped out a to a quick 5-0 lead before Gallaudet got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the second inning.
GU added three runs in the third and fourth innings before Dean plated two insurance runs in the top of the sixth inning.
Sophomore Frank Diaz (Far Rockaway, N.Y.) took the loss as he pitched 5.2 innings and allowed 10 runs (three earned) on seven hits, four walks and struck out four.
Dean starting pitcher Jason Bottone (1-0) threw a complete game as he allowed seven runs (four earned) on 10 hits, one walk and two strikeouts.
Game 2: Gallaudet 15, Dean 15
Gallaudet scored at least one run in every inning as the Bison plated 15 runs, collected 13 hits which included six doubles and one triple, while driving in 11 runs.
Dean scored runs in five of the six innings as the Bulldogs picked up 14 hits including two doubles and 11 RBI.
GU had a chance to win the game in the bottom of the sixth inning. Gallaudet was trailing, 15-13, but quickly tied the game thanks to a Dean error and an Upton RBI double to right field The Bison had runners in scoring position, second and third base, with no outs and the game tied at 15. The next three Bison batters struck out, grounded out to the pitcher and flied out to the outfield to end the marathon game that took three hours, 21 minutes to play six innings.
The Bison tied the game 1-1 in the bottom of the first and took their first lead, 5-2, in the bottom of the second. GU doubled its run total after the fourth when the Bison led the Bulldogs, 10-5. Senior first baseman Justin Strong (Charlotte, N.C.) came through with a two-run double to left field in the fourth. He added a second two-run double in the fifth.
Dean went through six different pitchers while Gallaudet started senior Dylan Hayes (Endicott, N.Y.) who got GU into the fifth inning before freshman Dante Paulone (Fishers, Ind.) came in from the outfield to close out the game on the mound for 1.2 innings.
Gumm continued his impressive day as he went 3-for-4, scored three runs, knocked in two runs, walked once, stole three bases and hit a triple.
Upton went 4-for-4, drove in two runs and scored twice.
- This is Gallaudet's first tie in baseball since the 2009 season
- GU tied Lancaster Bible, 7-7 in 11 innings, back on March 9, 2009
- GU had five doubles in the first game and six in the second
- Gallaudet had 13 combined errors on the day
- The Bison collected 23 hits on the day
Gallaudet will host in-region power Christopher Newport University (8-4) tomorrow (Sunday, March 4) at 1 p.m. for a nine-inning non-conference game at Hoy Field.