WASHINGTON - Gallaudet University rallied late against ninth-ranked Frostburg State University, on a cold and windy Sunday afternoon at Hoy Field, and tied the baseball game in the eighth and had the game-tying run on second base in the ninth before the Bison lost 10-8.
Gallaudet (3-15-1) served as the away team as the game was originally scheduled at Frostburg but was moved to the nation's capital due to snow in Western Maryland.
The Bison came back from four runs down in the top of the eighth inning to knot the game at 7. Senior outfielder Kyle Gumm (Dallas, Texas) came through with the clutch two-run triple to center field and had the heads up play of the day. Gumm stole home when the Frostburg catcher threw the ball back to the pitcher as the quick Bison runner caught the Bobcat defense napping. Gumm slid into home plate and jumped up with excitement as Gallaudet had tied the game.
Frostburg (12-3) responded in the bottom of the eighth with three runs off freshman pitcher Quintan Polito (Omaha, Neb.) to take a 10-7 lead.
The Bobcats turned to Mike Livingston to close out the game, as he got the first two Bison batters to ground out. GU made a two-out rally as senior Justin Strong (Charlotte, N.C.) singled to center field before catcher's interference and an infield throwing error prolonged the inning and allowed Gallaudet to score its eighth run of the game.
Gallaudet had runners on second and third base before freshman Darren Drolsbaugh (Lansdale, Pa.) grounded out to end the game.
A turning point in the game came in the bottom of the second inning when Gallaudet starting pitcher Dylan Hayes (Endicott, N.Y.) got the first two Bobcat batters out before Frostburg scored four times to take a 4-0 lead.
GU battled back with runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings to cut Frostburg's lead to 6-3 after five innings.
- Junior Ryan Gilbert (Mount Dora, Fla.) and Gumm both had triples
- Gumm and Drolsbaugh led the team with two runs scored
- Gumm drove in two runs and stole two bases
- Five different Bison had hits
- FSU's Greg Schneider went 3-for-3, three RBI, two walks
Gallaudet will next host St. Mary's College of Maryland (6-5) on Friday, March 30, at 3 p.m. in a non-conference game.