WASHINGTON - Gallaudet University dropped a pair of North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) baseball games to Keuka College here Saturday on a warm and sun-filled day at Hoy Field. The visiting Wolves (9-11, 3-3 NEAC) won the first game in extra innings, 5-4, and shut out the Bison (3-25-1, 0-8 NEAC) in the second game, 8-0.
Game 1: Keuka 5, Gallaudet 4 (F/8)
Gallaudet battled back from an early 3-0 deficit to knot the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the fourth. The Bison had a chance to add more runs in the fourth as they left two runners on base. The game remained tied and forced extra innings.
In the top of the eighth, Keuka took advantage of two Gallaudet defensive miscues to score twice.
GU manufactured a run in the bottom of the eighth after junior Cameron Upton (Vicksburg, Miss.) walked. Upton moved around the bases thanks to a balk, ground out and throwing error by the Keuka first baseman. The run cut the Keuka lead in half, 5-4.
Freshman Darren Drolsbaugh (Lansdale, Pa.) reached on a throwing error by the Keuka third baseman with two outs. The quick infielder/pitcher swiped second base and was in scoring position as GU freshman Julian Locke (Waco, Texas) hit a pop-fly to left field to end the game.
Drolsbaugh (0-1) was saddled with the loss as he gave up all five runs on 10 hits and walked five in 7.1 innings.
Keuka starting pitcher Bryan Johnsen (2-0) picked up the win as he struck out four batters and Dave Verrett claimed his first save of the season in the win.
Gallaudet scored four runs on four hits, all singles, while Keuka tallied 10 hits and five runs.
In the bottom of the third, senior Kenneth Gentzke III (Honeoye, N.Y.) grounded out to second base as Locke raced home for GU's first run of the game. Later in the inning, Upton singled to right field to plate senior outfielder Kyle Gumm (Dallas, Texas).
In the fourth, Gentzke picked up his second RBI with a single to left field to score sophomore Ben Meyers (Monroe, Mich.) and tie the game.
Game 2: Keuka 8, Gallaudet 0
In the second game, Keuka scored two runs in the first, second, seventh and eighth innings en route to the 8-0 win in nine innings over the Bison.
Gallaudet recorded five hits, led by Upton's two singles, and left nine runners on base in the loss.
The Bison had a hard time figuring out Keuka pitcher Wyatt Conklin (1-3), who struck out nine of his 11 batters in the first four innings. Conklin entered the game with only 14 strikeouts on the season. Conklin went seven strong innings where he allowed no runs on four hits, walked two and struck out 11.
GU senior Dylan Hayes (Endicott, N.Y.) pitched well but did get the help he needed from his defense as they committed five errors. Hayes threw eight innings where he allowed eight runs (five earned) on 12 hits, one walk and three strikeouts.
Gumm made his collegiate pitching debut in the ninth and came away with two strikeouts.
- This is only the second time Gallaudet has been shut out this season
- GU has lost 14 straight
- Gallaudet is 2-18-1 at Hoy Field
- The Bison have lost eight straight to Keuka
- GU last defeated Keuka in the 2014 season
Gallaudet will host Penn College (13-10, 7-1 NEAC) tomorrow (Sunday, April 22) in a conference doubleheader. Prior to the start of the game, Gallaudet will recognize its four seniors on Senior Day.