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Bison playoff hopes take a hit with split at SUNY Poly

Gallaudet baseball player Cameron Upton swings at a pitch in a game at Hoy Field.

MARCY, N.Y. - The Gallaudet University baseball team entered this weekend with a goal of winning all four conference games to keep its North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) playoff hopes alive. The Bison (7-29-1, 4-12 NEAC) began the day on the right foot with a sound 13-5 victory here Saturday over SUNY Poly (11-16, 5-6 NEAC). 

Unfortunately, in the second game the Bison lost their early lead and fell to the Wildcats, 9-4. SUNY Poly, who has only played 11 conference games, is in position to lock up the sixth and final playoff spot.

Game 1: Gallaudet 13, SUNY Poly 5
Gallaudet jumped out to a commanding 10-0 lead after five innings of play and added three insurance runs in the top of the seventh to pick up its seventh win on the season and fourth in conference play.

Sophomore Winston Lane (Brooklyn Center, Minn.) led the Bison offense with two triples and five RBI. Junior second baseman Cameron Upton (Vicksburg, Miss.) was a perfect 4-for-4 as he drove in one run and scored four times. GU's top of the order, first four batters, scored a combined 12 runs and walked six times.

Junior Ryan Gilbert (Mount Dora, Fla.) and freshman catcher Julian Locke (Waco, Texas) added two RBI each.

Gallaudet scored three times in the first, fourth and seventh innings and twice in the second and fifth innings.

Freshman Darren Drolsbaugh (Lansdale, Pa.) earned his second win of the season as he pitched six innings where he allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits and three walks. Sophomore Robersy Delgado (Tampa, Fla.) came on to pitch the bottom of the seventh as the host Wildcats scored two runs on four hits while Delgado struck out two.

SUNY Poly Noah Vanderbeck (0-1) only lasted two innings as he surrendered five runs on three hits, walked five and struck out four. The Wildcats had to use two more relievers to get through the game.

The Wildcats got on the scoreboard with three runs in the sixth and two in the seventh.

Game 2: SUNY Poly 9, Gallaudet 4
Gallaudet started the second game where it left off as Upton drove in a run in the first and third innings as the Bison led 2-0 after two and a half innings.

SUNY Poly scored five unanswered runs off GU starting pitcher Ethan Denson (Huffman, Texas) to chase the freshman right-hander in the bottom of the fifth as the Wildcats led 5-2. Delgado came on and got the final out in the fifth and got GU into the eighth inning.

Denson allowed five runs (two earned) on six hits, walked two and struck out one in 4.2 innings of work. SUNY Poly starting pitcher Nate Palmer (3-2) hurled a complete game as he allowed four runs on eight hits, walked three and struck out five in nine innings.

Drolsbaugh was GU's top hitter as he went 4-for-5 off Palmer as he was a home run shy of the cycle. He hit two doubles, a triple and single off the SUNY Poly starter. He scored three times to led the Bison. Upton finished 2-for-3 with three RBI, a triple and one run. 


  • Lane and Upton now are tied for first on the team with five triples
  • GU extended its win streak to three games after the first game of today's doubleheader
  • The first game win also increased GU's win streak over SUNY Poly to three, dating back to last season, before the loss in the second game
  • This is Gallaudet's second NEAC doubleheader on the road this season

Gallaudet will conclude the regular season tomorrow (Sunday, May 6) with a NEAC doubleheader at SUNY Cobleskill (3-26, 2-12 NEAC) at noon.