WASHINGTON - Gallaudet University battled back, twice, here Friday afternoon at a blustery and cold Hoy Field against St. Mary's College of Maryland but couldn't rally for a third time against the Seahawks and lost 8-7 in nine innings.
Gallaudet (3-16-1) carried a 7-6 lead into the top of the ninth inning and only needed three outs to secure its fourth win of the season.
St. Mary's (8-6) jumped on GU reliever Ethan Denson (Huffman, Texas) quickly with a single down the third-base line, stole second base and tied the game, moments later, on a Bison fielding error. The Seahawks swiped another base and a second Bison fielding error ended Denson's time on the mound.
Senior Dylan Hayes (Endicott, N.Y.) came on to pitch, with no outs, and allowed a single up the middle by Lucas Kraft, who brought home the eventual game-winning run from third. Hayes retired the following three batters as Gallaudet went into the bottom of the ninth down one run, 8-7.
Seahawk closer Jay Hammett induced two ground outs and a fly out to retire the Bison in order and end the game. St. Mary's reliever Noah Meyers (1-0) picked up the win while Hammett got the save.
Denson (1-6) was handed the loss as he allowed two unearned runs on two hits, three walks and struck out one batter in 1.2 innings of work.
In an unique opportunity, Hayes played eight of the nine positions for the Bison on Friday. He missed out on completing the rare feat of playing every baseball position in a game by not catching. Hayes' rotation went like this; left field (1st inning), center field (2nd), right field (3rd), second base (4th), shortstop (5th), third base (6th), first base (7th), shortstop (8th/9th), pitcher (9th). He finished the day in the field with two putouts and five assists (a season-high). He went 1-for-4 at the plate and had a two-run single in the bottom of the fourth to cut the Seahawk lead to 4-3.
Junior Cameron Upton (Vicksburg, Miss.) helped Gallaudet get its first lead of the game with a two-run single in the bottom of the fifth as the Bison led 5-4. Upton finished the game 2-for-4, two runs, two RBI and a double.
St. Mary's regained the lead, 6-5, on two wild pitches in the seventh. In the bottom half, senior first baseman Justin Strong (Charlotte, N.C.) grounded out but scored two runners to take a 7-6 lead.
- Senior catcher Jake Grindstaff (New Market, Md.) scored a run, drove in a run and walked twice
- GU scored seven runs on five hits
- Four different Bison had hits in the game while six different Bison scored a run
- This was GU's second one-run game this season
- The Bison have stolen 11 bases in the past two games
- This was Gallaudet's eighth straight nine-inning game
- Gallaudet went 1-12-1 during the month of March
- The Bison are halfway through their 40-game schedule
Gallaudet will begin a busy stretch as it enters the month of April. The Bison will make the short trip over to No. 16 The Catholic University of America (15-4) on Wednesday, April 4, at 3:30 p.m. for its second to last non-conference game this season. Gallaudet is set to play 20 games in 26 days beginning with its contest at Catholic. Conference play, in the form of nine doubleheaders, for GU begins next weekend.