WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University baseball team flourished in its season-opener with a doubleheader sweep of University of Valley Forge on a cool and sun-filled Sunday afternoon at Hoy Field. Gallaudet (2-0) shut out the Patriots (0-2) in the first game 6-0 and won 5-1 in the second game in the non-conference twin bill to begin the 2018 season.
Game 1: Gallaudet 6, Valley Forge 0
Senior outfielder Kyle Gumm (Dallas, Texas) led the offense with a 2-for-3 performance at the plate as he drove in one run and scored three times.
Gallaudet received great production from the top of its order as the top five batters recorded a RBI and combined for five of the team's six hits. GU scored first with two runs in the bottom of the first and added two runs in the fifth and six innings to capture its first win of the season.
Freshman pitcher Ethan Denson (Huffman, Texas) picked up his first collegiate win as he pitched four innings of shutout ball. Denson (1-0) allowed two hits, walked two batters and struck out four in the win. A trio of Bison pitchers came on in relief to closeout the game. Valley Forge's pitcher Shashwat Chitnis (0-1) allowed four runs on four hits, walked three, and struck out two in over four innings of work.
Game 2: Gallaudet 5, Valley Forge 1
The Bison led 1-0 early in the second game and added more runs in the fourth and fifth innings. Junior outfielder Yebi Areola (Nashville, Tenn.) tripled to right field to score sophomore Winston Lane (Brooklyn Center, Minn.) in the bottom of the fourth. On the next play, Areola scored thanks to freshman Darren Drolsbaugh's (Landsdale, Pa.) sacrifice bunt to the pitcher.
Valley Forge got on the board in the fifth as Bryan Reyes hit a sacrifice fly to center field to score Jonas Marte as the Patriots cut the Bison lead to two, 3-1.
Gallaudet struck, again, in the bottom of the fifth with two additional runs. Gumm, who led off the inning with a walk, stole a base and moved up on a ground out before he scored on a wild pitch. Lane followed that up with a double to right-center field to plate senior Justin Strong (Charlotte, N.C.), who got on base after being hit by the pitch, to give GU the four-run lead, 5-1.
Junior Cameron Upton (Vicksburg, Miss.) recorded his first win of the year as he allowed one run on four hits and struck out two in five innings of work. Valley Forge pitcher Bryce Wheary took the loss as he allowed four runs on three hits, walked three, and struck out four in four innings.
Gallaudet will host the Bison Baseball Classic this weekend (Feb. 23-25). The Bison will kick things off against Southern Vermont College on Friday, Feb. 23, at 10 a.m. followed by Marymount (Va.) University versus Southern Vermont at 2 p.m. The Bison Classic will feature two games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.