COBLESKILL, N.Y. - Gallaudet University picked up its first two North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) wins of the season here Friday with wins over SUNY Cobleskill. Gallaudet (9-23, 2-9 NEAC) scored two runs in the eighth inning to defeat the Fighting Tigers (11-15, 6-5 NEAC) in the first game, 5-3. In the second game, GU scored five times in the seventh en route to a 7-4 win.
In the top of the third inning of the first game, senior Cameron Upton (Vicksburg, Miss.) singled to set the new program record for career hits. Upton surpasses William Bissell (2010-14), who had 206 career hits.
Game 1: Gallaudet 5, SUNY Cobleskill 3 (F/8)
GU trailed early in the first game before the buff and blue took a 3-2 lead in the top of the sixth inning. Sophomore Darren Drolsbaugh (Lansdale, Pa.) singled home freshman Josh Dugan (San Antonio, Texas), who walked and advanced on a wild pitch and sacrifice bunt.
The Bison were two outs away from closing out the first game in seven innings but the Fighting Tigers tied it up on a RBI single by Eddy Garcia. SUNY Cobleskill loaded the bases with two outs but a ground out ended the inning as the game went to extra frames.
In the top of the eighth, Gallaudet scored two times to take back the lead and eventually earn its first conference win of the season.
Junior Austin Altman (Irvine, Calif.) led off the inning with a double and advanced to third base on a sacrifice bunt. Junior Connor Rosko (Austin, Texas) squeezed home Altman on a sacrifice bunt as GU led 4-3. Freshman Billy Sowers (Woodland Hills, Calif.) and junior Gilwon Seo (Hongseong, South Korea) singled, back-to-back, to set the table for Upton. The senior, who took over pitching duties in the seventh, helped his own cause with a RBI single as Sowers scored the team's fifth run.
Upton retired the side in order in the bottom of the eighth to record his first win of the season.
SUNY Cobleskill reliever Kristopher Bullman (2-2) took the loss as he allowed two runs on four hits in the eighth. The relief appearance spoiled the strong start made by Daniel Wade, who threw seven innings and surrendered three runs on six hits, walked four and struck out two.
Game 2: Gallaudet 7, SUNY Cobleskill 4
In the second game, GU struck first with a run in the first inning before the teams traded runs, leads and broke one tie.
The Fighting Tigers plated two runs in the bottom of the fifth off Drolsbaugh (2-2), GU's starting pitcher, to take a 4-2 lead.
That two-run lead stood until the seventh inning when Gallaudet scored five times to regain the lead for good. GU scored five runs on four hits and took advantage of three Fighting Tigers' errors in the field along with one balk, one wild pitch and one passed ball.
GU had four different batters with two or more hits, led by Altman's 3-for-5 performance with a double. The top five batters in Gallaudet's line-up scored at least one run and recorded at least one hit.
Nate Carinci led the host Fighting Tigers with two RBI doubles in the second and fifth innings.
Drolsbaugh earned his second win of the season as he allowed four runs on 11 hits, walked five and struck out two in the nine-inning complete game.
Tim Curtis (2-2) took the loss as he allowed five runs (two earned) on nine hits, two walks and two strikeouts in six innings.
Gallaudet will complete its three-game series with SUNY Cobleskill tomorrow (Saturday, April 20) at 3 p.m.