WASHINGTON - Gallaudet University got on the scoreboard first here Saturday in a non-conference baseball game against Franklin & Marshall College at a cold and breezy Hoy Field. The host Bison plated three runs in the bottom of the first but the lead vanished in the third inning as the Diplomats took a 4-3 lead en route to a 21-6 win.
Gallaudet (2-4) struck in the bottom of the first when junior catcher Matt Scuderi (Jensen Beach, Fla.) doubled to right field to plate senior first baseman Ryan Gilbert (Mount Dora, Fla.). Two batters later, sophomore Austin Sliva-Wynne (Richmond, Texas) singled up the middle to bring home senior Cameron Upton (Vicksburg, Miss.) and Scuderi as GU led 3-0.
Franklin & Marshall (3-0) responded with four runs in the top of the third inning. The Diplomats got back-to-back extra-base hits from Dan Marano (3-for-5) and Don DiLoreto (1-for-2), who doubled and tripled, respectively.
The Bison were able to knot the game at 4-4 when freshman Shea Sliva-Wynne (Richmond, Texas) flew out to right field to drive home Upton, who singled to start the inning and later advanced on a passed ball and moved up on a ground out.
The game remained tied until the top of the sixth when the Diplomats broke open the game with four runs. F&M scored an additional six runs in the seventh on a three-run triple and a two-run inside-the-park home run to right field. The visitors added seven more runs in the top of the ninth to take a 21-4 lead.
GU tacked on two runs in the bottom of the ninth to conclude the game.
Jonathan Cole (1-0) earned the win in relief for the Diplomats while Jack Buckley got a three-inning save. Shea Sliva-Wynne started and took the loss for the Bison as he allowed 12 runs (10 earned) on nine hits, six walks and two strikeouts in six innings pitched.
- Gilbert had a RBI single in the ninth to plate freshman Bryan Ramos-Navarro (Springfield, Mass.)
- GU used four pitchers in the nine-inning game
- Upton scored twice
- Gilbert and Austin Sliva-Wynne led the Bison with two hits
Gallaudet will head south tomorrow (Sunday, March 3) to Newport News, Va., to take on No. 7 Christopher Newport University (7-0) in a non-conference game at 1 p.m.