WASHINGTON - Gallaudet University's bid to make the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) baseball tournament playoffs took a major hit Saturday afternoon as the Bison dropped a conference doubleheader to Penn College at a blustery and sun-filled Hoy Field. The visiting Wildcats (10-19, 7-6 NEAC) won 10-5 and 23-9 over the Bison (9-26, 2-12 NEAC).
Gallaudet entered Saturday's doubleheader needing to win its final six conference games to get into the playoff picture. The Bison are now tied for last with Cazenovia College (4-20, 2-12 NEAC) in the conference standings. The top six teams in the NEAC standings advance to the playoffs. GU has four conference games left and five teams already have seven or more conference wins.
Game 1: Penn College 10, Gallaudet 5
Penn College scored three runs on two hits and three Bison errors in the top of the first inning to set the tone for the day. The Wildcats led 4-0 early on before the Bison plated three runs in the bottom of the second. Penn College scored the next five runs to increse its lead to 9-3 before the Bison answered with two runs in the bottom of the sixth. The Wildcats tacked on one final run in the top of the seventh.
Penn College starting pitcher Nathan Holt (4-4) threw three wild pitches in the second inning, which led to Gallaudet scoring three runs.
In the sixth inning, Matt Scuderi (Jensen Beach, Fla.) tripled to right field to plate junior Winston Lane III (Brooklyn Center, Minn.). Two batters later, freshman Josh Dugan (San Antonio, Texas) singled to right to bring home Scuderi.
Dugan and senior Cameron Upton (Vicksburg, Miss.) led the Bison offense going 2-for-3 at the plate.
Junior Robersy Delgado (Tampa, Fla.) threw a complete game on the mound for the Bison as he allowed 10 runs (four earned) on eight hits, four walks and one strikeout. The Bison committed six errors in the field.
Holt finished the game with eight strikeouts in his complete game win where he surrendered five runs (two earned) on five hits and no walks.
Game 2: Penn College 23, Gallaudet 9
In the second game, it was Gallaudet who jumped out to an early 3-0 lead as the Bison turned the tables on the Wildcats. Dugan had a clutch two-run single to right field to plate two runs as Upton and Lane III scored. GU then pulled off a double steal to take an early three-run lead.
Gallaudet held the lead until the fourth inning when Penn College pushed across six runs to take a 7-3 lead. The game turned for the worst in the fifth when Gallaudet committed four of its 10 fielding errors and allowed the Wildcats to score 12 runs.
Penn College added four runs in the eighth as it led by 20, 23-3.
Gallaudet got six runs back in the eighth and ninth with back-to-back three-run innings to ruin Penn College reliever Hunter Thomas' bid for a three-inning save. Andrew Gilbert came on to get the last out for the Wildcats.
Dugan had a two-run single in the eighth and junior Austin Altman (Irvine, Calif.) knocked home two runs in the ninth inning with a single to the outfield.
Devon Sanders (2-4) picked up his second win for the Wildcats as he sprinkled three runs on five hits, walked two and struck out two in six innings of work.
Dugan (0-6) took the loss on the bump as he allowed seven runs (six earned) on nine hits and four walks. Freshman Billy Sowers (Woodland Hills, Calif.) came on in relief and coughed up 12 runs (three earned) on five hits, four walks, one hit batter and one strikeout.
- Scuderi threw two scoreless innings of relief in the second game for the Bison
- The Bison scored nine runs in the second game, the second most runs scored in a game in April
- GU's 10 errors in the second game are the most since Gallaudet committed 10 errors against St. Mary's (Md.) College on March 11, 2009
- Gallaudet has tallied 20 errors in the last four games combined
Gallaudet will complete its three-game series with Penn College tomorrow (Sunday, April 28) on Senior Day for the Bison at noon.