FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Gallaudet University baseball team dropped a doubleheader here Sunday at Terry Park to Saint Michael's College to begin its Spring Break trip in Florida.
This was the season opener for the Purple Knights (2-0). The Bison (5-10) dropped the first game 7-2 and the second game 5-2.
Game 1: Saint Michael's 7, Gallaudet 2
The Purple Knights scored the game's first five runs before Gallaudet got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Junior Matt Scuderi (Jensen Beach, Fla.) doubled home senior Ryan Gilbert (Mount Dora, Fla.), who started the frame with his own double. Senior Cameron Upton (Vicksburg, Miss.) singled before the Bison grounded into a double play. Scuderi then scored Gilbert (2-for-3, one run) with his hit.
GU added a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh to cap the scoring.
Junior pitcher Robersy Delgado (Tampa, Fla.) took the loss on the mound as he allowed six runs (two earned) on eight hits, one walk and one strikeout.
Dante Moran led the Purple Knights offense going 4-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI. Zach Rodgers (1-0) picked up the win as he went six innings where he allowed one run on four hits, one walk and six strikeouts.
Game 2: Saint Michael's 5, Gallaudet 2
Freshman Shea Sliva-Wynne (Richmond, Texas) delivered a two-run single in the seventh inning to plate Gallaudet's two runs after Saint Michael's scored the game's first five runs.
Iset Maldonado singled home two runs in the three-run first inning. Moran (2-for-3, two runs, two doubles) doubled in the fourth and later scored on a Harrison Stampler single in the fourth.
GU was held to four hits, two coming from junior Winston Lane III (Brooklyn Center, Minn.).
Moran (1-0) did it all as he pitched the Purple Knights to the win as he went 6.2 innings and allowed two runs on four hits, walked two and struck out one. Cameron Cuellar came in to strikeout the final batter to get the save.
Sophomore Austin Sliva-Wynne (Richmond, Texas) pitched a complete game as he surrendered five runs (three earned) on six hits, one walk and struck out seven.
Gallaudet will face Old Westbury on Monday, March 18, at the Player Development Complex.