WASHINGTON - The Gallaudet University baseball team began its 2019 season in style as the Bison swept University of Valley Forge on an unseasonably warm Friday afternoon at Hoy Field.
The Bison (2-0) combined to score 33 runs on 28 hits (11 extra-base hits) en route to 21-3 and 12-3 wins over the Patriots (0-2).
Game 1: Gallaudet 21, Valley Forge 3
It took Gallaudet some time to find its groove in the first game of the season as the visiting Patriots scored twice in the top of the first inning, which lasted 21 minutes, as Bison starting pitcher Austin Sliva-Wynne (Richmond, Texas) threw close to 50 pitches in the opening frame.
GU's offense came alive in the third inning with two runs, to tie the game, before the doors got blown off in the fourth through sixth innings as the Bison combined to score 19 runs.
Junior second baseman Frank Diaz (Far Rockaway, N.Y.) and senior first baseman Ryan Gilbert (Mount Dora, Fla.) came through with two-run hits in the seven-run fourth inning. Diaz, who finished 3-for-3 (four runs, five RBI), singled to right field to plate two runners. Two batters later, Gilbert smacked a triple to center field to score Diaz and freshman outfielder Billy Sowers (Woodland Hills, Calif.).
Junior third baseman Winston Lane (Brooklyn Center, Minn.) flexed his muscle in the sixth when he launched a home run to left field as the ball cleared the fence and dinged off the newly installed light pole. Lane's blast brought home three runs in the 10-run inning.
GU had six batters tally two or more hits, runs and four had three or more RBI. Diaz and Sowers led the way with five RBI.
Sliva-Wynne (1-0) earned the win as he went five strong innings where he allowed two runs on five hits, walked three and struck out six. Junior Robersy Delgado (Tampa, Fla.) came in to pitch the final two innings where he surrendered one run on two hits, walked one and struck out one.
Valley Forge starting pitcher Joseph Aguiar (0-1) took the loss as he coughed up eight runs (six earned) on nine hits, walked three and struck out three in 3.1 innings pitched.
Game 2: Gallaudet 12, Valley Forge 3
The Bison picked up where they left off in the first game and proceeded to score a run in every inning.
Gallaudet recorded two RBI triples in the first inning hit by Gilbert and junior catcher Matt Scuderi (Jensen Beach, Fla.) as the Bison led 3-0 early on.
The Bison went on to score twice in the third and four times in the fifth and additional runs in the second, fourth and sixth.
Gilbert (2-for-4, two runs) and senior shortstop Cameron Upton (Vicksburg, Miss.) led the way with three RBI, a triple, double and at least two runs scored each. Upton finished a home run shy of the cycle as he went 4-for-4 with three runs scored. Scuderi added two hits and RBI.
Freshman Shea Sliva-Wynne (Richmond, Texas) earned his first collegiate victory on the mound as he went six innings where he allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits, walked one and struck out three. Sowers closed out the game in the seventh as the light of the day faded behind the depressingly drab clouds.
Valley Forge pitcher Zachary Nunnery (0-1) took the loss as he gave up 10 runs (eight earned) on nine hits, six walks and four strikeouts in 4.1 innings.
- Gilbert and Sowers ended the day with six RBI each
- Upton went 5-for-6, five runs, four RBI, four stolen bases and one walk in the doubleheader
- This is the third straight year the Bison have begun the season with a sweep of Valley Forge
Gallaudet is next slated to host the Bison Baseball Classic, a four-team, three-day tournament, at Hoy Field on Feb. 22-24 with two games each day at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. GU will square off with Stevenson University on Friday, Feb. 22, at 10 a.m.