WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University softball team endured two tough North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) losses on Saturday afternoon to visiting Lancaster Bible College, 12-2 in six innings and 9-0 in five innings.
Lancaster Bible (6-10, 4-4 NEAC) opened the game with a home run by third baseman Julia D'Arrigo. Gallaudet (4-19, 1-5 NEAC) quickly responded, with sophomore Adele Fass (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and junior Chelsea Lee (South Brunswick, N.J.) scoring to give the Bison their only lead of the game, 2-1 after one inning. Lancaster Bible took the lead in the fourth as they scored four runs on four hits. The Chargers went on to score three runs in the fifth and sixth innings to end the game early due to the eight-run mercy rule.
Freshman pitcher Alyssa Barlow (Chandler, Ariz.) took the loss as the Chargers were able to score 12 runs (eight earned) off 13 hits, three walks, four strike outs, and four errors by the Bison defense. GU had nine hits in the loss as seven of nine starters had a hit and the Bison left eight runners on base.
Three different Chargers had three RBI as Emily Coffman (2-3) picked up the win in the circle as she allowed two unearned runs on nine hits, three walks and she struck out three in six innings pitched.
In the second game, GU was unable to score as the Chargers put runs on the board every inning as the game ended, 9-0, after five innings. Barlow and senior center fielder Elena Ciccarelli (Whitesboro, N.Y.) were the only Bison to have hits in the game. Senior pitcher Montana Murphy (Simi Valley, Calif.) took the loss as she allowed nine run (six earned) on eight hits as GU made three errors in the field.
Kelsey Collins (4-4) picked up the win as she struck out four batters, walked one and only allowed for two Bison hits. Collins also recorded two home runs in back-to-back innings in the second game.
The Bison will return to the GU Softball Complex tomorrow (Sunday) to host Penn St.-Berks (7-9, 6-4 NEAC) in a NEAC doubleheader at noon.