CLERMONT, Fla. – The Gallaudet University softball team wrapped up its Spring Break schedule under the lights at Legends Way Ball Fields on Wednesday night. The Bison lost two games to National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) teams by the eight-run mercy rule in five innings. Mount Vernon Nazarene University defeated the Bison 11-2 before University of Rio Grande dispatched the Buff and Blue by nine runs, 12-3.
Junior shortstop Kate Fetzer (Noblesville, Ind.) scored both runs for the Bison in the loss to Mount Vernon Nazarene (3-6). Fetzer and junior Carmel Smolik (Charlotte, N.C.) led the offense with two hits each. Senior Montana Murphy (Simi Valley, Calif.) came through with a RBI double in the fifth. Freshman Alyssa Barlow (Chandler, Ariz.) took the loss in the circle as she allowed nine runs on 11 hits, walked two and struck out three in three innings.
Hannah Shaffer blasted two home runs for the Cougars as she went 3-for-3 at the plate and drove in six runs.
Rio Grande (5-4) put the game away quickly as it scored six runs in the first and four in the second as it built a 12-0 lead before the Bison (2-10) scored twice in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Murphy (0-5) was the starting pitcher as she allowed 10 runs (nine earned) on six hits and four walks before getting pulled in the second inning. Fetzer pitched the rest of the game as she tallied four strikeouts. Freshman Kristi Luna (Austin, Texas) had two of the team's six hits and scored one run. Junior Olivia Stein (Tucson, Ariz.) added a double in the loss.
Rio Grande had four different players record two or more hits led by Jessi Robinson's three hits, two RBI and a run scored.
Gallaudet returns home this weekend and will host NCAA Division III foe Wesley College (10-1) in a non-conference doubleheader on Sunday, March 22, at 1 p.m. GU and Wesley were originally scheduled to play this doubleheader back on Feb. 22 but was postponed due to snow.