WASHINGTON – Senior Montana Murphy (Simi Valley, Calif.) stepped to the plate in the bottom of the fourth inning Sunday against Notre Dame of Maryland University and provided the spark needed to help the Gallaudet University softball team to victory.
The 5-foot-5 right-handed batter belted a grand slam to straightaway center field to give GU a 7-5 lead. Murphy's four RBI hit was part of a seven-run fourth as the Bison went on to defeat the Gators, 11-6. The bounce back win came hours after Gallaudet lost 11-3 in six innings to North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) foe SUNY Cobleskill in a non-conference game.
Gallaudet (2-2) split both games during the two-day weekend tournament at the GU Softball Complex against Notre Dame (Md.) and SUNY Cobleskill, the defending NEAC North Division champions. The Fighting Tigers finished with a 3-1 record during the tournament as they defeated the Gators 15-2 in five innings to start things off on Sunday.
Freshman third baseman Kristi Luna (Austin, Texas) went 2-for-4 in the win over the Gators as she had a two-run double in the sixth and a RBI single in the decisive fourth inning. Junior Kate Fetzer (Noblesville, Ind.) finished 2-for-3 at the plate as she started the game with an inside-the-park home run and score twice. Junior first baseman Emily Forsberg (Riverside, Calif.) led the team with three runs scored as she added two of GU's 11 hits.
Freshman pitcher Alyssa Barlow (Chandler, Ariz.) picked up where she left off on Saturday as she threw a complete game. Barlow (2-0) allowed six runs (four earned) on 11 hits, walked four and struck out nine in seven innings pitched.
It was a tie game, 2-2, after three innings in the Cobleskill and Gallaudet game earlier in the day before the Fighting Tigers plated three runs in the fourth. SUNY Cobleskill then scored one run the fifth and added five in the sixth as the game ended an inning early due to the eight-run mercy rule.
Fetzer led the offense with a triple, two runs and stolen base but was the losing pitcher in the circle as she surrendered 11 runs (one earned) on 10 hits, three walks and two strikeouts.
Gallaudet is slated to face McDaniel College on Tuesday, March 10, at 2 p.m. but expected rain may move that game to later in the week. Stay up-to-date on the latest Gallaudet softball schedule by logging onto www.gallaudetathletics.com.