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Gallaudet season comes to a close, Bison say farewell to three seniors

Gallaudet season comes to a close, Bison say farewell to three seniors

MORRISTOWN, N.J. - The Gallaudet University softball team ended its season Sunday on the road against College of St. Elizabeth and lost both North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) games, 12-5 and 9-3.

The Bison (4-33 1-19 NEAC) completed a home-and-home weekend series with the Screaming Eagles (13-23, 7-13 NEAC) as St. Elizabeth won all four games.

In the first game, the Screaming Eagles erased an 1-0 GU lead in the bottom of the second inning with five runs on five hits. Gallaudet began to chip away at the St. Elizabeth lead as it scored one run in the third and three runs in the fourth. Freshman Amanda Camacho (San Jose, Calif.) singled home a run to start the three-run frame. Sophomore Adele Fass (Brooklyn, N.Y.) followed with a RBI single and a Screaming Eagle error allowed a third run to score.

St. Elizabeth responded with two runs in the bottom of the fourth and put the game away with a five-run sixth inning.

Senior Montana Murphy (Simi Valley, Calif.) took the loss in the first game as she pitched five innings and allowed nine runs on 11 hits, walked two and struck out two. Freshman Kristi Luna (Austin, Texas) pitched one inning where she allowed three runs on four hits, walked one and racked up two strikeouts.

St. Elizabeth pitcher Alexandria Garcia (6-8) won the game as she allowed five runs on 10 hits and one strikeout.

The Bison got off to a quick start in the second game when junior Chelsea Lee (South Brunswick, N.J.) blasted a solo home run to center field. The lead was brief as St. Elizabeth scored two runs in the bottom of the first and added three runs in the second. 

GU scored two more runs in the third as Lee came through a two-run single to left field to cut the margin to 5-3. The Screaming Eagles added four more runs, two coming off home runs by Valerie Lasko and Alyssabel Garcia, who slammed two home runs on Saturday against the Bison.

Freshman Alyssa Barlow (Chandler, Ariz.) took the loss as she allowed nine runs on 11 hits, walked two and struck out four as she logged six innings.

Today marks the conclusion of four-year careers for three Bison seniors; Murphy, Elena Ciccarelli (Whitesboro, N.Y.) and Mia Fernandez (Artesia, N.M.).

Murphy has pitched a total of 75 of 91 games played in her career as a Bison as she recorded 52 complete games, won 14 games, pitched 376 innings and struck out 155 batters. At the plate, she batted .250 in 52 at-bats, had 13 hits, two doubles, one home run (this season), seven RBI, .391 on base percentage and .346 slugging percentage.

Ciccarelli played in 130 games where she tallied a .216 batting average, .280 on base percentage, .294 slugging percentage, 67 hits, 55 runs, 33 RBI, 13 doubles, four triples, one home run and 20 stolen bases in 310 at-bats. In the field, she posted a .939 fielding percentage in the outfield where she made 175 putouts, 25 assists and helped in three double plays.

Fernandez played in 135 games where she recorded a .261 batting average, .335 on base percentage, and .326 slugging percentage, 92 hits, 21 doubles, one triple, 64 RBI, 41 runs and six stole bases in 353 at-bats. In the field, she posted a .894 fielding percentage with 221 putouts, 141 assists and helped to turn eight double plays.