WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University softball team was swept Sunday afternoon by visiting Wesley College 7-0 and 8-0 but not after making some program history by turning a triple play in the first game.
The Wolverines (14-1) scored an early run due to a Bison fielding error but two batters later it was Wesley who hit into a triple play. Nina Marcano stepped to the plate with runners on first and second base and no outs. Marcano hit a ground ball to junior shortstop Kate Fetzer (Noblesville, Ind.) who tagged out the runner going to third base for the first out. Fetzer then threw out the batter at first base for the second out. Bison first baseman Carmel Smolik (Charlotte, N.C.) then threw over to third baseman Emily Forsberg (Riverside, Calif.) to catch the runner going from first to third base for the final out and to complete the rare triple play.
Wesley played stellar defense behind starting pitcher Lindsay Siok (6-1), who combined with Destiny Davis, on the one-hit shutout. Steph Caracozza paced the Wesley offense with a 3-for-3 performance at the plate with two doubles, three runs and one RBI. Shortstop Morgan Seymour drove in three runs, scored once and a had a double.
Fetzer had an infield hit in the third inning for the Bison (2-12). Freshman Alyssa Barlow (Chandler, Ariz.) took the loss in the circle as she allowed seven runs (six earned) on 10 hits and five walks.
In the second game, Wesley built a 3-0 lead after two innings and later extended the lead to eight with runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings. Fetzer (0-2) took the loss for the Bison as she allowed eight runs (seven earned) on 12 hits, five walks and struck out seven batters. Fetzer had two Gallaudet's five hits in the loss including a lead-off triple in the sixth inning but couldn't score as the Bison went down in order from there.
Barlow and senior Elena Ciccarelli (Whitesboro, N.Y.) doubled to right field during the game, while junior Anna Lynch (Falls Church, Va.) singled through the left side of the infield and stole second but was unable to advance before the end of the fifth.
Wesley starting pitcher Lily Engel (8-0) recorded a five-hit shutout on one walk and three strikeouts to earn her eighth win of the season.
GU has now lost 10 straight games which includes an 0-6 showing in Florida during Spring Break last week.
The Bison will face Trinity Washington University tomorrow (Monday, March 23) in a doubleheader at the GU Softball Complex at 3 p.m.