WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University softball team suffered their first losses of the season, losing both games of a doubleheader here Sunday against Franklin & Marshall College by the final scores of 14-4 and 7-0. The Diplomats (2-0) threw a no-hitter against the Bison (4-2) in the second game.
Game 1: Franklin & Marshall 14, Gallaudet 4
The Bison immediately jumped on the scoreboard in the first inning when sophomore Genesis Rodriguez (San Antonio, Texas) singled to left field, bringing home senior Kate Fetzer (Noblesville, Ind.) and sophomore Jordan Hogan (Severn, Md.). Rodriguez would eventually score three batters later. Rodriguez would come up with another RBI-single one inning later, scoring Fetzer and staking the Bison to an early 4-0 lead after two.
The Diplomats' bats came to life starting with two runs in the third and a two-run home run in the fourth. Franklin & Marshall added another two-run home run as a part of its five runs in the fifth and another five-spot in the sixth inning. The Bison would only get one more baserunner following the second inning on a dropped fly ball by Franklin & Marshall's second baseman in the sixth as the Diplomats would end the game via eight-run mercy rule after the sixth inning.
Hogan (1-1) took her first loss of the season as she pitched a complete game, surrendering 15 hits, 14 runs (nine earned) and walked two batters.
Game 2: Franklin & Marshall 7, Gallaudet 0
No team crossed home plate until the Diplomats finally pushed three runs across in the fourth and the fifth innings and added one more run for insurance in the seventh.
Franklin & Marshall sophomore starting pitcher Katie Wenger (1-0) handcuffed the Bison batters, mowing them down at will. Wenger only permitted four baserunners to reach base (two errors, one walk and one hit by pitch) and did not allow anybody past second base in the no-hit shutout.
Fetzer (2-1) went the distance for the Bison where she allowed seven runs (six earned) on 12 hits,walked two and struck out five in seven innings.
- Rodriguez recorded her third multi-hit game of the season
- Rodriguez had a career-high three RBI in the first game
- Fetzer has struck out at least five batters in all three starts this season
- Franklin & Marshall pitchers struck out a combined 12 Bison batters
- The last time Gallaudet was no-hit was on March 29, 2015 (vs. Penn St.-Abington)
Gallaudet is off for the next two weeks before returning to the field to host Notre Dame of Maryland University in a doubleheader on Wednesday, March 23.