LANCASTER, Pa. – The Gallaudet University softball team was swept on the road here Saturday against North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) opponent Lancaster Bible College 2-1 in eight innings and 8-5 in the second game.
Game 1: Lancaster Bible 2, Gallaudet 1
It took extra frames before both teams got on the scoreboard after seven scoreless innings between the conference foes.
In the top of the eighth inning, senior Raquel Grindstaff (New Market, Md.) was placed on second base, per international tie-breaker rules, and advanced to third base after sophomore Emily Walters (Gillette, Wyo.) sacrifcied her over. Junior Adele Fass (Brooklyn, N.Y.) was the next Bison to bat but couldn't score Grindstaff as she was thrown out at home as Fass reached first base. Senior Anna Lynch (Falls Church, Va.), followed with two outs, knocked the ball into right field where the fielder made an error. Fass and Lynch were both able to get in scoring position on third and second base, respectively. Sophomore Jordan Hogan (Severn, Md.) reached on an error by the third baseman as Fass raced home to give GU the 1-0 lead. Sophomore Kelsey Hudson (Blissfield, Mich.) lined out to the pitcher to end the inning.
Unfortunately, the Bison couldn't keep the one-run lead. With two runners on base, Julia D'Arrigo hit her 13th double of the season, scoring both runners to end the game in the bottom of the eighth.
Senior Kate Fetzer (Noblesville, Ind.) took the loss as she pitched the entire game. Fetzer (2-5) allowed two unearned runs on three hits, walked three and struck out five of the 24 batters she faced.
Game 2: Lancaster Bible 8, Gallaudet 5
The Chargers (13-14, 4-6 NEAC) came off their extra-inning comeback win and picked up where they left off scoring a run in the bottom of the first and three runs in the second.
GU (7-9, 1-7 NEAC) was held scoreless for the first three innings before plating two runs in the fourth.
The Bison trailed 5-2 heading into the sixth inning when the buff and blue battled back to tie the game at 5-5.
Lancaster Bible responded in the bottom half of the sixth with a three-run home run off the bat of Courtney Koser as the Chargers took the lead back for good, 8-5.
Hogan began the game in the circle and pitched three innings where she allowed five runs (two earned) on six hits and one walk. Sophomore Alyssa Barlow (Chandler, Ariz.) came in to relieve Hogan and took the loss as she allowed three runs on six hits and one strikeout in the final three innings of play.
- Hudson, Hogan, Barlow and sophomore Genesis Rodriguez (San Antonio, Texas) each went 2-for-7 in the doubleheader
- Hudson, Hogan and Fass each had a RBI
- Fass was the only Bison to score in both games
The Bison will remain in Pennsylvania as they travel to Reading tomorrow (Sunday, April 17) to face Penn St.-Berks (20-3, 10-0 NEAC) in a conference doubleheader at noon.