WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University softball team concluded its 2016 season here Sunday with a split against North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) foe Lancaster Bible College at the Softball Complex. The Bison won the first game 3-1 but fell to the Chargers, 11-8, in the second game. Between games, the team recognized four seniors for their hard work and contributions to the Gallaudet softball program.
Game 1: Gallaudet 3, Lancaster Bible 1
Senior Kate Fetzer (Noblesville, Ind.) was in control for her final start in the circle. She pitched a complete game where she only gave up one run on two hits, walked four batters and had four strike outs en route to her third win of the season.
The Chargers were the first to score, but were held to only one run and two hits the entire game.
Gallaudet took the lead in the bottom of the fourth inning when Fetzer helped herself out. She knocked the ball to right field, where the outfielder dropped the fly ball, giving Fetzer the chance to advance to second base as sophomore Alyssa Barlow (Chandler, Ariz.) raced home. As the Chargers tried to catch Fetzer sliding into third, the catcher threw the ball over the third baseman's head, allowing her to score on the same play.
The Bison added another run in the bottom of the sixth inning when senior Chelsea Lee (South Brunswick, N.J.), who made her season debut, scored on a single by sophomore Genesis Rodriguez (San Antonio, Texas).
Rodriguez and senior Raquel Grindstaff (New Market, Md.) led the offense with two hits each. Lee, who had been sideline with an injury, reached base twice, had one hit and scored once.
Game 2: Lancaster Bible 11, Gallaudet 8
Lancaster Bible set the tone early with a run in the first inning thanks to a solo home run. The Bison answered back when sophomores Jordan Hogan (Severn, Md.) and Kelsey Hudson (Blissfield, Mich.) scored in the bottom of the first to take a 2-1 lead.
The Chargers scored once in the second inning, twice in the fourth and once in the fifth inning before the Bison were able to manufacture two runs of their own in the bottom of the fifth starting with a triple from Hudson.
Lancaster Bible scored four more runs in the top of the sixth. GU cut the lead to three, 9-6, in the bottom of the sixth with two runs.
The seventh inning started with two runs from the Chargers before the Bison came to bat in the final inning of the season.
After Hogan singled, Hudson smashed her seventh triple of the season to the outfield to score Hogan. Lee scored Hudson on a RBI ground out in her final at-bat of her career. Barlow singled before Fetzer popped out to end the game.
Barlow (4-4) took the loss in the second game as she started the game and pitched for three innings and allowed four runs (three earned) on nine hits, walked one and struck out one. Hogan came in to relieve Barlow in the top of the fourth inning and allowed seven runs on eight hits, walked three and recorded two strikeouts.
Julia D'Arrigo (7-12) took the win after she lost the first game. She allowed eight runs (six earned) on 12 hits, one walk and struck out one.
- Rodriguez went 4-for-6 for the day and had a RBI
- Nine different Bison had hits today
- Hudson, Hogan and Barlow each recorded a triple in the second game, Barlow also had a double in the first game
- Hudson went 2-for-7, scored three runs and had two RBI
- Hogan scored three times in the second game
- GU went 9-9 at home this season
Four seniors were honored by Gallaudet head coach Joseph Kolcun in between games today.
#3 Kate Fetzer
Fetzer played two years with the Bison softball team where she started in all 51 games she played in. She recorded 37 hits including seven doubles, five triples and a home run. She scored 35 runs and had 24 RBI. She has pitched in 15 games and 73 innings and has struck out a total of 60 batters. In the field, she has had 55 total putouts and 69 assists.
#4 Anna Lynch
Lynch has played four years with the Bison and played in 89 games. She has totaled 51 hits including eight doubles, five triples, has 20 RBI, and scored 35 runs. In the field she has 79 putouts, 10 assists and a fielding percentage of .957 percent.
#8 Raquel Grindstaff
Grindstaff has played with the Bison for two years and started in 36 of the 42 games she played in. She has recorded 26 hits including two doubles and a home run, scored 11 runs and has eight RBI.
#10 Chelsea Lee
Lee, who has been sidelined this season with an injury, has been with the Bison for four years in which she appeared in 69 games. She has totaled 71 hits including nine doubles, five triples, four home runs, 36 RBI and has scored 42 runs. In the field, Lee has 114 total putouts and 133 assists.
Gallaudet concludes the season with a 10-18 overall record and 4-16 mark in the conference. This is the fourth time under the direction of Coach Kolcun that the Bison have won 10 or more games in a season. GU improved six games in the win column and had three more wins in conference play this season. The Bison are slated to return seven of their underclassmen next season.