WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University softball team completed a doubleheader sweep over Notre Dame of Maryland University here Wednesday at the sun-drenched GU Softball Complex. The Bison won the first game in walk-off fashion scoring the game's only run in the bottom of the seventh followed by a 12-4 win in five innings via the eight-run mercy rule in the second game.
Game 1: Gallaudet 1, Notre Dame 0
After six innings and 10 runners left on base, the Bison finally scored the first and only run of the game in the bottom of the seventh. With one out and runners on second and third, sophomore Genesis Rodriguez (San Antonio, Texas) knocked the ball through the infield, as sophomore Jordan Hogan (Severn, Md.) raced home to win the 1-0 game.
Sophomore pitcher Alyssa Barlow (Chandler, Ariz.) played an important role in keeping the Gators scoreless as she dominated the circle. Barlow struck out seven batters, walked one, and allowed for only one hit in the seven-inning game. The Gators led-off the game with a double and were hitless the rest of the game.
Game 2: Gallaudet 12, Notre Dame 4
The Bison offense started strong out of the gates in the second game. A triple from senior Kate Fetzer (Noblesville, Ind.) was the highlight of the first inning as the Bison scored eight runs on six hits and three walks. In the second inning, sophomore Kelsey Hudson (Blissfield, Mich.) stepped up to the plate with bases loaded and two outs. She knocked in all three runners with a triple to center field to put the Bison up 11-0 before the end of the inning.
The Gators (2-4) attempted their comeback in the top of the third, scoring four runs on three hits and two errors on the Bison defense, but were not fortunate enough to keep up the momentum for the rest of the game.
- Sophomore Emily Walters (Gillette, Wyo.) went a combined 5-for-7 with two doubles
- Hogan went 4-for-7 with two RBI while Rodriguez went 3-for-7 with two RBI
- Hudson was 3-for-3 in the second game with four RBI
- Gallaudet had 19 hits combined
- Six different Bison players scored two or more runs in the doubleheader
Gallaudet will have more than a week off until they travel to Pennsylvania to face North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) opponent Penn St.-Abington on Saturday, April 2, in a doubleheader at 1 p.m.