ABINGTON, Pa. – The Gallaudet University softball team opened up North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) play here Saturday, on the road, against Penn St.-Abington and were swept 3-1 and 7-0.
Game 1: Penn St.-Abington 3, Gallaudet 1
The Bison started the first inning taking advantage of a Nittany Lions error. Senior Kate Fetzer (Noblesville, Ind.) led things off by reaching first base off an error by the pitcher. Two batters later, sophomore Jordan Hogan (Severn, Md.) knocked the ball to the outfield and brought Fetzer home as the center fielder mishandled the ball. The Bison were unable to score for the rest of the game as they had only four hits in the seven-inning game.
Fetzer (2-2) took the loss as she pitched the entire game, striking out two batters. The Nittany Lions scored three runs on five hits and three walks.
Game 2: Penn St.-Abington 7, Gallaudet 0
The Nittany Lions (6-8, 2-0 NEAC) came back in the second game, recording runs early in the first inning and again in the third on a two-run home run. Penn St.-Abington got another break in the bottom of the sixth inning as the Bison (6-4, 0-2 NEAC) committed three straight errors allowing the Nittany Lions to score three of their four runs of the inning.
The Bison got only four hits, again, two from sophomore Kelsey Hudson (Blissfield, Mich.), who hit a double in the first inning and a triple in the top of the sixth. Unfortunately, neither hit drove in a run for the Bison.
Barlow (2-1) took her first loss of the season as she pitched a complete game, allowing seven runs (three earned) on six hits and one walk. Barlow also struck out four batters, her second highest this season.
- Hudson went a combined 3-for-6 with a single, double and triple
- Senior Anna Lynch (Falls Church, Va.) had a hit in each game
- Junior Adele Fass (Brooklyn, New York) had a hit and a sacrifice bunt
- Senior Raquel Grindstaff (New Market, Md.) and sophomore Genesis Rodriguez (San Antonio, Texas) each had a hit
Gallaudet will travel to Morristown, N.J., to face NEAC opponent College of Saint Elizabeth in a NEAC doubleheader tomorrow (Sunday, April 3) at 1 p.m.