MORRISTOWN, N.J. – The Gallaudet University softball team celebrated its first North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) win of the season here Sunday with an extra-inning 7-6 win in eight innings against the College of St. Elizabeth in the first game of two. In the second game, GU (7-5, 1-3 NEAC) built a 5-0 lead before the Eagles (8-9, 1-1) scored seven times in the bottom of the sixth to win 7-5.
Game 1: Gallaudet 7, St. Elizabeth 6
The Bison started the second day of NEAC play strong at the plate with 12 hits in the eight-inning game. Lead-off hitter Jordan Hogan (Severn, Md.) singled to the shortstop and sophomore Kelsey Hudson (Blissfield, Mich.) stepped up to the plate coming off a good day on Saturday. Hudson doubled to left center, placing herself and Hogan at second and third base when a wild pitch was thrown, giving Hogan the chance to score the first run of the game. When senior Kate Fetzer (Noblesville, Ind.) came in to bat, all she had to do was put the ball into play to score Hudson, giving the Bison a 2-0 lead in the first inning.
By the bottom of the fourth inning the Eagles scored six runs, giving them a 6-3 lead over the Bison.
In the sixth, senior Anna Lynch (Falls Church, Va.) walked with one out to get the inning started. When Fetzer stepped up to the plate, the bases were loaded, drove in two runs on a double to center field. The Bison were down by one, 6-5, when sophomore Alyssa Barlow (Chandler, Ariz.) came up to bat. She singled to right field, bringing in the tying run before the rally ended.
Both teams couldn't win the game in the seventh as extra innings were needed.
Hogan (3-1) played her part on defense as well as offense, pitching the entire game and allowing only six runs on nine hits. She faced 37 batters while walking only four and striking out six.
Game 2: St. Elizabeth 7, Gallaudet 5
Gallaudet picked up where it left off in the first game by scoring two quick runs in the second game of the doubleheader. The visiting Bison added three runs in the top of the fifth, highlighted by a two-run double by Barlow, to take a 5-0 lead.
GU kept rolling as it started out the second game, taking an early lead and advancing their score to 5-0 by the fifth inning with a double and two RBI from Barlow.
Thing unraveled for Gallaudet in the bottom of the sixth when the leadoff batter reached due to a Bison fielding error. After a quick sacrifice bunt, the runner on second base scored on a RBI single. GU recorded the second out when Fetzer struck out her sixth Eagle with runners on first and second base and Gallaudet holding a 5-1 lead. Fetzer walked the bases loaded to set the stage for Sharolin Sanders, who singled to right field as all three runners scored. Sanders scored the game-tying run on a Marielis Alicea single. Rachael Romer singled to center field to plate two runs and give the Eagles a 7-5 lead.
GU went down in order in the seventh as the two teams split the NEAC doubleheader.
Fetzer (2-3) allowed seven unearned runs on seven hits, four walks and struck out six. Romer (3-4) won the game as she surrendered five runs (four earned) on nine hits and struck out six in seven innings.
- Fetzer went a combined 5-for-9 with two doubles and four RBI
- Barlow went 4-for-8 with two doubles and three RBI
- Hogan went 3-for-9 with a double, RBI and scored four runs
- Senior Raquel Grindstaff (New Market, Md.) and sophomore Genesis Rodriguez (San Antonio, Texas) had two hits each
- Four other Bison had one hit in the doubleheader
- Gallaudet had 21 hits combined in the two games
Gallaudet will return home to host Catholic University of America in a doubleheader on Thursday, April 7, at 3 p.m.