WASHINGTON - The Gallaudet University softball team split a North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) doubleheader with College of Saint Elizabeth here Saturday on a picturesque day at the GU Softball Complex. The Bison (9-13, 3-11 NEAC) took the first game 4-2 before losing the second game 14-5 in six innings to the visiting Eagles (14-17, 5-9 NEAC).
Game 1: Gallaudet 4, St. Elizabeth 2
The third inning was key for both teams as St. Elizabeth scored two runs in the top half to take a 2-1 lead before Gallaudet answered with three runs in the bottom of the frame to take a two-run lead it would not relinquish.
The Eagles scored two runs on Allie Jenkins double through the right side of the infield that plated runners from second and third base. Jenkins was left stranded on third base as GU got the final two outs of the inning.
In the bottom of the third inning, Gallaudet sophomore Jordan Hogan (Severn, Md.) doubled to left-center field to place runners on second and third with no one out. Senior Kate Fetzer (Noblesville, Ind.) reached on a fielder's choice as junior Adele Fass (Brooklyn, N.Y.) raced home to tie the game at 2-2. Sophomore Kelsey Hudson (Blissfield, Mich.) singled as Fetzer moved to second base. The pair then moved up a stolen base and bad throw as Fetzer scored GU's third run. Hudson later scored on a squeeze bunt by sophomore Alyssa Barlow (Chandler, Ariz.).
The two-run lead would be all Barlow (4-2) would need in the circle as she pitched a complete game. The righty allowed two runs on six hits, walked one and struck out two.
Marielis Alicea (5-6) took the loss for the Eagles as she allowed four runs on four hits, walked three and struck out one.
Barlow got things started for the Bison at the plate with a triple to right-center field in the bottom of the first inning to plate Hogan.
Game 2: St. Elizabeth 14, Gallaudet 5 (F/6)
St. Elizabeth jumped all over senior Anna Lynch (Falls Church, Va.) in the first inning as the visitors scored six runs before Lynch could get the second out. She faced six batters and only got one batter out before making way for Hogan. Lynch surrendered a two-run home run to Danesha Triplett, walked Alyssabel Garcia before the switch was made. Hogan's first batter she allowed a home run to Christina Scolaro to left-center field as the Eagles led 6-0.
Sophomore Genesis Rodriguez (San Antonio, Texas) singled in Fetzer in the bottom of the first inning to cut the St. Elizabeth lead to five, 6-1.
St. Elizabeth scored runs in every inning but the fourth as the Eagles scored twice in the second and third before adding a run in the fifth and three in the sixth to force the eight-run mercy rule.
Gallaudet plated two runs in the fourth and fifth innings but it wasn't enough to complete the sweep on Saturday.
Senior Raquel Grindstaff (New Market, Md.) homered in the fourth inning and Barlow tripled home a run in the fifth to highlight GU's four-run spurt.
Lynch (0-1) took the loss, in her first start of the season, as she allowed five runs on two hits and walked two in the third of an inning she pitched. Hogan pitched the remainder of the game where she allowed nine runs on 12 hits, walked none and struck out four.
Rachael Romer (4-5) earned the win as she allowed one run on two hits in three innings of work.
- Barlow tripled in both games and finished 2-for-4, two runs and two RBI in the doubleheader
- Hudson continues her hot streak at the plate as she went 3-for-6, two runs, triple
- Hudson's triple in the first game was her third straight triple in as many games
- GU has tallied six triples in the past five games
- Grindstaff's home run was the first of her career
- The 14 runs allowed in the second game tie the most given up by the Bison in a single game this season
- GU split the season series with St. Elizabeth, 2-2
- The Bison defeated the Eagles, 7-6 in eight innings, on April 3 but lost the second road game, 7-5
Gallaudet remains at home and will host Penn St.-Abington (15-15, 7-7 NEAC) for two conference games tomorrow (Sunday, April 24) at noon.