WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University softball team swept the University of Valley Forge in the season opener at home on a sunny Sunday afternoon at the GU Softball Complex. GU won both games by the mercy run rule in the fifth inning. Gallaudet (2-0) won 13-5 and 8-0 over the visiting Patriots (0-2)
Game 1: Gallaudet 13, Valley Forge 5
The Bison started hot early in the game as they scored 10 runs in the bottom of the first inning on eight hits, including two doubles from senior Kate Fetzer (Noblesville, Ind.) and junior Adele Fass (Brooklyn, N.Y.). Fass drove in two runners to up the score to 7-0. Fetzer then knocked in Fass. The Bison capitalized on the Patriots errors and overthrows, taking bases and scoring runs.
GU only allowed five runs on eight hits and one error. Sophomore pitcher Jordan Hogan (Severn, Md.) earned the win as she pitched the entire game, striking out four batters and walking only one in her Bison debut. Sophomore Emily Walters (Gillette, Wyo) scored three times on two hits in the first game.
Game 2: Gallaudet 8, Valley Forge 0
Fetzer dominated the circle in the second game, striking out nine batters and allowing only three hits. Six Bison got hits in the second game, including Hogan who tripled to left field and scored on an errant throw to shortstop in the fourth inning. The hit brought home senior Anna Lynch (Falls Church, Va.) and the bad throw allowed Hogan to score to give GU the eight-run margin.
Hogan and senior Raquel Grindstaff (New Market, Md.) had two hits each in the second game against the Patriots. Fass batted in two runners in the second inning, giving her four RBI for the day.
- Hogan went a combined 4-for-7 with three runs scored, one double, one triple and two RBI
- Grindstaff went 4-for-5 with three RBI
- Fass went 3-for-5 with four RBI
- In the second game, eight players scored a run
- Seven players had two or more hits, and scored two or more runs in both games
GU will have the week off to prepare as it hosts Summit (Pa.) University in a doubleheader on Saturday, March 5, at starting at 11:30 a.m.