WASHINGTON - The Gallaudet University softball team ran past the competition here Saturday as the Bison secured two victories. GU shut out Christendom College, 11-0 in five innings, as the Bison only allowed one hit to begin the day. Gallaudet walked off against SUNY Delhi, 8-7, in its second game on the day with a comeback win in the seventh inning.
Gallaudet (7-10-1) broke a five-game losing streak with their win against Christendom (1-3) and earned their second walk-off victory of the season as they defeated SUNY Delhi (1-1). The Bison stole 19 bases in the two games.
Gallaudet 11, Christendom 0 (F/5)
The Bison ran wild on the Christendom Crusaders as they stole 13 bases and only got caught once. GU was able to set the table as it stole bases to get into scoring position. The method paid off in the four innings Gallaudet scored runs. GU broke open the game with six runs in the fourth.
Gallaudet was the visiting team in the game and batted first. GU scored a run in the first and second innings before the big fourth inning. Seven Bison batters had at least one hit in the win.
The Bison were led by senior pitcher Jordan Hogan (Severn, Md.) who pitched a complete game 1-hit shutout to secure her fourth win this season. Hogan (4-5) had two strikeouts and no walks in the win. Christendom had a bloop single in the fourth inning to break-up the no-hit bid by Hogan.
Gallaudet 8, SUNY Delhi 7
GU won the game in the bottom of the seventh when freshman Farrah Harmount (Union City, Calif.) singled through the left side of the infield to knock in junior shortstop Courtney Thomas (Yorkville, Ill.).
Courtney Thomas led off the seventh with an infield single and stole second base. Senior catcher Adele Fass (Brooklyn, N.Y.) laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance Courtney Thomas to third base, which allowed her to score the game-winning run on the next hit.
The Bison got off to a slow start as they gave up four runs in the first inning and two runs in the second. GU trailed the Broncos 6-3 after two innings.
GU showed perseverance and held the Broncos scoreless for the next four innings.
Gallaudet was able to take advantage of three Bronco errors and score three runs to take the lead, 7-6, in the fifth inning.
However, the Broncos refused to quit battling and tied the game at seven in the top of the seventh. Pitcher Alexandria Forkey singled to score third basemen Yuka Matsumoto from second base.
Gallaudet's comeback was led by sophomore pitcher Darriyan Thomas, who replaced Hogan in the fifth inning, as she picked up her first collegiate victory in the circle.
- The Bison combined for 18 hits in Saturday's games
- Four different Bison scored two runs each in the Christendom game
- The Bison racked up three multi-base hits
- Darriyan Thomas went 4-for-7 at the plate and scored three runs for the Bison
- SUNY Delhi defeated Christendom 5-0 in the other game on Saturday
The second day of the tri-tournament continues for Gallaudet, Christendom and SUNY Delhi tomorrow (Sunday, March 26). There will be games at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. at the GU Softball Complex. GU will face SUNY Delhi at 1 p.m. and Christendom at 3 p.m.