MORRISTOWN, N.J. - The Gallaudet University softball team wrapped up its 2017 season here Saturday with a sweep of College of Saint Elizabeth in a North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) doubleheader. The Bison (16-23-1, 7-13 NEAC) won the first game 12-10 and the second game 16-13 over the Eagles (7-29, 4-16 NEAC).
Game 1: Gallaudet 12, St. Elizabeth 10
The Bison jumped out to early lead over the Eagles and slowly added to their lead over the course of the game.
GU had a comfortable 9-3 lead in the sixth inning after scoring one run in the second, one run in the third and two runs sixth. The Eagles stormed back in the bottom of the sixth with three runs to cut Gallaudet's lead in half.
The Bison responded quickly with three more runs in seventh to double its lead, 12-6. The Eagles refused to quit and rallied to score four runs in the seventh before Gallaudet could end the game.
Junior Alyssa Barlow (Chandler, Ariz.) led the Bison from the batters box as she went 4-for-5, two doubles, scored one run and drove in five runs. Senior catcher Adele Fass (Brooklyn, N.Y.) went 3-for-4, scored once and drove in two runs and hit a double.
Gallaudet had six different batters record two or more hits in the win.
Barlow (6-8) earned the win in the circle as she allowed 10 runs (nine earned) on 12 hits, three walks and one strikeout in seven innings.
Game 2: Gallaudet 16, St. Elizabeth 13
Gallaudet broke open a 3-3 game in the sixth inning with nine runs. The Bison nine-run inning took place with two outs as GU recorded nine hits and took advantage of two Eagle errors.
The Eagles, down 12-3, responded with two runs in the bottom of the sixth but Gallaudet added four more runs in the seventh to extend its lead to 16-5.
Once again the Eagles were able to muster up a late rally in the bottom of the seventh as they scored eight times before Gallaudet could end the game.
Senior pitcher Jordan Hogan (Severn, Md.) picked up another win in her last appearance in the circle for the Bison. Hogan (8-12) lasted six innings as she struck out five batters and gave up 17 hits and 13 runs (12 earned) to the 36 batters she faced. Hogan was relieved by Barlow who came in to pick-up her second save of the year.
Junior middle infielder Courtney Thomas (Yorkville, Ill.) led the Bison offensively as she went 3-for-5, one double, two runs and three RBI. Barlow went 3-for-4, three runs scored and one RBI as every Bison starter scored at least one run. GU had seven batters record two or more hits in the win.
- The sweep of the Eagles gives Gallaudet its best conference record since 2011 (7-13)
- Barlow finishes the year with a team-high .518 batting average
- Gallaudet combined for 21 RBI and 34 hits in the doubleheader
THANK YOU SENIORS
Today's doubleheader marked the final games for three Bison seniors.
#0 Adele Fass (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
Fass finishes her four-year collegiate career as a three-time NEAC Scholar-Athlete with 56 hits, 44 runs, one home run, 30 RBI, a .213 batting average, .263 on base percentage in 124 games. The senior catcher had 305 putouts and 48 assists on defense for the Bison.
#1 Jordan Hogan (Severn, Md.)
Hogan, a two-year letterwinner, finishes her career at Gallaudet with 65 hits, 47 runs, 31 RBI, 17 doubles and four triples in 68 games. She accumulated a .310 career batting average and a .371 on base percentage. In the circle, she registered 11 wins for the Bison. In the field, Hogan racked up 131 putouts with 112 assists and committed just eight errors.
#9 Emily Walters (Gillette, Wyo.)
Walters, a three-year letterwinner, appeared in 82 games for the Bison and had 37 hits, 33 runs and 14 RBI. She finishes her career with a .236 batting average and .365 on base percentage. Defensively, Walters had 55 putouts and nine assists.
Gallaudet concludes the season with a 16-23-1 overall record and 7-13 mark in the conference. In Coach Justen Burns' first season the Bison improved six games in the win column and had three more wins in conference play than last year. The Bison are slated to return 11 underclassmen next season.