WASHINGTON - The Gallaudet University softball team began North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) play here Saturday afternoon as they hosted Lancaster Bible College in a doubleheader. The Bison (9-12-1, 0-2 NEAC) were swept by the Chargers (5-11, 2-0 NEAC) in their conference opener as GU fell 3-2 in the first game and 10-7 in the second game.
Game 1: Lancaster Bible 3, Gallaudet 2
Gallaudet and Lancaster Bible both struggled at the plate early on. With the game tied 1-1 at the top of the sixth, Lancaster Bible's Zoie Senn (2-for-3) stepped up to plate and hit a solo home run to left field to put the Chargers up 2-1.
Senn's home run sparked a small charge as Lancaster Bible picked up two more hits in the inning and extended its lead, 3-1.
It looked as though the Bison were going to rally in the bottom half of the inning when sophomore outfielder Darriyan Thomas (Vallejo, Calif.) reached on a throwing error and then advanced to third base as senior catcher Adele Fass (Brooklyn, N.Y.). rounded third base and came home to score.
The Bison's rally was halted when Barlow, flew out to left field and Darriyan Thomas was called out for leaving the bag early when she attempted to tag up.
After keeping the Chargers from adding to their lead in the seventh, the Bison were unable to tie the game in their final at bat. Senior Jordan Hogan (Severn, Md.) led things off with a double but was stranded on third as the final two outs were recorded to end the game.
Game 2: Lancaster Bible 10, Gallaudet 7
The Bison fell behind early in the second game and fought to catch up for the entire game.
In the sixth inning, Gallaudet gave up five runs and trailed the Chargers 10-3 but refused to quit and took advantage of Lancaster Bible's errors in the bottom half.
Hogan got the scoring started for the Bison when she singled to left field to punch in Barlow (4-for-4) and junior third basemen Genesis Rodriguez (San Antonio, Texas) to cut the lead to five, 10-5.
Hogan would go on to score later in the inning when Fass reached on an LBC error, further cutting into the lead, 10-6.
After a long at-bat, senior outfielder Emily Walters (Gillette, Wyo.) reached on a dropped line drive to the pitcher which allowed junior outfielder Katelyn Koester (Buffalo, N.Y.) to dart home and score. Walters was stuck on second base as the next two batters got out.
Gallaudet was able to bring the game-tying run to the plate in the seventh with one out but no runs were pushed across home plate as the game ended with two pop outs.
- Barlow (3-5) pitched all seven innings of the first game where she gave up six hits and struck out four of the 27 batters that she faced
- Hogan pitched 6.2 innings of the second game, gave up seven hits and struck out one batter
- The Bison had no errors in the first game
The Bison will leave the friendly confines of the GU Softball Complex as they head to Reading, Pa., tomorrow (Sunday, April 2) to take on Penn St.-Berks in a NEAC doubleheader at noon.