WASHINGTON - The Gallaudet University softball team split a non-conference doubleheader against St. Joseph's College (Brooklyn) on a blustery Thursday afternoon at the GU Softball Complex. The Bison (3-3) bats came alive in the second game as they won 11-6 as the sun set in the nation's capital. The visiting Bears (1-1) won the first game 10-2 in a five-inning affair.
Game 1: St. Joseph's 10, Gallaudet 2
Gallaudet got off to a slow start in the first game as two errors in the first inning allowed St. Joseph's to score twice. The Bears tacked on two more runs in the second inning before they broke open the game in the fourth.
St. Joseph's Wainright smacked a triple to right-center field to score Baglino to start a six-run fourth. Ferrigno followed with a double to center to bring home Amber Wainright (3-for-4, two runs, two RBI). A Bison error allowed Nicole Quintana to reach base, later stole second base. First baseman Maria Gentile (3-for-4, three RBI) stepped to the plate and ripped a double to center field to bring home two additional runs. The Bears picked up two more singles and drove in two insurance runs to get the run margin to double digits, 10-0.
Bears starting pitcher Victoria Mahoney (1-0) was in a groove as she retired her first 10 batters and took a no-hitter into the fourth inning. Freshman shortstop Courtney Thomas (Yorkville, Ill.) ended the perfect bid with a single to left field with one out. Senior first baseman Jordan Hogan (Severn, Md.) walked to place two runners on base for left-handed hitter Alyssa Barlow (Chandler, Ariz.). The junior doubled to right-center field off Mahoney as Thomas and Hogan scampered home. GU's next two batters got out to end the fourth.
The Bison were retired in order in the fifth as the game ended early due to the eight-run mercy rule.
Barlow (1-2) took the loss in the circle as she allowed 10 runs (three earned) on 14 hits and struck out four. Mahoney surrendered two runs on two hits, walked one and struck out six.
Game 2: Gallaudet 11, St. Joseph's 6
The Bison offense got on the scoreboard first in the second game as the home team plated two runs on a single by senior catcher Adele Fass (Brooklyn, N.Y.). GU would go on to score runs in the next three innings as it built an 11-6 lead that it held during the final two innings of play.
Hogan (2-1) won her second game as starting pitcher for the Bison this season as she threw a complete game where she allowed six runs (three earned) on seven hits, walked two and recorded two strikeouts.
The senior righty helped her own cause as she went 2-for-4 at the plate including a three-run triple in the five-run fifth.
St. Joseph's got back in the game after the Bears scored four runs in the top of the fifth to knot the game at six. GU quickly responded with five runs in the bottom half of the inning. Freshman Katelyn Koester (Buffalo, N.Y.) singled on a well-placed bunt down the first base line. Senior Emily Walters (Gillette, Wyo.) drew a walk with the bases loaded to plate a second run. Hogan stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and laced a triple to left-center field to clear the base paths.
St. Joseph relief pitcher Madison Erhardt (0-1) took the loss in the circle as she surrendered six unearned runs on three hits and two walks in two innings pitched.
- Gallaudet saw seven batters record at least one hit in the second game
- Courtney Thomas scored three runs on two hits in the doubleheader
- Hogan finished 2-for-5, one run, four RBI and a triple
- Freshman Briana Pogue (Papillion, Neb.) scored three times in the second game
- GU had two triples in the second game from Hogan and Pogue
- GU pitchers allowed 16 runs, 21 hits, four extra-base hits, two walks and six strikeouts
- The Bison made six errors (five in the first game) against St. Joseph's
Gallaudet continues its eight-game homestand to begin the 2017 season next week when the Bison welcome the Gators of Notre Dame of Maryland University to campus. The Bison will host the Gators in a non-conference doubleheader on Thursday, March 9, at 2 p.m.