WASHINGTON - The Gallaudet University softball team dropped a North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) doubleheader to College of Saint Elizabeth here Saturday on a warm and windy afternoon at the GU Softball Complex.
Gallaudet (11-16, 3-7 NEAC) was shut out in the first game as the Eagles (12-8, 6-0 NEAC) won in six innings, 9-0. In the second game, the Bison held a brief lead and battled with the Eagles before they lost 10-7.
Game 1: Saint Elizabeth 9, Gallaudet 0 (F/6)
College of Saint Elizabeth pitcher Alyssa Hampton (6-2) was nearly unhittable as Gallaudet only mustered three hits off the right-hander in the 9-0 loss.
Gallaudet had its best chance to score in the bottom of the third inning when freshman outfielder Hailey Henshaw (Newark, Del.) doubled to left field with one out. Senior outfielder Kelsey Hudson (Blissfield, Mich.) followed with a single to center field as GU had runners on first and second. The rally ended as the next two batters could not get the ball out of the infield.
College of Saint Elizabeth jumped out to a 2-0 lead after two innings and broke open a 3-0 game in the top of the fifth inning with four runs on four hits. The Eagles led 7-0 after five but needed one more run to stop the game early due to the eight-run, five-inning mercy rule. Saint Elizabeth pushed across two runs in the sixth while GU went down in order in the bottom half to end the game.
GU senior starting pitcher Alyssa Barlow (Chandler, Ariz.) took the loss as she allowed nine runs (seven earned) on nine hits, five walks and struck out three.
Hampton issued one walk and struck out three batters in six innings of work to earn her sixth win of the season.
Game 2: Saint Elizabeth 10, Gallaudet 7
In the second game, Gallaudet took a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the third before College of Saint Elizabeth scored the next seven runs to take a 10-4 lead en route to the 10-7 victory.
The Bison tried to close the gap in the later innings as they scored three times but it wasn't enough against the Eagles, who are perfect in conference play thus far this season.
Freshman shortstop Hannah Neild (Litchfield, N.H.) had a two-run single in the bottom of the third to give GU its first and only lead in the ball game.
Gallaudet had seven of its players record one hit in the loss, while four Bison had two hits. Neild and Hudson recorded doubles while Neild and junoor Jacklyn Zacarias (Montebello, Calif.) recorded two RBI each.
Freshman Hannah Carter (Dayton, Ohio) took the loss in the circle as she allowed 10 runs (seven earned) on 13 hits, walked one and struck out one in five innings of work. Zacarias pitched the rest of the game in scoreless relief.
- Hudson was hit by the pitch twice, once in each game
- Neild has 10 doubles this season
- Henshaw and Hudson hit their sixth and third doubles, respectively
- The Eagles' Ashley VonHorn and Neckolette Nedwell hit triples in the wins
- CSE's Elizabeth Unger and Rachael Romer added doubles
Gallaudet will travel to New York next weekend for six games. The Bison will begin the trip at SUNY Delhi (0-19) on Friday, April 20, at 3 p.m. for a non-conference doubleheader. GU will then face two NEAC schools on Saturday and Sunday.