WASHINGTON - Gallaudet University softball dropped its first two games of the 2019 season here Saturday on a cold and overcast afternoon at the GU Softball Complex. The Bison (2-2) lost the first game 11-1 in five innings to Rhode Island College. Later in the day, Frostburg State University clipped the Bison, 9-5.
Rhode Island College 11, Gallaudet 1 (F/5)
The Bison go off to a slow start against the Anchormen from Rhode Island College. Gallaudet's starting pitcher Jacklyn Zacarias (Montebello, Calif.) surrendered 10 runs (six earned) on seven hits, three walks and one strikeout as the visitors built an early 10-1 lead.
Zacarias had a hand in GU's lone run as she tripled to right field in the bottom of the first inning to drive home sophomore Hannah Neild (Litchfield, N.H.). The RBI triple cut the Rhode Island College lead to two runs, 3-1.
The Anchormen plated 10 unanswered runs the rest of the game before play was halted after five innings due to the eight-run mercy rule.
Rhode Island College pitcher Briana Gough (1-0) picked up the win as she allowed one run on three hits and struck out three in four innings of work. This marked the first game of the 2019 season for the Anchormen.
Frostburg St. 9, Gallaudet 5
In the third and final game on Saturday, the visiting Bobcasts (3-5) built a 5-0 lead through the first four innings against the Bison (2-2).
Gallaudet erupted for five runs in the bottom of the fifth to knot the game at five.
Neild doubled to left-center field to bring home three runs. Zacarias followed and reached on a dropped fly ball by the left fielder as Neild ran home. Freshman Emma Giuntoli (Austin, Texas) followed with a double to right field to score Zacarias. Giuntoli was thrown out a third base to end the rally for the Bison.
Frostburg State responded with three runs in the sixth and one additional run in the seventh to earn its third win of the season.
Freshman Elizabeth Stern (Lexington, Mass.) took the loss as she pitched a complete game. Stern allowed nine runs on seven hits and walked 10.
Bobcat pitcher Taylor McCarty (1-1) recorded the complete game victory as she allowed five unearned runs on eight hits and four strikeouts.
- Frostburg State defeated Rhode Island College 13-5 in six innings
GU will next host Notre Dame of Maryland University (0-0) tomorrow (Sunday, March 10) at noon in a non-conference doubleheader.