WASHINGTON – It was a memorable day for Gallaudet University's four seniors on the baseball team here Sunday at Hoy Field. The Bison came up short against Penn College in a North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) doubleheader as they lost 7-6 in extra innings in the first game and fell 12-2 in the second game.
Gallaudet (3-27-1, 0-10 NEAC) led 5-2 and 6-3 before Penn College (15-10, 9-1 NEAC) came back to score four unanswered runs to win the first game in eight innings.
The day was dedicated to the senior class and their families. Prior to the start of the game, the players played catch with their parents and family members in the outfield under the warm sun. The four families and players were recognized before the start of the game as well by coach Curtis Pride and the rest of the Bison squad. In the games, all four players contributed to the Bison, who almost knocked off one of the top teams in the conference.
Game 1: Penn College 7, Gallaudet 6 (F/8)
The Bison channeled the good vibes from the grandstands on senior day and used it to their advantage in the first inning to build an early lead. GU held a 6-3 lead after three innings of play but missed opportunities to score more in the first three frames as it left a total of six runners on base against Penn College. The Wildcats chipped away at the GU lead in the fifth and sixth innings as they knotted the game at 6-6 and forced extra innings.
For the second straight day, Gallaudet found itself in the same situation. The Bison had built a lead only to see it vanish and lose in extra innings.
Penn College came up with a clutch double down the right-field line in the eighth to score its seventh run of the game and take its first and only lead in the contest.
Freshman Darren Drolsbaugh (Lansdale, Pa.) drew a walk in the bottom of the eighth and moved into scoring position on a wild pitch with two outs. The Bison couldn't get a hit off Penn College reliever Brandon Barnyak (1-2) as he got the last GU batter to fly out to end the game.
Senior Kyle Gumm (Dallas, Texas) and junior Cameron Upton (Vicksburg, Miss.) led the Bison with three hits each in their first three at-bats. Upton hit a double, single and triple in his first three at-bats in the game as he scored twice, drove in a run and stole a pass. Gumm had three straight singles to begin the game.
Sophomore Frank Diaz (Far Rockaway, N.Y.) started the game and got into the fourth inning but in the process he issued nine walks to the Wildcats to prolong the innings. Diaz was replaced by fellow sophomore Robersy Delgado (Tampa, Fla.), who cut down the walk total but still gave up four runs (three earned) on six hits, four walks and two strikeouts in 4.1 innings as he took his first loss of the season.
Game 2: Penn College 12, Gallaudet 2
The visiting Wildcats came out aggressive in the second game and scored three quick runs off Gallaudet starting pitcher Ethan Denson (Huffman, Texas) in the first inning and later broke open the game with five runs in the third to take an 8-1 lead. GU added one run before PCT scored four times in the eighth off a Bison reliever to put the game away.
Denson (1-7) continues to search for his second win of the season after he picked up a win on opening day. The freshman righthander allowed eight runs (four earned) on 10 hits, one walk and struck out five. Senior Kenneth Gentzke III (Honeoye, N.Y.) and Gumm combined to pitch the last two innings for the Bison.
Trevor Dolin (2-2) was a workhorse for Penn College as he threw eight strong innings where he surrendered two runs on seven hits, walked four and struck out one to earn his second win of the season.
Gumm (2-for-5, one run, one RBI) was one of three Bison to record two hits. Senior catcher Jake Grindstaff (New Market, Md.) tallied a game-high two walks
- GU left 10 runners on base in each game
- The Bison are 2-20-1 at home this season
- Gallaudet has dropped 16 straight
- The Bison have lost four consecutive games to PCT
- GU defeated Penn College, 3-2, on April 23, 2016
Gallaudet is slated to host its final home game of the season on Tuesday, April 24, against nationally-ranked Salisbury University (25-9) at 3 p.m.