WASHINGTON D.C. – The Owls got their spring break trip started by visiting the Gallaudet Bison on Friday, taking the first game by a score of 3-0, and dropping the second 1-0.
Matt Curry (FR, Caribou, ME) pitched a complete game shut out to lead the Owls to victory. Through seven innings he kept the Bison bats silent, giving up just three hits and one walk, while striking out eight, earning his first career NCAA victory.
Offensively the Owls managed just four hits, and weren't able to plate a run until the fourth when Matt Cauchon (FR, Kingston, MA) scored on a field double play attempt. UMPI added insurance runs in the sixth, taking advantage of a Bison error to plate Cauchon again, which was followed by an Adam Begos (JR, Portland, ME) RBI single.
The Owls struggled offensively in the second game, collecting just three hits and leaving nine runners on base, including having the bases loaded on two separate occasions. The lone run of the game came in the bottom of the fourth when Zack Crawford (SO, Newman, GA) lined a double to right-center to drive in a run.
Saul Nunez (FR, Mapleton, ME) took the loss, despite giving up just the one run over six innings. Nunez struck out three, scattered six hits, and did not walk any hitters. Gallaudet starter Ben Coleman (JR, St. Paris, OH) went the distance, shutting out the Owls, and striking out five. Aaron Kofstad (FR, Presque Isle, ME) collected two hits to lead the UMPI offense.
"We got some excellent performances from our pitchers today," said Coach Pankow after the game. "Both guys came out and pounded the zone, and put pressure on the other team to perform. It is unfortunate that [Saul] Nunez had to take the loss, he deserved a better fate. There are things we need to clean up, we are leaving too many runners on base and need to cut down on errors, but this is a resilient, hard-working group that will get better as the season goes on."
Owl Notes: Weather will determine the next opponent for the Blue & Gold, several scenerios are possible for our crew from the North.
Former major leaguer Curtis Pride is the head coach at Gallaudet. Pride, the 2013 North Eastern Athletic Conference baseball coach of the year, is in his seventh year as head coach. Pride, who has been profoundly deaf since birth, played for six Major League teams in an 11-year career. In his best season, the gifted outfielder hit .300 with 10 home runs and 11 stolen bases for the 1996 Detroit Tigers.
In both 2013 and 2014, Gallaudet won a share of the NEAC regular season championship, advancing to the 2014 ECAC South Championship game.