Bats Alive In Opening Weekend Series For Baseball

Bats Alive In Opening Weekend Series For Baseball

THE BASICS
Game 1 Score:
Dean College 10, Gallaudet University 7
Game 2 Score: Dean College 15, Gallaudet University 15
Records: Dean College (1-0-1), Gallaudet University (2-7)
Location: Hoy Field, Washington, D.C.
Date: Saturday, March 3, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM / 2:30 PM

THE LEAD:
The 2018 Dean College baseball season kicked off with an offensive explosion as the Bulldogs pushed 25 runs across in a doubleheader against Gallaudet University on Saturday afternoon.

Dean took the season opener 10-7 and then settled for a 15-15 tie in the nightcap as darkness became an issue and the game was called.

Game 1: Dean College 10, Gallaudet University 7
In the opener, Dean used a big second inning to propel themselves to a 10-7 victory. The Bulldogs scored five runs in the game-altering frame with the big blows coming on a two-run single by Landon Fish (New Port Richey, Fla.) and a two-run double from Will Kulcher (Crown Point, Ind.).

The Bulldogs added another run in the third on an RBI double by Corey Karnila (Raritan, N.J.) and then two more in the fourth on a Ben Chajet (Hillsboro Beach, Fla.) sacrifice fly and when Karnila scampered home on a passed ball.

Ahead 8-4, Dean saw its lead trimmed to 8-7 after a three-run fourth inning by the Bison but the Bulldogs were able to scratch two more runs across when they loaded the bases and Brian Hadden (Newburyport, Mass.) and Kulcher raced home on an error and a wild pitch.

On the mound, Jason Bottone (Derby, Conn.) was effective for Dean, tossing a complete game while scattering ten hits and giving up four earned runs.

Kulcher led the Bulldogs' offensive attack, going 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI, while Karnila was 2-for-3 and Jeff Sharnick (Stratford, Conn.) drew three walks and scored two runs.

Game 2: Dean College 15, Gallaudet University 15
In a game that lasted nearly three and a half hours, the two teams combined for 30 runs, 27 hits, 12 errors and eight pitchers used. The teams scored at least one run in every frame with the exception of the top of the fourth.

Dean got single runs in the first and second, but when Gallaudet scored four in the bottom of the second highlighted by a Kyle Gumm RBI triple, the Bison were in front, 5-2.

The Bulldogs quickly evened the score by getting three runs in the top of the third on a RBI single from Dakari Cox (Needham, Mass.), a double steal with Cox and Karnila and a Vincent Buonaiuto (Danbury, Conn.) run scoring single.

Gallaudet put three more on the board in the bottom of the third to go back in front, 8-5 and then after holding Dean scoreless in the fourth, they tacked on two more runs to bolt ahead 10-5.

The Bulldogs took advantage of some misplays in the field by Gallaudet to get back into the game with a seven-run fifth inning that also featured a two-run double from Hadden, a Cox RBI single and an RBI from Travis Dinsdale (Worcester, Mass.).

Gallaudet continued to score runs though, and when they added three more in the bottom of the fifth, Dean found itself trailing again, 13-12.

The Bulldogs responded with three runs in the sixth on a two-run double from Kulcher and an RBI single from Chajet to move back in front, 15-13.

After the Bison pushed two runs home in the sixth to even the score, the game was called due to darkness.

Cox (3-for-4, three RBI, three runs scored, stolen base) and Rory Cockerline (Dracut, Mass.) each had three hits, while Chajet, Hadden and Kulcher all drove in two runs.

UP NEXT:
Dean is off until Monday when they face William Peace in a doubleheader beginning at 3:00 PM at the USA Baseball Complex in Cary, N.C.