March 9, 2012

Softball Splits on Day One of Seagull Classic

Baruch Box Score

Salisbury Box Score

SALISBURY, Md. - The Susquehanna softball team, on its way back from six games in Florida, made a stop in Salisbury for the two-day Seagull Classic Tournament, beginning on Friday. The Crusaders split their opening two games, defeating Baruch 5-4 before falling 6-0 to No. 9 Salisbury in the nightcap.

Susquehanna was no-hit against the ninth-ranked Seagulls.

In the opener against Baruch, SU led 5-4 heading into the bottom of the seventh but Morgan Lewis (Newtown, Pa./Council Rock North) walked the leadoff batter, who took second on a ground out and advanced to third on a fielder's choice with two outs, setting up the potential tying run. Lewis responded by getting Toniann Donde to line out to first, preserving the Susquehanna win.

Lewis went the distance for the Crusaders, striking out five in her seven innings of work and walking just two batters.

Lisa Finizio (Oakland, N.J./Indian Hills) accounted for three of SU's 10 hits in the win while scoring one run and driving in another. Larissa Luu (Montandon, Pa./Milton) knocked in two runs while Sam LaCoe (Clarks Summit, Pa./Abington Heights) scored two runs.

Susquehanna pushed across solo runs in the first and second innings before putting together a two-run third inning courtesy of Luu's two-run single through the right side.

The team's fifth and final run came in the fourth when Kathryn Gilbert's (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cumberland Valley) single drove home Brianna Murphy (Hazlet, N.J./Mater Dei), who had tripled to center in the previous at-bat.

The Crusaders' bats could do nothing against Salisbury pitcher Erika Brittingham, who tossed the no-hitter and put just two runners on base, as Brittany Devlin (Furlong, Pa./Central Bucks East) drew a second-inning walk and Finizio reached in the seventh on a fielding error by the second baseman. Neither of those base runners advanced past second.

SU wraps-up its spring break trip with two more games in the Seagull Classic on Saturday with contests against Frostburg State and No. 15 Christopher Newport.

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