CARLISLE, Pa. – Susquehanna's softball team swept its doubleheader at Dickinson on Tuesday evening, winning game one and game two by the scores of 8-6.
The Crusaders (9-5) used high scoring first innings in both contests and held off furious rallies by Dickinson (4-10) to come away with the sweep.
In the first inning of game one, Lauren Gilbert (Mechanicsburg, Pa. / Cumberland Valley) and Courtney Miller (Kendall Park, N.J. / South Brunswick) both stroked singles and Lisa Finizio (Oakland, N.J. / Indian Hills) executed a sacrifice bunt to move the runners into scoring position.
Brittany Devlin (Furlong, Pa. / Central Bucks East) and Alison Cullen (Branchburg, N.J. / Immaculata) both ripped RBI singles as SU went ahead 3-0. Two more runs were scored on Dickinson errors as the Crusaders ended the top of the first ahead 5-0.
The Red Devils chipped away at the deficit, however, trimming the SU lead to 5-4 going into the fifth inning.
But the Crusaders tacked on two more runs in the top of the fifth to increase their lead 7-4. After a Bridget Rafter (Highlands, N.J. / Henry Hudson Regional) walk, Sam Lacoe (Clarks Summit, Pa. / Abington Heights) singled and pinch runner Cierra Omlor (Salem, N.J. / Salem) scored on an error by the left fielder. L. Gilbert drove in LaCoe on an RBI base knock.
Dickinson scored one run in the bottom of the sixth to cut the lead to 7-5. SU went up 8-5 after a Finizio RBI single. Morgan Lewis (Newtown, Pa. / Council Rock North) came into the game with two runners on in the bottom of the seventh. She gave up an RBI hit to the second batter she faced but struck out the next Red Devil to seal the victory for SU.
Cullen earned her second win of the season, pitching 6 1/3 innings while scattering eight hits, giving up three earned runs and striking out two. Lewis closed out the seventh to earn her second save of the campaign.
The Crusaders recorded 13 hits in game one, with five players recording two hits.
The Crusaders scored three runs in the opening frame of game two. Finizio smashed a triple, LaCoe walked and Kathryn Gilbert (Mechanicsburg, Pa. / Cumberland Valley) smoked a two-run double.
Devlin's three-run double put the Crusaders up 6-0 in the third inning. In the seventh, K.Gilbert and Devlin both had RBI singles to increase the lead 8-1.
The game got interesting late when the Red Devils rallied with two outs and Denise Haines crushed a grand slam to bring Dickinson within two (8-6), but SU held on for the win.
Sarah Hoffman (Laceyville, Pa. / Wyalusing Valley) got the win, her fourth of the season. She gave up three hits and struck out two in seven innings of work.
Devlin finished with four RBI and K. Gilbert had three RBI in game two.
The Orange & Maroon host York (Pa.) on Thursday for a doubleheader starting at 3:00 p.m.