March 25, 2012

SU Splits vs. Montclair State; Hand Red Hawks First Loss of Season

Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

MONTCLAIR, N.J. – The Susquehanna softball team took to the road on Sunday to face an undefeated Montclair State squad and thanks to the Crusaders’ game two win, handed the Red Hawks their first loss of the season.

The Crusaders (11-7) dropped the opener by a 7-2 score but game two was a complete different story as they came away with the 7-3 win over Montclair State (14-1), marking the Red Hawks’ first loss of the spring.

Sam LaCoe (Clarks Summit, Pa./Abington Heights) finished the day 3-for-6 with a home run and four RBI, and Lisa Finizio (Oakland, N.J./Indian Hills) recorded three hits, including a triple in game two.

In game two, starter Morgan Lewis (Newtown, Pa./Council Rock North) went the distance and tossed seven innings of three-run ball. Montclair actually struck first with a solo run in the first inning and added another run in the second. However, Lewis gave up just one more run over the remainder of the game.

SU tied the game at two-all after back-to-back triples off the bats of Brittany Devlin (Furlong, Pa./Central Bucks East) and Finizio, followed by a LaCoe RBI single up the middle that plated Finizio.

Susquehanna erupted for a five-run fifth inning thanks in part to the team’s five hits in the inning. Larissa Luu (Montandon, Pa./Milton) opened the inning with a single and scored on a Finizio single to left field. LaCoe followed with another single to left field, driving in Luu, and Kathryn Gilbert (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cumberland Valley) added a two-run RBI double down the left field line. The final run came on a Madison Clark (Blue Springs, Mo./Blue Springs) single up the middle that sent home Gilbert.

The Red Hawks got one run back in the fifth to cut the lead to four (7-3), but Lewis shut them down for the final two innings to seal the win for her squad.

In game one, the Red Hawks pushed across a run in the first before putting together a three-run fourth to make it a 4-0 ballgame. Montclair added another three-spot in the fifth for a 7-0 lead.

LaCoe immediately got two of those runs back with a two-run homer to right center that also scored Lauren Gilbert (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cumberland Valley) who opened the inning with a double.

SU left a runner stranded in the seventh as Montclair State held on for the win.

The Crusaders are back on the road on March 29 with a doubleheader at Gettysburg, starting at 3 p.m.