Softball Soars Over Eagles; Cantalini Cracks Grand Slam
HUNTINGDON, Pa. – Susquehanna’s softball team swept Landmark Conference rival Juniata on Saturday afternoon. The Crusaders exploded for 12 runs in game one, winning 12-4. SU won game two 3-0.
In the early contest, SU (18-8, 5-1) scored twice in the top of the second to go up 2-0. Madison Clark (Blue Springs, Mo. / Blue Springs) picked up an RBI single and later scored on a wild pitch.
Juniata (9-16, 1-7) tied the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the fourth behind an RBI double and run-scoring single.
The Crusader bats exploded for seven runs in the top of the fifth to take a commanding 9-2 lead. Brianna Murphy (Hazlet, N.J. / Mater Dei) stole home and Brittany Devlin (Furlong, Pa. / Central Bucks East) smacked a run-scoring single to right field.
Later in the inning with the bases loaded, Alyssa Cantalini (Kitchener, Ontario / St. David Catholic Secondary) smashed a grand slam to complete the offensive onslaught in the fifth.
For good measure, Susquehanna added three more runs in the top of the seventh. Lisa Finizio (Oakland, N.J. / Indian Hills) picked up two RBI with a single up the middle and Devlin stroked a run-scoring single through the left side to cap off the scoring for the Crusaders.
SU pounded out 13 hits in the first game, led three by Devlin and Cantalini. Morgan Lewis (Newtown, Pa. / Council Rock North) earned the win in the circle, her sixth of the season. She pitched all seven innings, scattering eight hits and allowing three earned runs.
In the night cap, Alison Cullen (Branchburg, N.J. / Immaculata) pitched a four hit shutout and struck out three Eagles for her sixth win of the year.
SU scored one run in the first and second innings. Finizio picked up an RBI on a suicide squeeze in the first and Stephanie Chlebove (Northampton, Pa. /Northampton Area) smacked a run scoring single to center in the second.
Finizio smashed a solo home run in the top of the sixth inning, her first of the season and fourth of her career.
SU hosts Elizabethtown for a non-conference doubleheader on Wednesday, April 18 at 3:00 p.m.