May 1, 2012

Softball Splits in Regular Season Finale

Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Playing in the final tune-up leading up to this weekend’s Landmark Conference Tournament, the Susquehanna softball team split its Tuesday doubleheader against Misericordia. The Crusaders took game one 4-0 before falling 3-0 in the finale.

In the opening game win, Allison Cullen (Branchburg, N.J./Immaculata) went all seven innings for Susquehanna (25-12) and gave up just four hits while striking out four in the shutout. At the plate, SU managed only five hits, two of which came from Kathryn Gilbert (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cumberland Valley), but timely hits and solid base-running provided enough offense.

The game was scoreless until the bottom of the fourth when the Crusaders plated two runs on one hit, a Gilbert RBI single, and one Cougars (25-15) error.

SU put together another two-run inning in the fifth on a Lisa Finizio (Oakland, N.J./Indian Hills) single through the right side that scored Alyssa Cantalini (Kitchener, Ontario/St. David Catholic Secondary). A RBI groundout from Brianna Murphy (Hazlet, N.J./Mater Dei) allowed Finizio to score for the 4-0 score.

Cullen allowed only one base runner over her final two innings of work to pick up the win.

Game two was another pitcher’s duel and unfortunately Susquehanna fell on the losing side of this one. Three pitchers combined to give scatter just three runs on four hits but the SU bats were blanked, picking up only one hit.

Misericordia scored a run in the fifth on two singles and added two runs in the sixth without a hit as two errors and a RBI groundout helped contribute to the two runs.

The Crusaders were retired in order to end the game.

The Crusaders open the two-day, double-elimination Landmark Conference Tournament, hosted by SU, on Friday with an 11 a.m. game against Catholic.

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