March 21, 2013

Softball Finally Back on the Field, Sweeps York

Game 1 Box Score
Game 2 Box Score

YORK, Pa. – After a 13-day absence from game action, the Susquehanna softball team finally got back on the field Thursday afternoon and swept a doubleheader at York. The Crusaders won 2-1 and 13-6 decisions to grab their ninth and 10th victories of the spring.

The 2-1 win was an eight-inning affair that was decided on a Kathryn Gilbert (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cumberland Valley) RBI groundout on a fielder's choice ball that broke a 1-1 ballgame.

Morgan Lewis (Newtown, Pa./Council Rock North) went the distance in the circle for SU (10-2) and gave up just one run on four hits and struck out six batters while walking only one.

Susquehanna had six hits in the game with two from Stephanie Chlebove (Northampton, Pa./Northampton Area). Alyssa Cantalini (Kitchener, Ontario/St. David Catholic Secondary) had one hit and drove in a run while Brianna Murphy (Hazlet, N.J./Mater Dei Prep) had a hit and a run scored.

SU's first run of the game came in the first inning on a Cantalini RBI single to right field that scored Murphy who had reached on an error. The Spartans (9-3) tied the game in the bottom of the second and it remained a tie game until the eighth when Larissa Luu (Montandon, Pa./Milton) scored the deciding run on Gilbert's fielder's choice.

Game two was a near polar opposite of the opener as the Crusaders pounded out 13 runs on 19 hits but also gave up six runs to York. Lauren Gilbert (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cumberland Valley) finished 4-for-4 with a game-high four RBI while Murphy added four hits, two RBI and two runs scored. Anna Heggenstaller (Liverpool, Pa./Greenwood) went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and one RBI.

In total, nine different players picked up at least one hit in the victory and the Crusaders scored at least one run in every inning.

Sarah Hoffman (Laceyville, Pa./Wyalusing Valley) went all seven innings and gave up six runs (four earned) and thanks to her team's offense picked up her third win of the spring. She also racked up seven strikeouts and did not walk a batter.

Susquehanna opened with a two-run first inning while York countered with a solo run of its own in its half of the inning. SU tacked on a run in the second to go up 3-1 before putting together a three-run third with Heggenstaller, Claire Hanratty (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) and Gilbert all driving in runs.

The Spartans trailed 7-4 after four innings and found themselves down 10-6 heading into the seventh inning. In the top of that inning, SU put the game away by plating three insurance runs. Gilbert drove in two of those three runs with a two-out single down the left field line.

The team is back in action on Saturday with a doubleheader at Kean beginning at 1 p.m.

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