Leigh Ann Greenwald was 2-for-4 with a run scored in game one of the Florida Spring Training trip as the Susquehanna University Softball team won a 5-0 decision over St. Norbert College in the first game of the day but dropped an 8-2 decision to Ithaca College in the second game Sunday afternoon at the Osceola Softball Complex in Kissimmee, Florida.
Susquehanna (3-4) beat St. Norbert (0-1) in the first game. The Green Knights won the Midwest Conference title last season to advance to the NCAA Tournament. The Bombers advanced to the NCAA Tournament after finishing second in the Empire 8 Tournament.
The River Hawks scored twice in the fourth and two more in the fifth and added an unearned run in the seventh for the Spring Training trip opening win over St. Norbert. In game two, the River Hawks took a 2-0 lead with single runs in the first and third innings but surrendered five runs in the top of the fourth inning to take the lead. The Bombers added three more runs in the sixth for the final score.
In the fourth inning against St. Norbert, Kasey Bost led off the inning with a single and Jackie Gore was hit by pitch to put runners on first and second. After Brooke Kohler converted a sacrifice bunt to push both runners into scoring position. McKayla Brady followed with a sacrifice fly to score the first run and Kelly Miller followed with a single to center to score Gore from third for a 2-0 Susquehanna lead.
In the fifth, Greenwald opened the inning with a single and Heather Pearson followed with a double to put runners on second and third. Emilie Boman singled up the middle to score both runners and extend the lead to 4-0.
In the seventh inning, Pearson singled and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. Bost followed with a line drive to centerfield that was caught with a diving catch but an errant throw allowed Pearson to score for the final score.
Greenwald, Pearson, Boman and Miller all had a pair of hits. Pearson scored twice and Boman had two runs batted in. Amanda Seckinger started and earned the victory allowing four hits in five innings. Gabby Bubba came in for the final two innings and struck out three batters in two scoreless innings.
Against Ithaca, Greenwald, Pearson and Kohler each had hits with Kohler and Greenwald scoring the two Susquehanna runs.
In the first inning, Greenwald scored on a double steal play as Pearson was thrown out at second but Greewald was able to score from third to give Susquehanna an early lead.
In the third inning, another Ithaca error allowed Kohler to score as the River Hawks pushed ahead 2-0.
In the fourth, the Bombers rallied for five runs and then added three more in the sixth inning for the win.
Susquehanna continues the spring trip with an 11:15 a.m. game Monday against Skidmore and will face Washington University of Missouri at 3:45 p.m. for the second game of the day.