Shippensburg University sports: Raiders softball pitcher’s duels

Shippensburg University’s Raiders softball team engaged in a couple of pitcher’s duels with visiting IUP on Tuesday, splitting a non-conference doubleheader with the Crimson Hawks. SU won Game 1, 2-1, while IUP won Game 2, 3-0, on a sunny and warm day at Robb Field.

Shippensburg (12-12) and IUP (10-8) combined for just two extra-base hits (one double for each team). SU’s Game 1 RBIs came on a fourth-inning sacrifice fly by Taylor Radziewicz (Felton, Pa./Red Lion) and a fifth-inning single by Hannah Marsteller (Fredericksburg, Va./Riverbend).

The Raiders got a complete-game victory from freshman Emma Flattery (Macomb, Mich./Dakota), who improved her record to 4-0. Flattery allowed one run on four hits, walking three and striking out four in the 2-1 Game 1 victory.

In Game 2, freshman Maelynn Leber (Wrightsville, Pa./Eastern York) entered the circle in relief in the first inning and finished the game. Her only two runs allowed came on a two-out single in the seventh inning. Leber pitched 6.1 innings and allowed five hits, walked two, and struck out seven.

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Marsteller finished the doubleheader with three hits, while freshman Taylor Myers (Fayetteville, Pa./Chambersburg Area) had two singles and a sacrifice. Alyssa Nehlen (Pulaski, Pa./West Middlesex) returned to action and doubled in Game 1, scoring on Radziewicz’s sacrifice fly.

IUP’s Bella Bucy scattered five singles and two walks while striking out four in Game 2 to record a shutout. It marks the first time this season that Shippensburg was held scoreless in a seven-inning game. The victory snapped a 10-game losing streak for the Crimson Hawks against the Raiders.

SCHEDULE CHANGE: Shippensburg will host Kutztown at 1 p.m. Thursday at Robb Field. The doubleheader was moved up from Saturday to avoid possible inclement weather.

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