On a sunny Saturday afternoon at Helen Lutes Field, the Shippensburg University softball team concluded the regular season with a sweep over Mansfield in a crucial Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Eastern Division doubleheader with a score of 8-2 in the opener and 12-1 (five innings) in Game 2.
Game 1: Shippensburg 8, Mansfield 2
Shippensburg struck first with two runs in the first inning after three consecutive walks (DeFeo, Lindsay, Minney) and a two-run single to right center by Nehlen. Mansfield reduced the deficit to one run in the bottom of the first after a bases-loaded walk.
The Raiders scored one run in the second inning. Mackulin bunt singled and scored off a DeFeo single up the middle. SU added two more runs in the next inning with back-to-back RBI-doubles from Nehlen and Brumbaugh.
Shippensburg scored three more runs in the top of the seventh to secure the 8-2 victory, starting with back-to-back walks from Minney and senior Hannah Johnson. SU scored off a wild pitch, and a two-run single to right center by Mackulin.
Freshman Alicia Ball started in the circle for the Raiders and threw 2.1 innings. Relief pitcher sophomore Emma Flattery threw 4.2 innings and got the win for the Raiders, her sixth straight. She allowed four hits and recorded five strikeouts.
Game 2: Shippensburg 12, Mansfield 1
Shippensburg started Game 2 with an RBI-single by Lindsay, and Nehlen brought home a run when she hit into a fielder’s choice with the bases loaded. Lindsay smashed a grand slam home run to left center field in the second inning to take a 6-0 lead.
SU scored four more runs in the next inning, starting with an RBI-single up the middle by Myers to send Johnson home, who reached base on a Mountaineer error. Marsteller hit a sacrifice fly to bring Brumbaugh home. The Raiders scored another run off a Mountaineer error, and the fourth run from a Nehlen single up the middle.
In the top of the fourth inning, Marsteller hit a two-run single to left center to score Myers and Mackulin. Mackulin reached based on a single and Myers drew a walk.
Redshirt-sophomore Maddie Uschock pitched a complete game for the Raiders. She threw 5.0 innings, allowing three hits and striking out two Mountaineers, including the last out in the fifth inning.
Inside the Box Score
W: Emma Flattery (12-3)
L: Danielle Goff (3-10)
CS:Alyssa Nehlen 1
RBI: Gabby Drumm 1
RUNS: Alexis Easling 1; Danielle Goff 1
HBP: Kayla Vonstein 1
W: Maddie Uschock (3-3)
L: Alexis Easling (0-7)
HR:Morgan Lindsay 1
SF:Hannah Marsteller 1
RBI: Alexis Easling 1
RUNS: Lacey O’Donnell 1
Shippensburg ends the regular season seeded No. 2 in the PSAC Eastern Division