SU softball: Raiders split doubleheader with Marauders
The Raiders split a doubleheader with the Marauders, losing 6-1 in the first game but coming back to win 11-2 in five innings in Game 2.
The Shippensburg University softball team shook off a tough first inning in a Game 1 loss Friday to win Game 2 of its Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division doubleheader with rival Millersville. The Marauders won Game 1, 6-1, and the Raiders won Game 2, 11-2 in five innings, on a cold and windy day at Robb Field.
Shippensburg (10-10, 9-9 PSAC East) fell behind 5-0 in the first inning of the opener as Millersville (9-7, 5-7) hit four home runs (three solo, one two-run shot) to establish an insurmountable lead. The Raiders yielded just 10 hits over the final 11 innings while producing 17 of their own.
Freshman Toni Jones (Suffolk, Va./Loudoun Valley) had a team-high four hits, including a bases-loaded, two-run single in the Game 2 win. Freshman Taylor Myers (Fayetteville, Pa./Chambersburg Area) had three hits and a walk atop the Raider order, while Taylor Radziewicz (Felton, Pa./Red Lion) also had three hits and produced a sacrifice fly.
Hannah Marsteller (Fredericksburg, Va./Riverbend), whose school-record hitting streak of 23 games came to an end after Game 1, launched a three-run homer in Game 2 and finished the nightcap with four RBIs.
Freshman Maelynn Leber (Wrightsville, Pa./Eastern York) got a complete-game victory in Game 2, striking out seven without a walk in five innings of work.
Game 1: Millersville 6, Shippensburg 1
Round trippers by Devan Masciulli, Rebecca Blatt, Faith Willenbrock and Alyssa Stover put the visitors ahead and chased a pair of Raider pitchers. Freshman Emma Flattery (Macomb, Mich./Dakota) got SU out of the first inning and was productive in relief, striking out nine batters over five innings of work. Flattery allowed a run on four hits and walked four.
Freshman Cori Ritter (Shermans Dale, Pa./West Perry) hit an RBI-triple in the fourth to account for the lone Raider run. Ritter plated Courtney Coy (Shippensburg, Pa./Shippensburg Area), who doubled. Jones also doubled in the game.
Game 2: Shippensburg 11, Millersville 2 (5 innings)
SU took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first after Radziewicz ripped a shot off the glove of the MU third baseman that plated Myers.
A six-run third inning proved the difference. Lacey Hunter (Centreville, Va./Centreville) singled and stole second, and Myers walked. Morgan DeFeo (West Grove, Pa./Avon Grove) dropped down a second straight sacrifice and reached on a throwing error that allowed Hunter to score. Radziewicz then hit a sacrifice fly to right field but reached after the ball was dropped by the right fielder.
One pitch later, Marsteller launched a three-run homer down the left-field line. Jones singled with one out and came around to score on a two-out double by Leber.
Millersville got a two-run homer in the fourth from Gabi Turner, but the Raiders answered with four more runs that eventually invoked the run rule. A leadoff single by Myers, a walk by DeFeo and a bunt single by Radziewicz loaded the bases with no outs. Marsteller had a check swing that ended up a single to plate one run, and Coy then singled home another run. Jones delivered a two-run single as well.
Leber struck out the side in the second and the fifth. She has allowed two runs or less in each of her last three starts.
Shippensburg heads to Millersvilletomorrowfor a 1 p.m. doubleheader against the Marauders.