Shippensburg University‘s softball team opened the 2020 season with a pair of victories Friday at the Snowbird Softball Freeze Out in Myrtle Beach, defeating Goldey-Beacom, 9-3, and West Virginia State, 11-6, in action from the Ned Donkle Complex.
Inside the Box Score
The Raiders recorded 20 hits on the day. Senior Kayla Bonawitz (Palmyra, Pa./Palmyra) had five hits, including a double, and hit a sacrifice fly for one of two RBIs on the day.
Junior Courtney Coy (Shippensburg, Pa./Shippensburg Area) reached base six times – she was credited with a home run among her four hits – to go along with a double, walk and three runs scored.
Sophomore Morgan Fetter (Shippensburg, Pa./Shippensburg Area) slugged a two-run home run and a three-run home run in the victory over West Virginia State for a career-high five RBIs.
Sophomore Hannah Marsteller (Fredericksburg, Va./Riverbend) had three hits, including a two-run triple against West Virginia State and an RBI-double against Goldey-Beacom. Marsteller finished the day with four RBIs.
Freshman Alyssa Nehlen (Pulaski, Pa./West Middlesex) had two hits and two RBIs, while sophomore Morgan DeFeo (West Grove, Pa./Avon Grove) had two doubles. Freshman Taylor Radziewicz (Felton, Pa./Red Lion) had two RBIs on the day, including a run-scoring single, and senior Meghan Klee (Quakertown, Pa./Quakertown) plated a run with a bases-loaded walk.
Sophomore Tressa Kagarise (Purcellville, Va./Loudoun Valley) and Coy were the winning pitchers. Kagarise scattered three runs (two earned) over 6.1 innings against Goldey-Beacom, allowing five hits and four walks while striking out six. Sophomore Hannah Johnson (Woodbridge, Va./Forest Park) got two outs in relief in the opener.
Coy recorded her third career complete game with the victory over West Virginia State, allowing six runs (four earned) on six hits, six walks and six strikeouts
How it Happened
Shippensburg held a 1-0 lead through four innings of the opener against Goldey-Beacom before scoring five in the fifth and three in the sixth to distance itself from the Lightning. The two teams combined to leave 22 runners on base and walked 17 batters in the contest.
SU gave up three runs in the first and two more in the fourth against West Virginia State, but countered the Yellowjackets with runs of its own in each frame. The score was tied 5-5 through four innings before a five-run fifth proved pivotal; it was capped by Fetter’s three-run homer.
Shippensburg faces Saint Anselm and Southern Connecticut State this morning (Saturday), with the first pitch scheduled for 10 a.m.
Bill Morgal is sports information director at Shippensburg University