The Shippensburg University softball team posted another split on Sunday at the Snowbird Softball Freeze Out, dropping a 7-4 decision to Le Moyne before claiming a 10-3 victory over Southern Connecticut State in games played in Myrtle Beach.
Shippensburg finished the weekend with a 4-2 record, totaling 55 hits and out-scoring the opposition 42-20 over six games. SU recorded 27 extra-base hits: 20 doubles, a triple and six home runs.
Inside the Box Score
Eight Raiders had multiple hits on Sunday. Freshman right fielder Alyssa Nehlen (Pulaski, Pa./West Middlesex) reached base four times, going 3-for-5 with two doubles, a sacrifice fly, a stolen base and two runs scored. Senior center fielder Kayla Bonawitz (Palmyra, Pa./Palmyra) was 4-for-8 with a double, stolen base, two RBIs and three runs scored.
Sophomore catcher Morgan Fetter (Shippensburg, Pa./Shippensburg Area) and sophomore first base Hannah Marsteller (Fredericksburg, Va./Riverbend) each doubled twice, while sophomore shortstop Grace Palmieri (Odenton, Md./Arundel) and freshman Taylor Radziewicz (Felton, Pa./Red Lion) hit home runs.
SU and Le Moyne combined for six errors and just two extra-base hits. Fetter had an RBI-double, while Bonawitz and Nehlen each had RBIs against the Dolphins.
Sophomore pitcher Tressa Kagarise (Purcellville, Va./Loudoun Valley) struck out the side in the first inning against Le Moyne but did not make it out of the second inning. Fellow sophomore Hannah Johnson (Woodbridge, Va./Forest Park) relieved and got three more outs, striking out one. All seven runs (five earned) were credited against Kagarise and Johnson.
Freshman Hannah Palinkas (Emmaus, Pa./Emmaus) was busy in the circle for the Raiders on Sunday. Making her collegiate debut, Palinkas threw 3.2 innings of shutout relief against Le Moyne before coming back and earning a complete-game victory against Southern Connecticut. Her lone blemish against the Owls was a three-run homer in the sixth inning. She walked one, allowed seven hits and struck out six in the complete-game win.
How it Happened
The score was tied 3-3 entering the bottom of the sixth against Southern Connecticut when the Raiders erupted for seven runs. Nehlen led off with a double and came home two batters later on a Fetter RBI-double. Bonawitz singled home Fetter to make it 5-3. SU added on five more runs with two outs, as junior Courtney Coy (Shippensburg, Pa./Shippensburg Area) hit a two-run single, Marsteller hit an RBI-double, and Palmieri hit a two-run homer.
Radziewicz hit her first collegiate home run in the fourth to give SU a 3-0 lead. The first Raider run of the game came on a sacrifice fly by Coy.
Shippensburg does not compete next weekend. It returns to action in two weeks at the Glenville State Tournament in West Virginia.
Bill Morgal is sports information director at Shippensburg University