Softball Splits with No. 23 LVC on Senior Day

Softball Splits with No. 23 LVC on Senior Day

Game One Box Score

Game Two Box Score

SELINSGROVE, Pa. – It was all about the seniors on the Susquehanna softball team as SU earned a split with No. 23 Lebanon Valley on Senior Day at Sassafras Fields. The Crusaders fell 1-0 in the opening game but rebounded to grab game two by a 2-0 score.

Senior pitching star Cara Swerdlow (Bloomfield, N.J/Bloomfield), who will leave SU (27-7) with nearly every program pitching record, started and went the distance in both games. She gave up just one run in the opening contest and proceeded to blank the Flying Dutchmen (27-6) 2-0 in the nightcap. Swerdlow gave up a combined six hits, three in each game, and racked up 12 combined strikeouts, eight of which came in the first game.

In the game-two victory, the Crusaders used two timely hits and three walks to come away with the win. Kathryn Gilbert (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cumberland Valley) drove home both of those runs as she went 1-for-2 with one walk.

In the bottom of the third, Lisa Finizio (Oakland, N.J./Indian Hills) belted a two-out triple to left center for SU’s first hit of the game, but she was left stranded to keep the game scoreless.

Susquehanna loaded the bases with one out in the sixth, without the benefit of a hit, before Gilbert came through with a hit to left center that scored two runners, handing Swerdlow a 2-0 as she took the circle with a chance to close out the game in the top of the seventh.

Swerdlow did just that by quickly retiring the side in order to give SU the doubleheader split.

Susquehanna actually out-hit Lebanon Valley by a 4-3 mark in game one, with half of those hits coming off the bat of senior Shelly Landis (Souderton, Pa./Christopher Dock Mennonite/Gannon), who went 2-for-3.

Swerdlow nearly worked around a leadoff triple in the fourth but gave up a two-out RBI hit to right field.

The Crusaders put two runners on in the fourth, including their first hit of the game, but failed to push the tying or go-ahead runs across the plate.

It remained a 1-0 Lebanon Valley lead heading into the bottom of the seventh. Brittany Devlin (Furlong, Pa./Central Bucks East) led off with a single to right field and senior Kim Rubino (Parsippany, N.J./Parsippany) added a one-out single of her own to put runners on first and second but the final two batters were retired in order, ending the game.

The team recognized its eight seniors in a ceremony prior to the start of game two: Brennan Balfour (Cape Elizabeth, Maine/Cape Elizabeth), Bryn Whitmire (Lederach, Pa./Souderton Area), Swerdlow, Taylor Crawford (Matamoras, Pa./Delaware Valley HS), Rubino, Landis, Sara Bartoletti (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./James M. Coughlin) and Natasha Eisenhart (Womelsdorf, Pa./Conrad Weiser).

Next games: Saturday, April 30 at Moravian – 1 p.m. (DH)