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SELINSGROVE, Pa. – It was a tale of two games as the Susquehanna softball squad used four runs in game one against Lebanon Valley to win a pitchers’ duel and then erupted for 17 runs in a 17-1 game two victory
Alyssa Cantalini (Kitchener, Ontario/St. David Catholic Secondary) and Kathryn Gilbert (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cumberland Valley) had two hits apiece in game one while Sam LaCoe (Clarks Summit, Pa./Abington Heights) collected two RBI. Starting pitcher Sarah Hoffman (Laceyville, Pa./Wyalusing Valley) went the distance and gave up just two runs on seven hits and struck out two.
The Flying Dutchmen struck first in game one, scoring solo runs in the first and second innings. That remained the score the sixth when the Crusaders broke through for all four of their runs in the game. Brittany Devlin (Furlong, Pa./Central Bucks East), LaCoe all had RBIs in the decisive inning.
Hoffman retired the side in order in the sixth and seventh innings to preserve the SU win.
Game two’s outcome was never in doubt, in stark contrast to the opening contest. Susquehanna pounded out 15 hits, led by three from Lisa Finizio (Oakland, N.J./Indian Hills), Cantalini and Gilbert. Bridget Rafter (Highlands, N.J./Henry Hudson Regional) also added five RBI.
Like Hoffman, starter Morgan Lewis (Newtown, Pa./Council Rock North) went the distance and gave up just one run on five hits.
The Crusaders did not actually score until the fourth inning when put three runs on the board on five hits. They then broke the game open with a 14-run fifth inning courtesy of 10 hits and a Lebanon Valley error. Back-to-back triples from Lauren Gilbert (Mechanicsville, Pa./Cumberland Valley) and Finizio opened the inning and the team never looked back.
The Flying Dutchmen scraped together a run in the bottom of the fifth but left the bases loaded to end the game.
Susquehanna returns home to host Scranton on Saturday in a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. The team will honor its four senior members between games.
SU Softball Sweeps Doubleheader
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