ANNVILLE, Pa. – The Susquehanna softball team traveled to Lebanon Valley Wednesday and defeated the Dutchmen 7-6 and 16-7 (five innings).
In the first game of the day, Jamie Fesinstine (11-4) pitched seven innings for a complete game while striking out a season high 10 batters. Amanda Neveroski led the offense going 2-2 at the plate with a double, a RBI and one run scored. Lauren Creamer went 3-4 with two RBI's and a triple while Leigh Ann Greenwald went 2-3 with one RBI and two runs scored.
Lebanon Valley (17-13) took a 4-0 when the team scored two runs in both the first and second innings. Susquehanna (18-12) answered with a two-run third to cut the lead in half (4-2) when Creamer tripled to score Neveroski and Heather Pearson.
The Crusaders whittled the lead one (4-3) in the fifth inning when Neveroski hit a sacrifice fly to score Greenwald. However, the Dutchmen scored another run in the bottom half of the inning to increase the lead to two (5-3).
A three-run sixth inning gave SU its first lead (6-5) of the day. Jackie Gore singled to score Brooke Kohler which was followed by a single from Greenwald to score Bryn Musser. Greenwald scored the last run of the inning on a wild pitch.
A fielder's choice in the top of the seventh scored Pearson to give the Crusader a much-needed two-run cushion (7-5) as Lebanon Valley scored in the bottom of the inning to end the game in SU's favor (7-6).
In the second game of the day, Gene Raley led the offense going 4-4 at the plate with four RBI's, three runs scored and a double. Neveroski went 2-3 with three RBI's, two runs scored and a double while Kelly Miller was 3-4 with two RBI's, one run scored and a double. Alexa Gonzalez (5-5) pitched a five-inning, complete game and struck out three.
The Crusaders scored three runs in first inning and two runs in both the second and third innings to take a 7-0 lead. The Dutchmen answered with a run in the third to cut the lead to six (7-1) but SU scored again in the fourth when Miller singled to score Neveroski.
Susquehanna proceeded to put the game out of reach after scoring eight runs in the fifth inning to take a 16-1 lead. The Dutchmen answered with six runs in the bottom of the fifth but it was not enough as the Crusaders held on to the 16-7 win.
SU returns home on Saturday, April 23 when the team host the University of Scranton for Senior Day. The doubleheader starts at 1:00 p.m.