Gonzalez Pitches Susquehanna to a Pair of Wins

Alexa Gonzalez earned both pitching victories Sunday on the first day of the Florida trip
Alexa Gonzalez earned both pitching victories Sunday on the first day of the Florida trip

Alexa Gonzalez won the first game of the day in relief and then threw a complete game in the second game leading the Susquehanna University Softball team to its first two wins of the season with a 6-5 win over Arcadia in eight innings and a 5-3 win over SUNY Geneseo Sunday at the Sleepy Hallow Softball Complex in Leesburg, Florida.

Susquehanna (2-2) surrendered a late lead against Arcadia (1-1) but scored an unearned run in extra innings to post the first win of the season. Against Geneseo (2-2), the River Hawks rallied for three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to take a late lead and then  sealed the win with an insurance run in the sixth.

Against Arcadia, The River Hawks struck first with a run in the top of the first inning. Emily Lear opened the game with a lead off single and came around to score four batters later as Lauren Creamer singled to center field giving Susquehanna a 1-0 lead.

Arcadia tied the game in the third with a single run and then the River Hawks scored four runs with one swing in the fourth to jump ahead. Emilie Boman opened the inning with a single and Creamer reached on a fielder's choice sacrifice bunt and Leigh Ann Greenwald singled to load the bases. Catcher Kelly Miller followed with a grand slam to give Susquehanna a 5-1 lead.

The Knights battled back with two runs in the fifth, another run in the sixth and then tied the game with a lead off home run in the seventh.

After the home run, Gonzalez was inserted as a relief pitcher and worked her way out of the inning to force extra innings.

Using the international tie breaker rule, Boman was placed on second to start the inning. Creamer used a sacrifice bunt to advance her to third and Kasey Bost reached base on an error by the third baseman that allowed Boman to score to break the tie.

In the bottom half of the inning, Gonzalez pitched a 1-2-3 inning to secure the victory.

In the second game, Geneseo took the early lead with a run in the top of the first and Susquehanna tied it up in the bottom of the second. Miller drew a one-out walk and moved to third when Gonzalez doubled down the leftfield line. Bost followed with a single through the left side of the infield to tie the game with Miller scoring from third.

The score remained tied with a good pitching battle until the fifth inning when the Knights rallied to take the lead with a pair of runs on a single and two doubles.

In the bottom half of the inning, Susquehanna scored three times to take the lead. Brooke Kohler reached on an error and Bohman followed with a double. With one out and two runners on base, Creamer doubled to score one run and two batters later Miller doubled to score two runs and give the River Hawks the lead.

Susquehanna added an insurance run in the sixth as Lear came around to score as a result of a Kohler triple.

Geneseo threatened in the seventh loading the bases with a hit, an error and a hit by pitch but with two outs, a pop up ended the inning and the game.

Boman led the River Hawks with four hits on the day and scored three runs while Miller was 3-for-4 with two runs and six runs batted in.

Susquehanna continues the Florida trip with games Monday against Salve Regina and Wisconsin-River Falls in Leesburg.