Playing for the first time since the Spring Training trip to Florida earlier in March, the Susquehanna University Softball team scored a pair of five-inning victories with 9-0 and 12-3 wins Thursday against Dickinson College at Dickinson Park in Carlisle, Pa.
Alexa Gonzalez led Susquehanna (10-4) in the opener with a strong 5-inning pitching performance as well as a 2-for-3, one run and five RBI effort at the plate. The junior starting pitcher struck out three and only allowed five hits while connecting on a two-run home run and a three-run double at the plate.
The River Hawks scored one run in the first and added three more in the second to take the early lead before tacking on five more runs in the fifth to post the run-rule victory.
In the fifth inning, Emilie Boman doubled with one out and took third on a passed ball. Kelly Miller walked and Kasey Bost was hit pitch to load the bases. All three runners moved up a base and Boman scored on a wild pitch before Pearson walked to load the bases again.
Gonzalez followed with a bases-clearing double. Morgan Derrick was inserted and a pinch runner and came around to score on another wild pitch to cap the scoring for the River Hawks.
In the second game, the River Hawks broke open a scoreless game in the third with a six-run inning and added five more in the fourth to take a commanding 11-0 lead.
A run in the top of the fifth made it 12-0 before Dickinson (5-13) rallied for three runs in the bottom of the inning. Jamie Fesinstine came on in relief to record the final out of the game and stop the rally giving Susquehanna a second straight five-inning run rule victory.
Boman had a two-run single early in the third inning and Kohler added a two-run single later in the frame. Leigh Ann Greenewald scored on a wild pitch and Kohler stole home for the final two runs on the inning.
In the next inning, Miller reached on a run-scoring error and later scored on a Greenwald triple. Kohler doubled to score Greenwald and came around one batter later as Jackie Gore singled. Gore later scored on another error to cap the second multiple run inning.
Kohler earned a fourth run batted in with a bases loaded walk in the fifth.
Amanda Seckinger allowed two runs on three hits in four innings to earn the victory.
The River Hawks will look to open Landmark Conference play over the weekend with doubleheaders scheduled against Catholic Saturday before a non-conference twinbill against Lycoming Sunday.