First Game Jitters Cost Softball in Regional Opener

First Game Jitters Cost Softball in Regional Opener

The Susquehanna University Softball team surrendered three runs in the first inning and dropped a 4-1 decision Friday afternoon to Ramapo College in the first round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament Regional at Kostrinsky Field in Ithaca.

The loss for Susquehanna (29-15) drops the River Hawks into the consolation bracket of the tournament. Susquehanna is scheduled to play Penn St. Berks who dropped a 3-0 decision to Ithaca 1:30 p.m. in the first elimination game of the tournament.

The River Hawks gave up three runs on three hits including a home run in the first inning to fall behind early.

"For sure (we had some jitters)," said sophomore Jackie Gore who led the River Hawks going 1-for-2 with a double and a run batted in when asked about the team getting off to a slow start. "We were definitely excited and anxious to play today."

After surrendering the home run and walking the next batter, starter Jamie Fesinstine settled down and sat down the next nine consecutive batters.

In the sixth inning, the River Hawks finally put a run on the board. Heather Pearson opened the sixth with a single to right centerfield and with one out, Gore connected on a double to the gap in right center that scored Pearson from first.

In the bottom of the inning, the Roadrunners answered with a single run to regain the three-run lead and held on in the seventh to secure the win.

Gore, Pearson, Emilie Boman, Kasey Bost and Leigh Ann Greenwald all had a hit for the River Hawks and Fesinstine allowed six hits and two walks with two strike outs in the circle.