Kasey Bost and Emilie Boman combined for six hits and five runs scored in the first game and Gabby Bubba and Amanda Seckinger combined to shut down perennial power Washington (Missouri) as the Susquehanna University Softball team won a pair of games on the second day of the Spring Training trip Monday in Kissimmee, Florida.
Susquehanna (4-4) defeated Skidmore (0-3) in a marathon 16-10 game that lasted nine innings. The River Hawks then defeated Washington University (2-3), 9-4, to complete the sweep.
In the first game, the River Hawks battled back from an early deficit and scored three times in the fifth and three more times in the sixth but Skidmore came back with three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to tie the game and force extra innings. After each team scored a run in the eighth inning, Susquehanna exploded for seven runs in the ninth to secure the win.
In the fifth inning, Boman doubled down the line to start the inning and Bost followed with a line drive off the pitcher that ended up in centerfield to put Boman on third and Bost on second. With one out, Jackie Gore broke out of a hitting slump with a line drive home run over the left field fence for three runs and a one-run lead.
In the sixth inning, Heather Pearson singled with one out to start the rally. Pinch hitter Michelle Principe singled and after Boman grounded out to move the runners over, Bost walked to load the bases. McKayla Brady came up with a clutch double to deep centerfield that scored all three runners and gave Susquehanna an 8-4 lead.
Skidmore got one run back in the bottom of the sixth and then rallied for three runs to tie the score at 8-8.
In the ninth inning, Susquehanna loaded the bases and with one out, Emily Lear and Pearson both walked to force home runs. Brooke Kohler followed with a sacrifice fly before Boman and Bost connected with singles to score a run each. Brady continued the rally with and both Boman and Bost scored with the help of an error to cap the big inning.
Alexa Gonzalez pitched the complete game and struck out seven batters to record her first win of the season.
In the second game, against Washington University, ranked in the also receiving votes section of the NFCA National Top-25, the teams battled back and forth through the first three innings and the River Hawks held a 4-3 lead after three innings.
In the fourth, Susquehanna rallied for three runs to extend its lead and added two more in the sixth for the final score.
Lear started the fourth inning with a bunt single and stole second before Kelly Miller singled and advanced on the throw to put runners at second and third. Pearson recorded an RBI with a ground out to the right side of the infield. Kohler walked and Boman and Bost followed with back-to-back run-scoring singles for the 7-3 lead.
In the sixth inning, Brady connected on a two-run, two-out single that scored Bost and Pearson.
Bost finished 2-for-4 with two runs and two runs batted in and freshman Kat Fahsbender connected on her first career home run to lead the offense.
Bubba and Amanda Seckinger combined to scatter 11 hits and allowed four runs - two earned -and struck out three batters while walking just one for the win.