Kasey Bost went 4-for-6 with three runs batted in and Heather Pearson went 4-for-7 with five RBI as the Susquehanna University Softball team used hot bats and timely pitching to sweep Landmark Conference opponent Juniata College by winning 8-3 in game one and 12-4 in five innings in the nightcap Saturday afternoon at Sassafras Field in Selinsgrove.
In game one, Susquehanna (17-9 Overall, 5-3 Landmark) got off to a hot start with three runs in the bottom of the first inning.
With Brooke Kohler on third and Emilie Boman on second, Bost delivered with a two-run single to give the River Hawks the early lead. Leigh Ann Greenwald followed that with an RBI double to stretch the advantage to 3-0.
Susquehanna added three more runs in the bottom of the third inning on a two-out bases loaded two-run single by Jackie Gore. Gore made a heads up play and got into a run down between first and second base, allowing Greenwald to score the third run of the inning before being tagged out.
The Eagles (6-19-1, 1-7) crept back into the game in the top of the sixth inning by scoring three runs of their own and trimmed the lead down to 6-3 but the River Hawks scored two more runs in the bottom of the inning to lead 8-3.
Pearson knocked in the seventh run with a run-scoring triple and then scored the final run of the game on a passed ball.
Alexa Gonzalez capped off a complete-game victory with a clean seventh inning.
In game two, Susquehanna scored seven runs in the first two innings and was able to come away with a run-rule 12-4 victory.
In the first inning the River Hawks scored three times. Bost had the lone RBI in the inning when she drove in Kohler. The other two runs were scored on an error.
The lead was stretched to 7-0 after two innings when the River Hawks scored four more times. Pearson scored Kelly Miller and Emily Lear on a two RBI single with one out. Two batters later, Boman knocked home Peason on a double down the line. The final run of the inning was scored on a RBI groundout by McKayla Brady.
Juniata came back to score three runs in the fifth and added another run in the sixth before the River Hawks scored five times in the bottom of the fifth inning to end the game at 12-4. Greenwald, Gore and Pearson all had RBIs in the inning.
Gabby Bubba got the win in another complete-game victory for the Susquehanna pitching staff.
The team pounded out 22 hits and scored 20 runs in the doubleheader.
The River Hawks continue play at 12 p.m. Sunday with a non-conference doubleheader against Franklin & Marshall at Sassafras Field.