After being on the road at Kutztown University the Millersville softball team split a double-header against Slippery Rock University on April 10.
The day’s games brought the team’s season total to 17-22. However, the first game did not start off on the right foot. Slippery Rock managed to score two runs in the top of the first inning off of a double by Jenna Geibel who had an RBI and brought J. Kortz home. The other run was scored off of an error by the left fielder and Geibel herself was able to score.
The score stayed 2-0 Slippery Rock until the fourth inning. In the top half of the fourth, Slippery Rock scored another run by Natalie Atkinson who tripled and a single by Stephanie Collenett who got the RBI. In the bottom of the fourth the Marauders were finally able to get a run on the scoreboard. Sarah Signore began the bottom half of the inning with a single, and Kelly Fitzgerald followed with another single. Fitzgerald’s single gave Signore the opportunity to advance to third.
Then, with Amy Kossyk at bat, Fitzgerald was able to steal second which put the Marauders into scoring position. Kossyk fouled out to left field but was able to make the RBI and Signore scored. At the end of the fourth inning the score was 2-1 in favor of Slippery Rock. In the bottom of the fifth inning the Marauders were able to score three insurance runs.
With two people on base Signore doubled and was able to get two RBIs. The other run was the result of an error by the Slippery Rock first baseman. Millersville thought that they had the game in the bag, but the Rock came out big in the top of the seventh and was able to score three more runs which brought the score to 6-5 in their favor.
After recovering from the loss, the team knew that they had to step up their game. “It definitely fired us up,” first baseman Casey Coker said.
The outcome of the first game had a huge impact on the Lady Maruaders in game two. “Afterwards we all just got together to say that we need to take all of our frustration from the first game and put it into positive in the second game,” Coker said.
Coker also started game two off right with a solo homerun in the bottom of the first inning. The Marauders were able to get two more runs with three hits all together before the end of the first. The Marauders also picked up another run in the second when Deanna Schneiderreit hit a sacrifice bunt that gave Jill Golomboski the opportunity to advance to third, but it was Ally Homa’s ground out to second base which allowed Golomboski to score. The score was 4-2 in favor of Millersville until the fifth inning when both teams added numbers to the scoreboard, which brought the teams totals to 7-3, Millersville.
Millersville was confident with a four run score. However, in the top of the seventh things started to get a little shaky for the Marauders. Lisa Rich came in to pitch for Alicia Hughes and walked the first three batters that she faced. With players on base, Courtney Eckman was brought in to pitch. With the pitching change also came three more runs for the Rock. But their rally wasn’t enough to surpass the Lady Marauders, who won the game 7-6.
The next double-header for the softball team brought them another two wins against Holy Family University, which was played at home April 11. In game one, the scoreboard was quickly filled in the bottom of the first, when Signore singled and then was able to advance to second on a wild pitch.
The next batter up, Fitzgerald, was able to bring the runner home with a double. The Lady Marauders were able to keep Holy Family scoreless until the top of the fourth when Tiger Cassandra Black homered and brought in three runs. Millersville retaliated right back in the top of the fourth when Lindsay Hosier doubled and Fitzgerald was able to bring her home with a single. Millersville scored one more run the in the sixth inning and was able to secure to the win. The final score was Millersville six and Holy Family three.
The second game was a huge win for the Marauders. Holy Family scored their only run in the top of the third, while Millersville was able to rack up five runs throughout the game. Two runs occurred in the bottom of the third, and three runs in the fifth when Homa hit a homerun. This double win is exactly what the Lady Marauders needed after losing five of their last six games.