Softball splits big doubleheader against Shippensburg Raiders

Last weekend the Millersville’s softball team was hard at work, playing consecutive double-headers against Shippensburg and West Chester University.

When they last played Shippensburg March 27, the Marauders swept the Raiders in a 6-5, 8-6 win.

Game one on Friday against the Raiders began with one run and three hits for Shippensburg in the first inning. Despite hard work and four hits, Millersville could not cross home plate until the top of the fourth inning. Allison Chew started off with a single, and advanced to second on Jill Golomboski’s bunt. Ally Homa also bunted, allowing Chew to make the turn to third. Lindsay Hosier hit a homerun to send both herself and Chew home, scoring two points for MU.

The Lady Marauders were not through yet, though. Sarah Signore singled out to right field, before Casey Coker sent the ball left. Already on second, Signore stole third, while Coker waited patiently at first. When Amy Kossyk sent a single up the middle, Signore headed home. Anna Libby’s fly ball ended the inning, and the Marauders were ahead 3-1.

In the bottom of the inning, the most Shippensburg could muster was a quick two hits and one run.

Millersville added to their total in the sixth, scoring three runs off four hits. Signore got on base with another single. Coker again followed up with a single, allowing Signore to advance all the way to third.

Kossyk’s at bat brought her two RBIs as both Signore and Keena Elbin, Coker’s pinch runner, scored for the Lady Marauders.

The game continued scoreless all the way to the bottom of the seventh, when the Raiders managed to put one more run on the board. The Marauders took game one with a score of 6-3.

Game two started with a Millersville run. Coker’s RBI brought home Hosier before the teams switched positions. Shippensburg fared similarly, scoring a single run but left three players on base when the inning ended.

Millersville’s answering run in the second was overshadowed by the Raiders impressive three points.

The third inning was scoreless for both teams. Millersville managed to bring a runner home in the fourth. Schneiderrei doubled out to left field, and advanced all the way to third before making the run on a throwing error. Without a run from Shippensburg, the score at the top of the fifth was a manageable 3-4, Shippensburg.

Although the Raiders were not far ahead of the Marauders, the home team could not capitalize on the opportunity to score and handed over the bat without putting any runs on the board. The Raiders refused to make the same mistake and quickly added three runs to their total.

Feeling the pressure, Millersville rallied in the sixth. Golomboksi started the inning with a single passed second base, making it to first before stealing second. She then scored on Schneiderrei’s RBI. Homa stole home later in the inning before Kossyk’s RBI allowed Signore to score. The three runs for Millersville brought them close to catching Shippensburg with a score of 6-7, Raiders.

Although Shippensburg did not score for the remainder of the game, neither did Millersville, and the Marauders lost game two of the doubleheader by a single run.

The split puts the Lady Marauder record at 22-23 for the season so far.