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Softball fights back against Raiders in doubleheader

Chris Norton
Sports Editor

With their sights set on a spot in the PSAC Tournament, the Lady Marauders softball team fell one game shy of fulfilling their season. The Raiders of Shippensburg controlled the low-scoring first game, leading to their 1-0 win. In game two, however, Millersville refused to lie down and accept a sweep, defeating Shippensburg 1-0.
Sarah Bertoni pitched to her best abilities in game one, and was able to hold back the Raiders’ attack, only allowing one run to be scored. The Lady Marauders’ offense failed to reciprocate, unable to overcome the 11 strikeouts by Shippensburg pitcher Mackenzie Lynn. The only run scored was Kirstin McClune’s game-winning RBI single. Despite the loss, Bertoni recorded another significant number of innings pitched putting her at a mere two innings away from breaking her personal record for innings pitched in a season, previously set at 150.

The Lady Marauders refused to be swept by Shippensburg.
The Lady Marauders refused to be swept by Shippensburg.

Ginely Ortiz-Marrero and Jordan Sheffield were two of the five Lady Marauders to record one hit, when they hit back-to-back singles setting up an opportune chance to score. The inning ended, however, with no runs scored after Ortiz-Marrero was thrown out attempting to steal third base.
Another prime chance for Millersville to put themselves on the board came in the top of the ninth inning, when the Lady Marauders loaded the bases. Danielle DiFilippo singled to center field, and after Gabbie Berry was walked, Jamie Motsko singled into left immediately after. The potential runs were ended, unfortunately, after the Raiders recorded a double-play to end the inning.
The loss that ended their PSAC Tournament contention did not deter Millersville from putting their best feet forward in game two. Freshman pitcher Brianna Andraos threw a three-hit shutout in the Lady Marauders’ 1-0 victory.
After an in-field error by Shippensburg, Millersville scored their first and only run of the game. Despite little offense, Andraos refused to let the Raiders take advantage. The shutout was her seventh of the year, and her 13th complete game. Two of Andraos’ last three starts have, impressively, now been shutouts.
After the split, Millersville’s record now stands at 29-19 overall, with a 5-9 PSAC East record. With two game left in the season, the Lady Marauders are in position to set a university softball record for most wins in a season. The record was set in 2006 win the team won 30 games. In order to obtain this record, Millersville will have to sweep West Chester in their upcoming doubleheader on Saturday at 1 p.m.