It was a rough day for the Millersville University softball team, who traveled to Shippensburg University for a doubleheader on Sunday. The games were originally scheduled for Friday April 4th, but were postponed due to poor weather conditions.
Game one featured plenty of offense which Millersville dropped by a score of 6-3. Ace Brianna Andraos was on the mound for Millersville, but was chased after 1.2 innings. Shippensburg jumped out to an early 1-0 lead, and poured it on in the second.
The Raiders’ Kirsten McClune smacked a double to left center field to make the score 3-0. Later in the inning Andraos walked in another run and was replaced by Amanda Wink. However, she did not fare much better against the Raider offense, as Liz Parkins smacked a double to right center field.
Wink was able to get Jessie Trammell to groundout, finally ending the inning, but the damage was done, with the score 6-0. Millersville managed to get on the board in the top of the third, when Stephanie Kulp hit a single down the leftfield line, scoring pinch runner Yisleidy Minaya-Vargas.
Then in the fourth, Maria Spinosa doubled to right center off Raiders starter Emily Estep, making it 6-2. Estep’s day was done, as Shippensburg’s Makenzie Lynn came in to pitch the fifth inning. Millersville managed to cut the deficit in half during the fifth when Gabbie Berry singled to bring in Kulp. The Marauders would be held scoreless for the remainder of the game, with the team failing to complete the comeback.
The second game showcased the long ball, as both teams had a player swing for the fences. Millersville jumped out to an early 1-0 lead but saw it evaporate in the second inning as Parkins hit a solo shot off Andraos to tie the contest.
The girls were down 2-1 in the fifth when Danielle DiFilippo stepped to the plate and blasted a two run bomb to left center field off Estep. It was DiFilippo’s first homerun of the season and put the Marauders in front 3-2. Millersville saw their slim lead erased in the sixth by Pattillo who delivered a two run triple to give Shippensburg the 4-3 lead.
The Marauders were retired in order in the top of the seventh, as they dropped the second half of the doubleheader. Andraos was tagged with her eighth loss of the season, as she gave up four runs off nine hits over six innings of work.
The loss drops the team to 15-15 and .500 for the season. Millersville returns to action on April 8th with a doubleheader at home against Bloomsburg. Game one is slated for 2:30, while game two is expected to start at 4:30.