First place Griffins take down Scots at 'Boro

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Wednesday, April 17th, 2019 at 11:08 PM
First place Griffins take down Scots at 'Boro by Chris Rosato Jr.
Photo: Grace Montgomery

In a week full of weather-induced game changes, the only doubleheader played as scheduled resulted in a pair of losses for Edinboro when first-place Seton Hill rolled into town Saturday.

The Fighting Scots couldn’t complete a last-inning comeback in game one, falling 4-2.

The Griffins threatened in every inning of this first contest, but didn’t start the scoring until the top of the second frame. With a runner on second, Morgan Toal doubled to left field to give Seton Hill a 1-0 lead. Edinboro starter Carley Nasca was then able to escape the inning by retiring the next three batters.

Chelsea Rohan reached first base in the third inning for the Griffins, moving to third thanks to a sacrifice bunt and a ground ball out from her teammates. Nasca then hit Nichole McClendon to put runners on the corners, and Alexis Vargas tripled to give Seton Hill a 3-0 lead.

The Griffins added another run in the fourth inning, forcing Edinboro head coach Dan Gierlak to bring Amanda Metz in to pitch. She earned a strikeout and induced a ground out to strand a pair of runners. She would keep the Griffins offense quiet to finish the game.

Edinboro didn’t earn their first base runner against Seton Hill starter Devyn Terry until the bottom of the fourth, when Danna Heh was hit by a pitch. Toal would then throw her out trying to steal second base and the rest of the Fighting Scots went down in order.

Victoria Allocco helped Edinboro to their first runs in the bottom of the seventh with a two-run home run, getting the Scots offense started with one out.

“I was looking all outside [because] she was pitching all outside today,” Allocco said of the at-bat. “I was just looking for a pitch to hit over the plate and [to] just drive it the other way [to] score a run.”

Shannon Gilbert followed with a base hit to left. Courtney Allen came on to pinch run with Edinboro down 4-2, but was picked off by the catcher for the second out. A strikeout sealed Edinboro’s fate in the loss.

“I think we’ve learned a lot, that we’re never down enough and you’re never up enough,” Edinboro Head Softball Coach Dan Gierlak said. “We can score runs in bunches when we swing it, and we didn’t swing it very well today.”

Nasca took the loss, bringing her record to 10-6 for the season.

Seton Hill then benefited from poor Edinboro defense in game two to sweep the Fighting Scots with a 7-1 victory.

“We gave them too many opportunities...and against good teams you can’t give them extra outs,” Gierlak said of game two. “We just didn’t play with the sense of urgency today.”

Metz started game two for the Fighting Scots and was perfect through the first two innings. She gave up a base hit to lead off the third inning, but Seton Hill wouldn’t get on the board until the fourth.

Christiana Skrabak hit a solo home run with one out in the top of the fourth, spurring Seton Hill’s offense into motion. Rohan followed with a single, moving to second base when Vargas was hit by a pitch.

McClendon attempted to sacrifice bunt them over, but popped up to Metz for the second out instead. Megan Miller then singled to score Rohan before Metz could earn a strikeout to get out of the inning.

Seton Hill starter Skyla Greco was perfect into the fourth inning, when Heather Barrett broke up the perfect game with a base hit. With two outs,

Shannon Gilbert reached base when Vargas failed to get the force out at second. Allocco then doubled to bring in Edinboro’s lone run of the game.

Greco surrendered just two more hits through the final three innings. She improved her record to 9-6 with the win.

Nasca came on to relieve Metz in the top of the fifth inning, but a trio of errors gave Seton Hill another four runs. Ashley Boehm led off with a hard ground ball that tipped off the bottom of Allocco’s glove and into left field. Brooke Bower then reached base when her grounder bounced off the wrist of Brittany Allen at shortstop.

Jenna Osikowicz laid down a bunt intended to sacrifice the runners over, but placed the bunt well enough to successfully reach first herself, loading the bases with no outs. Nasca started the Seton Hill scoring by hitting the next batter, increasing their lead to 3-1.

Another fielding error cleared the bases, boosting the lead to 6-1. Nasca would escape the inning without further damage.

“As a pitcher, that kills you,” Gierlak said of the errors. “That gave them life. We should’ve been out of the inning, and now we’re scrambling to get an out.”

In the sixth inning, Boehm led off with a triple. Bower then singled, putting runners on the corners to begin the inning. Down by five runs, Edinboro elected to throw out Bower attempting to steal second base, allowing Boehm to score.

Metz was on the hook for the loss, bringing her record to 3-9 on the season. Edinboro’s record fell to 13-15 overall and 4-6 in PSAC West play.

They fell to fifth place in the West with the losses.

The Fighting Scots were scheduled to host Mercyhurst Friday, but weather forecasts forced a postponement to Tuesday. On Monday, the team announced those games had been postponed again to Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

“We’re looking for a sweep (against Mercyhurst). And for the rest of the season, we’re looking for sweeps,” Allocco said. “We can’t split anymore, but I’m hopeful for the future. I think we’re going to do good.”

Christopher Rosato Jr. | sports.spectator@gmail.com

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