Softball swept in doubleheaders against Gannon, Seton Hill

Category:  Sports
Wednesday, April 18th, 2018 at 6:05 PM
Softball swept in doubleheaders against Gannon, Seton Hill by Chris Rosato Jr.
Photo: Christopher Rosato Jr.

Softball finally returned to Edinboro after bad weather washed out most of the beginning of PSAC play, but the Fighting Scots were swept in doubleheaders against Gannon University Friday and Seton Hill University Saturday.

Edinboro kept the first game against Gannon interesting, holding the Golden Knights to a 3-1 lead through four innings, but a four-run fifth frame spelled the end for the Fighting Scots. After Carley Nasca was lifted in favor of Amanda Metz at the top of the fifth, Gannon busted out for three doubles and two singles to increase their lead to 7-1.

The Fighting Scots responded by putting two runs on the board in the bottom of the inning, but they wouldn’t come any closer. Gannon added another five runs in the seventh to seal Edinboro’s fate.

Though the 11-3 final score in the second game was similar to the first, the game was anything but. That second game finished in the fifth inning due to the eight-run rule.

Down two runs in the first inning, leadoff hitter Danna Heh singled and stole second base to start the inning, then moved over to third when Shannon Gilbert grounded out to the pitcher. Olivia Jankowski doubled in Heh for Edinboro’s first run.

Gannon scored at least two runs in each inning except for the fifth.

On Saturday, Edinboro was again overpowered as they lost 19-1 in six innings in their first game against Seton Hill.

Heh again scored the first Edinboro run after leading off the bottom of the fourth inning with a single up the middle. After Heh stole second base, Gilbert moved her over to third with a base hit of her own. Jankowski then singled to bring in the Fighting Scots’ only run in the first game.

Edinboro used a remarkably different lineup in the second game, giving bench players an opportunity to start. They put up a fight, losing 6-3 to a Seton Hill lineup that closely resembled the first game’s players.

Edinboro struck first in this game, scoring two in the bottom of the first inning. Courtney Allen singled to left field with one out, and Cheyenne Bothun reached on an error to put runners on first and second. The Fighting Scots found themselves with runners on second and third after catcher Rose Haggerty grounded out to the third baseman.

With two outs, Maycee Shumaker singled up the middle to bring both runners around to score. 

Seton Hill responded with runs in each of the next five innings to take a 6-2 lead. The Griffins won 6-3 after ‘Boro plated one in the seventh.

Edinboro’s record fell to 4-15 overall and 0-6 in PSAC play. They continue conference play Saturday at Slippery Rock University and Sunday when they host The Rock, if weather permits. 

Christopher Rosato Jr. can be reached at sports.spectator@gmail.com

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