Softball playing waiting game, hopes to begin PSAC games Friday

Category:  Sports
Wednesday, March 28th, 2018 at 6:09 PM

If Edinboro’s women’s softball team gets to play their scheduled doubleheaders Friday and Saturday, it will be the first time they take the field in two weeks. The last time they played a game, the sun was shining bright on them in Clermont, Florida.

The Fighting Scots are scheduled to take on Seton Hill University on Friday and Slippery Rock University on Saturday, but weather forecasts put the likelihood of them being played in jeopardy. The team was scheduled to play two doubleheaders last weekend at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, but heavy snow forecasts forced the cancellation of those games.

“I think everybody this week is just in a holding pattern,” Head Softball Coach Dan Gierlak said of the weather threatening the team’s PSAC opening weekend.

The Fighting Scots last played on March 16, when they lost to No. 16 Southern New Hampshire University to conclude their 3-9 spring trip to Salem, Virginia and Clermont. They were hoping to get back on track with a few wins before beginning PSAC play, but now find themselves preparing for conference play without being able to practice on their own field.

“You hope you correct those mistakes in that time where you come back,” Gierlak said. “It gets a little disappointing that you go outside and start playing games, and you get yourself on a regular routine of doing things, and then all of a sudden you’re back indoors. It gets frustrating for the kids.”

Seton Hill split a doubleheader with Wheeling Jesuit University to open their season before going 5-5 during their spring trip from March 4-9. They wouldn’t play again until March 25, when they swept a doubleheader against Salem University to improve to 8-6.

They were scheduled to host West Liberty University for a doubleheader on Tuesday, but those games were postponed. If they play, Friday’s games at Edinboro will be both teams’ first PSAC games.

Slippery Rock has seen the most action between the three teams. They fell to 13-10 after dropping both games of a doubleheader at Lock Haven University on Saturday. 

They were then scheduled to host Clarion University on Wednesday, but those games were postponed to April 3. That was the first time Slippery Rock didn’t play a scheduled game since 2015.

The Rock are scheduled to open PSAC play Friday when they host California University of Pennsylvania for a doubleheader before heading up to Edinboro to face the Fighting Scots on Saturday.

Gierlak said he believes the team will see more consistent success once they are able to practice and play outdoors more consistently.

“Once we get outside and get a routine of playing, we’ll surprise some people,” he said.

If weather permits, the Fighting Scots are set to host Seton Hill Friday, with the first game scheduled for 2:30 p.m. and the second game scheduled for 4:30 p.m., and Slippery Rock Saturday, with the first game scheduled to start at 1 p.m. and the second at 3 p.m. 

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