Lions take two, lose two and split two, too

The College played in three separate doubleheaders last week. The Lions were swept in one, swept their opponent in the other and split the third.

The first doubleheader occurred at Muhlenberg College as the Lions swept the Mules in two contests.

Game one was an extra-inning affair, as the Lions came out on top 2-1. The lone two runs by the Lions were both unearned, including the winning run, which was scored by freshman infielder Kathy Sikora.

Sophomore Ashley Minervini kept the game close as she hurled a complete game four-hitter, allowing only one unearned run while striking out five batters.

“I am happy about my performance, but there is always room for improvement,” Minervini said. “The pitching staff as a whole worked very hard and made great strides as far as experience and confidence.”

The nightcap was a completely different game, as the College poured on the offense in a 12-1 rout. Nine of those runs were scored in the third inning.

Senior infielder/outfielder Christina Lizzi led the onslaught as she went 3-for-4 with four RBIs, while Sikora added a 2-for-3 day of her own that included three RBIs.

“It was one of our better performances on the year, if not the best,” junior catcher Kelly Armstrong said.

After heading home, the Lions dropped both games of the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) double-dip with the No. 8 Roadrunners of Ramapo College.

The Roadrunners took the first matchup 6-4. They went up early, grabbing two runs in the second. After the Lions cut the deficit in half in the third, the Roadrunners took it to them in the fifth, piling on three runs to take the lead for good.

In the second game, the result was the same. This time, however, the Lions were blanked 2-0.

The College only managed six hits on the game, including two by sophomore infielder Rachel Greeby.

“We went into the games with nothing to lose, and we knew we had the ability to beat them,” sophomore outfielder Danielle Hagel, who belted a solo home run in game one to put the Lions within one run, said. “I hope we get to see them again in the postseason because I know we can beat them.”

Hagel’s confidence translated partially into the result of the third two-game set, as the College split with Drew University at Lions’ park on Sunday.

The Rangers claimed victory in the first game 6-2. In the sixth inning, they broke open a 2-2 tie by bringing in four runs.

The Lions got redemption as they took the final contest 5-1. The Rangers jumped out early after their half of the first inning, but the Lions came back after Hagel smacked a sacrifice fly to knot the game up in the third. In the fourth, the College took the lead for good as they added four runs that inning.

Greeby contributed to the offensive once again, scoring two runs on a single. Sikora and freshman infielder Colleen Cawley each helped out with two hits apiece.

Freshman pitcher Alex Sietsma notched her third win on the campaign with a complete game four-hitter.

“We should have won all six games, and I feel like we should be playing a lot better,” Hagel said. “We are so talented, but we just aren’t playing to win. We’re playing to do well, but we need to play to win.”

The Lions head back to work on Thursday, as they head to Pennsylvania to face Haverford College in a 3 p.m. start.