The College’s softball team had a rough day at the plate against two very strong opponents on Saturday at the Salisbury Invitational in Maryland.
The Lions took on Capital University in the first game. The Crusaders put the first run on the board in the third inning when their centerfielder, Jessica Stoltz, reached on a walk, was moved over to second on a bunt and eventually scored on an error.
Capital then built onto their lead in the sixth inning, when first baseman Lexi Majoy homered to right center. The Lions mustered only two hits — both doubles — from sophomore shortstop Kristen Lake and from junior centerfielder Liz Huttner. Capital pitcher Jessica Montgomery was on top of her game Saturday, allowing only four College base runners over the course of the game.
“As a team we are struggling at the plate and we will make more adjustments for the next few games,” junior infielder Ashley Sogluizzo said. “It is still early in the season so there’s plenty of time to make adjustments and be successful.”
The team then squared off against 18th-ranked Salisbury University, who finished the day with an impressive 15-5 record. Opening the scoring similarly to their first game of the day, the Lions allowed an unearned run to the host Sea Gulls in the second inning, and Salisbury didn’t look back from there, plating four more runs to hold off the Lions. Unable to respond to the Sea Gulls’ pitching the Lions fell, 5-0.
“We have to give credit to a pitcher when she is good and the Salisbury pitcher was definitely one of the best pitchers we’ve seen so far,” senior outfielder Crystal Lee said. “But on our end, we didn’t make as many adjustments as we needed to in the box to be successful. In our next games we need to come out and play hard and play to our full potential. We need to learn from our experiences this past weekend and make adjustments more quickly.”
The Lions will look to turn their play around when they take on Muhlenberg College on Wednesday, March 21 in a doubleheader, and then host their home opener against 13th-ranked SUNY Cortland in a doubleheader on Saturday, March 24.