Softball team takes two of four games for the week

The College’s softball team went 2-2 this week, taking two games from Muhlenberg College on Wednesday, March 21 and losing two games to SUNY Cortland on Saturday, March 24.

The Lions split a pair of series. (Ashley Long / Photo Editor)

In the first game, the Lions piled it on early by putting up seven runs in the first two innings, and closing out the game with a final score of 9-1. Senior outfielder Crystal Lee went 3-4 at the plate with a stolen base, an RBI and a run scored.

Sophomore shortstop Kristen Lake and junior centerfielder Liz Huttner also had two hits apiece in the offensive effort. Senior pitcher Lauren Fitzsimmons was dominant on the mound, allowing only one run in five innings while striking out five.

In the second game, sophomore pitcher Alex Carisone held Muhlenberg scoreless through seven innings, striking out three and walking only two. The College struck first, scoring one in the first inning when Huttner doubled to bring in Lee. Junior third baseman Kelly Hommen hit a two-run home run in the third inning to add to the lead.

The Lions’ fortune turned later in the week, when they dropped both halves of a double header in their home opener to SUNY Cortland.

Cortland took the first game with a final score of 6-2. The Lions held a 2-0 lead after three innings of play, but saw it disappear in the later innings when Cortland’s bats awoke, accounting for two runs in the fourth inning, one in the fifth, one in the sixth and then two more in the seventh. Fitzsimmons took the loss on the hill. Huttner had another good game at the plate, going two for three with an RBI and a stolen base.

The Lions lost the second game to SUNY Cortland by a decisive final of 9-1 in only five innings of play. Carisone allowed nine runs in four and one-third innings of work, and the Lions mustered only four hits in the loss.

The games scheduled against Franklin and Marshall College for Sunday, March 25 were cancelled. The Lions will resume action in a doubleheader at home on Wednesday, March 28 against Messiah College.