The Shippensburg University Softball team had a strong week, going 3-1 featuring a split against Lock Haven University Tuesday afternoon and a sweep of Millersville University on senior day Saturday morning.
The Raiders fell behind early in the first game of the doubleheader to the Bald Eagles. The Bald Eagles scored back-to-back home runs in the top of the first inning.
Lock Haven’s Summer Peters started the scoring with a two-run home run, and Haley Lestician added a solo home run to extend the lead to 3-0 in the first inning. An RBI single gave the Bald Eagles a 4-0 lead in the top of the third inning.
The Raiders would respond in the bottom of the third from a two-run home run shot from Senior Hannah Marsteller to cut the lead to 4-2. Lock Haven responded right back in the top of the fourth with an RBI walk and two runs scored on a Raider error to extend the lead to 7-2. The Raiders responded right back and scored a run off a Lock Haven throwing error and an RBI single by Morgan Lindsay.
Shippensburg would rally again in the bottom of the seventh inning, with a two-run double from freshman Kaira Zamadics and an RBI single from pinch hitter Ally Weaver to tie the game at seven and head into extra innings.
An RBI single from Lock Haven’s Riley McClellan scored the game-winning run. The Raiders were not able to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth inning and dropped the game to the Bald Eagles 8-7.
In game two, the Raiders started strong with two base hits from Junior Alyssa Nehlen and Zamadics getting RBIs. The Bald Eagles scored a run in the top of the sixth after a triple from Bella Schmitt and an RBI single from Peters.
Shippensburg scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth, three of which came from a three-run home run from Hannah Marsteller. The Raiders won game two 7-1 and won three out of the four weekend games against the Bald Eagles.
Shippensburg would exact revenge on Millersville, winning both games by at least four runs on a windy senior day. Lindsay had a two-run single in the bottom of the first, bringing home Taylor Myers and Marsteller, who broke the school record for career runs with 170.
Marsteller would score again in the bottom of the third, bringing the Raider lead to 3-0 before a solo home run by Millersville’s Gabby D’Ottavio in the top of the fourth cut the lead to 3-1. The Raiders scored two more runs, with Weaver reaching home plate and Marsteller getting an RBI single, with Shippensburg winning game one 5-1.
Shippensburg started strong again, with another RBI single from Marsteller to start scoring in the bottom of the first inning. The next runs scored came in the bottom of the fifth inning, getting a two-run double from Caitlyn Martell, an RBI single by Marsteller and Zamadics, and an RBI walk by Katelyn Minney to extend the lead to 6-0.
The Raiders scored two more runs in the bottom of the sixth from Marauder error and an RBI double by Martell, ending the game as a Raider 8-0 win. Shippensburg would tie the overall series with Millersville 2-2.
The Raiders now sit at 22-15 overall and 16-10 in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) and are fourth in the PSAC East division.
They return to Rob Field Monday afternoon to host non-conference Holy Family before resuming conference play against Mansfield Tuesday. The Raiders end the regular season with a Friday home doubleheader against rival West Chester before traveling to Kutztown for a Saturday doubleheader.
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