The Shippensburg University softball team swept its double header this week against Lock Haven University. The Raiders (9-6 3-1 PSAC East) won both games against their Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference foe (PSAC) Bald Eagles (11-9, 1-3 PSAC East) 5-4 and 6-4.
In the first game, the Raiders jumped out in front in the first inning. Graduate student Hannah Marsteller hit a two-run home run and got the Raiders an early 2-0 lead.
After the homerun, Maelynn Leber reached base thanks to a throwing error by the third baseman. The error allowed Morgan Lindsay to cross the plate and extended the Raiders’ lead to 3-0.
In the bottom half of the first inning, the Bald Eagles scored two runs on two sacrifice flies that allowed the runners to tag up at third base and come across. The Bald Eagles cut into the lead and cut it to one run 3-2.
After a scoreless third inning, Leber grounded into a fielder’s choice. The Bald Eagles tagged the runner at second. Sophomore Katelyn Minney scored, and the Raiders extended their lead to 4-2.
In the bottom of the fourth, Brodzina got a hit that got into right field. McClellan scored to cut the lead back to a one run game 4-3.
Each team scored one more run in the top half of the fifth inning, and the Raiders took the first game of the double header 5-4.
Senior pitcher Emma Flattery got the win on the mound for the Raiders. Flattery pitched seven innings, allowing two runs and five hits.
In the second game, the Bald Eagles got on the board in the first inning when Bella Schmitt hit a single down the infield line and one run crossed home, which gave the Eagles a 1-0 lead.
The Raiders fought back in the third and fourth innings and scored a combined five runs. The scoring run started when Marsteller doubled and sent one run across to tie the game up at one.
Junior Taylor Myers then hit an RBI single to left center field, which allowed Marsteller to score and gave the Raiders a 2-1 lead. In the fourth inning, the Raiders scored the remaining three of the five runs, two of which came across after a double from Marsteller. Then, Myers hit a single that allowed Marsteller to cross home plate. The Raiders lead the Bald Eagles 5-1 through five innings.
In the sixth, the Raiders added one more run to their lead after a wild pitch — Marsteller scored, which added to the lead.
The Bald Eagles scored three more runs in the bottom half of the sixth inning, but the late charge was not enough, and the Raiders won the second game 6-4.
Redshirt senior Maddie Uschock was credited with the win on the mound for the Raiders in the second game of Tuesday’s double header. Uschock pitched five innings, allowed two runs and struck out five batters.
Leber pitched two innings, allowed two hits and two runs and had one strikeout in a relief effort on the mound for the Raiders.
The Raiders were scheduled to play a double header on Sunday against Holy Family, but it was canceled. The Raiders return to the field on Tuesday for a double header against Shepherd University. First pitch from Robb Field is set for 1 p.m