Crusaders win three, pause one at home

BY FRANCESCA CHIAMULERA, STAFF WRITER

Crusaders swept a non-conference doubleheader from the Gettysburg Bullets.

The Susquehanna softball team won game one 9-1 in six innings. The Crusaders allowed one run all afternoon while making four runs in the bottom of the fourth.

Sophomore Madison Clark brought home the first two runs of the game with a double to left field. Clark came around to score on a sacrifice fly with the fourth run scoring on an error. In the sixth inning, the Crusaders drew five walks.

Sophomore Brianna Murphy went 2-4 with an RBI in the opener. She said, “We played a really good game. It’s been a tough season but we’ve worked hard to get where we are.” Six different players had an RBI for the Crusaders. The Crusaders added five runs in the bottom of the sixth to close the game.

In the nightcap, Susquehanna did all its damage in the second inning with 10 batters stepping up to the plate. The Crusaders picked up five runs on three hits, two walks, a hit-by-pitch, and an error.

The Crusaders scored all five runs in the second game, while Murphy got an RBI single. With the bases loaded, senior Larissa Luu was hit by a pitch, giving the Crusaders a final win of 5-0.

The Crusaders played a back-to-back game against Lebanon Valley that ended in a 7-6 Crusader victory along with a 10-inning game Wednesday that saw 11 runs scored in extra innings.

Sophomore Morgan Lewis pitched the first eight innings and gave up five runs. Susquehanna tied it up at the bottom of the fifth inning.

Brianna Murphy made two runs. It remained tied at 1-1 after the seventh inning, resulting in extra innings for the teams. In the eighth inning, Lebanon Valley ended it with a 5-1 lead.

The Crusaders did not let that discourage them; they countered with a four-run inning. Sophomore Brittany Devlin said, “They were a good team, and we played really well against them.”

Game two of the doubleheader was halted in the third inning due to rain with two outs in the bottom of the third with Susquehanna leading 2-0.

The Crusaders will hit the field again Saturday, April 27, at Scranton.