BY LEAH LEAHY, STAFF WRITER
The Susquehanna softball team tackled a four-game matchup this weekend, conquering the Moravian Greyhounds, but falling to Montclair State Sunday afternoon.
With the first double-header matchup on Saturday afternoon with Moravian, the Crusaders had a chance to grab conference wins, taking both games by a run.
Junior pitcher Morgan Lewis and freshman pitcher Jamie Fesinstine stepped into the circle in the game, with Fesinstine pitching the final two-thirds of the seventh for the win. Senior Sam LaCoe brought home the winning run in the bottom of the inning, bringing home junior third baseman Alyssa Cantalini.
The score remained still at 2-1 until the bottom of the fourth. Junior second baseman Stephanie Chlebove stepped up, landing a hit to right field, giving Susquehanna a 3-2 lead.
Cantalini stepped up to the plate, landing a hit to center field to set the stage for LaCoe.
Game two of the double header started off with the Crusaders taking a lead by four runs. Moravian responded with two runs in the first inning.
Susquehanna continued to keep up the competition by contributing two more runs in the third inning, with contributions by sophomore outfielder Amanda Neveroski, making the score 6-2.
At the top of the seventh inning, the Greyhounds battled to make a mark on the board; however, Moravian failed to do so when the Crusaders closed out game two with an 8-4 lead at the top of the seventh that remained as the final score of game two.
The Crusaders entered their Sunday matchup against Montclair State with two wins, but ended the four-game weekend with two straight losses.
Neveroski said: “I think the team has grown a lot from the beginning of the season.. We started out with many new players and switched a lot of positions around and had to ultimately start fresh. I think we are now meshing more and playing more smoothly to get back into our normal routine of playing quality softball.”
In the opening game, Lewis pitched six innings, allowing five hits and three runs while throwing six strikeouts.
Montclair State kick-started the scoring in the bottom of the third, scoring each of their three runs. Cantalini and sophomore first baseman Sarah Bush failed to reach base for the final outs of the game. The Crusaders fell to the Red Hawks in game one of the matchup with a score of 3-0.
Unfortunately for the Crusaders, the Red Hawks jumped out to a lead beginning in the bottom of the first inning of game two. Fesinstine allowed four runs on five hits, allowing Montclair to put themselves on the board.
The game remained 1-1 until the bottom of the third inning when Montclair added another run to their score. The Red Hawks kept up the lead, scoring twice in the fifth inning, leaving them with the final score of the game at 4-1.
Bush said: “I think one of the things that really helped us in our double headers this week is we are a family, not just a team.This really gives us a leg up over our competition. There is a true family dynamic between us. We are able to pick each other up and help each other improve our game every day.”
Susquehanna will face Elizabethtown for a double header on Saturday afternoon, following with a home double header against Scranton on Sunday afternoon. Both of the matchups are conference games.