Susquehanna softball gets kicked by Mules

BY LEAH LEAHY, STAFF WRITER

The Susquehanna softball team fell to the Muhlenberg Mules in two consecutive games on Saturday, April 12. The losses were their 10th and 11th of the season, however the matchup with Muhlenberg was not a conferenc game. The Crusaders lost both games of the double header, falling 3-1 in the first and 3-2
in the second. Junior pitcher Morgan Lewis opened up the first game, aiding the Crusaders with seven strikeouts and two walks. Lewis only allowed the Mules
to score three runs throughout the game. Sophomore outfielder Amanda Neveroski and freshman third baseman Lauren Creamer
also assisted the Crusader effort in the first game, contributing to the six hits. Neveroski went one for three with one run batted in, and Creamer scored the only run of the first game in the bottom of the third for Susquehanna. Muhlenburg started quickly scoring two of their three runs in the second inning. The Crusaders cut the lead to just one run in the third inning, but the Mules tacked on an insurance run in the seventh to earn a 3-1 victory. Susquehanna 2, Muhlenberg 3. Susquehanna struggled to score runs in the second game as well, falling to Muhlenberg 3-2. The Crusaders out-hit the Mules eight to six, but failed to execute with runners on, leading to the one run loss. Junior first baseman Bridget Rafter, sophomore designated hitter Claire Hanratty and left fielder Anna Heggenstaller all contributed to the Crusader attack in game two. Rafter and Hanratty helped with two hits each, while Heggenstaller
landed Susquehanna’s only RBI Freshman pitcher Jamie Fesinstine pitched all seven innings of game two with an outstanding performance. She
allowed six hits while striking out nine players. She also did not allow a single walk. Game two began to pick up at the top of the fourth inning when the Mules scored all three of their runs. Sophomore second baseman Taylor Trifiolis drove in two of the runs with a single in the top of the fourth. After a scoreless fifth inning, the Crusaders fought back in the bottom of the sixth inning when an error by Muhlenberg allowed senior shorstop Sam LaCoe to reach base.
A second error by the third basemen allowed the second and final run to score for the Crusaders. Despite scoring two runs in the sixth, Susquehanna was unable to push across the tying run in the final inning and fell 3-2. The Crusaders will host two final games before the Landmark Championships begin. On Saturday April 26 the Crusaders will host Drew in their final Landmark matchup before the season wraps up. Following Drew, the Crusaders
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