MORRISTOWN, N.J. – Freshman outfielder Valerie Lasko hit her first collegiate home run and drove in two runs while junior Noelle Grande scored twice as Saint Elizabeth defeated visiting Albertus Magnus 5-4 in the first game of a non-conference doubleheader Tuesday afternoon at Convent Field.
On a windy day when the Screaming Eagles athletics department celebrated National Student-Athlete Day with a Think Pink initiative, the softball team excited the home fans by tying the score in the first inning.
Grande walked to lead off the bottom of the frame and stole second. She eventually scored on a wild pitch to make it 1-1.
With Albertus Magnus holding a 2-1 lead, Grande again walked and stole a base. She tied the game again as the ball got away from the Albertus Magnus catcher. The visitors assumed the lead again, 3-2, in the fourth inning before Lasko’s drive over the center field fence in the bottom of the fifth knotted the score once again.
The Screaming Eagles (4-20) surged into the lead with two runs in the bottom of the sixth. After a pair of Saint Elizabeth batters reached on errors and scored once, Lasko singled to center to drive home pitcher Catherine Eber for a 5-3 lead.
Eber (4-8) escaped a jam in the top of the seventh inning, inducing a pair of pop flies to pick up her fourth win of the season.
Albertus Magnus (11-15) won the second game 12-3 to earn the split. Grande led the Screaming Eagles offense with two hits, two stolen bases and a run scored.
Saint Elizabeth hits the road for its next three doubleheaders, traveling to Rutgers-Newark, Penn State-Harrisburg and Wilson over four days. The Screaming Eagles return to Convent Field on Tuesday, April 17 for a North Eastern Athletic Conference doubleheader with Penn State-Abington. The first pitch is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.