The College of Saint Elizabeth dropped a pair of games to Penn St Abington, 5-3 and 8-2 on Saturday.
In game 1, Christina Scolaro took the mound for the Eagles. She pitched and easy 1st inning, allowing just 1 base runner. The Eagles couldn’t manufacture any base runners in the first 2 innings, entering the 3rd inning with a scoreless tie. In the top of the 3rd inning, Shelia O’Hagen connected for a 2 run home run to left center, giving the Nittany Lions a 2-0 lead. In the bottom of 3rd inning, Kristene Brady-Downes and Valerie Lasko lead off the inning with back to back singles. After a Sacrifice bunt by Christina Scolaro, Nicole Morera singled to first base, driving in both runners. Kayala Gonzalez followed that up with an RBI single of her own, giving the Eagles a 3-2 lead.
The Eagles couldn’t hold the lead for long as Penn St answered with 2 runs of their own in the top of the 4th, taking the lead back at 4-3. The Eagles couldn’t manage to score a run in the next 2 innings, trailing 4-3 heading into the 7th inning. The Nittany Lions added an insurance run in the top of the 7th inning to take a 2 run lead into the final half inning. CSE was unable to get any base runners in the inning, dropping game 1, 5-3.
The Nittany Lions got on the board in the top of the first inning, taking a 1-0 lead. Despite being in more trouble, Danesha Triplett pitched out of a jam to hold Abington to just one run in the inning. The Eagles struggled at the dish through the first 2 innings, as they were unable to score any runs. Penn St added another run in the top of the 3rd inning to take a 2-0 lead. With a runner on 3rd and 2 outs, Nicole Morera made a diving catch, saving a run.
Abington added a run in the top of the 5th inning to open up a 3 run lead. In the bottom of the 5th, Danesha Triplett got the Eagles going with a leadoff double. Unfortunately, the Eagles were unable to drive her home. The Nittany Lions added 2 more in the top of the 5th inning to take a 5-0 lead. The Eagles finally got on the board in the bottom of the 5th when Christina Scolaro scored all the way from first, thanks to an error by the right fielder. Abington added on 3 more runs in the top of the 7th to take a 7 run lead. The Eagles managed to score a run in the bottom of the 7th inning but couldn’t manage any more as the fell 8-2.
The Eagles return to action on Sunday when they travel to Valley Forge for a non-conference doubleheader starting at 2 pm.