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Offense Struggles in Defeat

Offense Struggles in Defeat

The College of St Elizabeth’s softball team dropped a pair of games to Penn St Berks, 14-0 and 18-2 on Saturday.

In game 1, Penn State Berks jumped out to an early 3-0 lead thanks to back to back doubles. Christina Scolaro, on the mound for the Eagles, settled down and got out of the jam without any further damage.  Julie Rodriguez had the defensive play of the game in the 2nd inning, making a diving catch, saving a run. The Nittany Lions managed to add 5 more runs in the 2nd inning, opening up a 9-0 lead. Penn St added 3 more runs in the 3rd inning to go up by 12.

Christina Scolaro settled down in the 4th inning, pitching an easy 1-2-3 inning. The Eagles continued to struggle at the plate and couldn’t manage to get a base runner through the first 4 innings. The Eagles couldn’t manage a hit in the 5th inning, falling victim to a perfect game by Casey Hafer in the 14-0 defeat.

Game 2 started out similar to game 1 for the Nittany Lions, platting 3 across in the 1st inning. In the bottom of the first, the Eagles had a threat going when Valerie Lasko reach on an error. Christina Scolaro followed with a hit by pitch, and after a wild pitch, the Eagles had 2nd and 3rd with no outs. Unfortunately for the Eagles, they couldn’t manage to get a run across the plate, trailing 3-0 after the first. Penn St Berks ran away with the game in the 3rd inning, scoring 9 runs in the inning to open up a 13-0 lead.

In the bottom of the 3rd inning, Scolaro got the first hit of the day for the Eagles, lining a single to left center. Nicole Morera followed that up with a single of her own before Kayla Gonzalez drove both runners home with a double. The Nittany Lions added 5 more runs in the top of the 4th inning to take an 18-2 lead. The Eagles could not manage to get any closer, losing the game 18-2.

The Eagles drop to 3-9 overall and 1-5 in the NEAC. CSE returns to action on Tuesday when they travel to Penn St. Abington for a conference double header.