March 23, 2010

Bloomsburg Softball Sweeps Lock Haven

Game One Box Score

Game Two Box Score

BLOOMSBURG-The Bloomsburg University softball team, ranked 13th in the country, swept a pair of games from the defending NCAA Division II champion Lock Haven Lady Eagles on Tuesday by scores of 10-4 and 11-6. Game two was called after five and a half innings due to rain and darkness.

In the opener the Huskies fell behind 3-0 in the top of the third inning when the visitors got four hits and took advantage of an error. Bloomsburg started to rally with a run in the bottom of the third inning when Mandy Koch (Dauphin/Central Dauphin) hit a solo homer. The Huskies then scored four in the home fourth take a 5-3 lead.

In the fourth inning Mandy Leach (Milford/Delaware Valley) doubled and scored on a Koch single. Koch later came in to score on a double by Lori Neyhard (Bloomsburg/Central Columbia). After Casey Massimini (Downingtown/Downingtown West) reached on a bunt single, Nikki Shiko (Shamokin/Southern Columbia) singled home two runs for a 5-3 lead.

Bloomsburg added five more in the fifth inning with Emily Young (Nescopeck/Central Columbia) hitting a solo homer and Neyhard a three-run shot for the big hits of the inning. Shavaun Fisher (Coplay/Allentown Central Catholic) went the distance in the circle allowing six hits, striking out 11 and walking three.

Koch finished 3-4 with three runs scored and two RBI, while Neyhard was 2-3 with two runs scored and four RBI.

In game two the Huskies scored a single in the first inning when Shiko, moved to second on a passed ball and scored when Young reached on a fielder's choice. Bloomsburg made it 3-0 in the second with a pair of runs with Lacy Mauro (Jersey Shore/Jersey Shore) driving in one run with a fielder's choice.

After Lock Haven got two runs back in the top of the third inning, the Huskies put the game out of reach with seven runs in the bottom of the third. Leach, Danielle Lazorka (Williamsport/Jersey Shore) and Young had RBI hits in the inning with Young driving in two runs. The Huskies also took advantage of three Lock Haven errors in the inning to lead 10-2. Lock Haven rallied with four runs in the top of the fourth, but the Huskies got one back in the bottom of the fourth when Massimini singled and scored on a triple by Shiko.

Freshman Cait Paine (Lebanon/Lebanon) picked up the win and is now 10-0 on the year. She fanned four and did not allow a walk.

Bloomsburg, now 19-3, 2-0 in the PSAC Central, plays at Mansfield on Friday at 2:30 p.m.