March 27, 2010

Huskies Use Long Ball to Sweep Mercyhurst

Game One Box Score

Game Two Box Score

ERIE-The Bloomsburg University softball swept a pair of games from Mercyhurst College on Saturday winning 9-4 and 4-3.

In the opener the Huskies trailed 2-0 through four innings before cutting the lead in half. Casey Massimini (Downingtown, Downingtown West)drove in the run with on fielder's choice ground out. After Mercyhurst added two more runs in the bottom of the fifth, Bloomsburg rallied in the sixth to take its first lead of the game.

Lacy Mauro (Jersey Shore, Jersey Shore)tripled to open the inning and Emily Young (Nescopeck, Central Columbia)walked to put runners at the corners. After the next two batters were retired, Lori Neyhard (Bloomsburg, Central Columbia) walked to load the bases for Mandy Leach who then hit her first career grand slam to put the Huskies on top 5-4.

Bloomsburg added four more runs in the top of the seventh, again with the aid of the long ball. Mauro hit a three-run homer and Young added a solo shot and the Huskies went on to post the 9-4 victory.

Mauro and Neyhard each had two hits for the Huskies, while Shavaun Fisher (Coplay, Allentown Central Catholic) earned the win striking out seven and not allowing a walk.

In the nightcap, Bloomsburg took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Danielle Lazorka (Williamsport, Jersey Shore) walked and later scored on an error. Mercyhurst tied the game with a run in the bottom of the first before Bloomsburg regained the lead with a pair of runs in the third. Leach drove in one run with a single with the second run scoring on a wild pitch.

After Mercyhurst tied the score again with a pair of runs in the home third, the Huskies took the lead for good in the sixth. With one out, Mauro singled and went to second on a wild pitch. After a strikeout for the second out, Mandy Koch (Dauphin, Central Dauphin) singled scoring Mauro with the game-winning run.

Fisher earned the win with four innings of relief work. She allowed just four hits, while striking out three and not issuing a walk. Mauro and Koch each banged out two hits in the game.

The Huskies, 21-3, will play at Clarion on Sunday at 11 a.m. in a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Central Division battle.