Softball splits doubleheader as conference race remains close


The University women’s softball team moved to 4-7 on the season when it split Tuesday’s doubleheader at Wilkes University.

Game one belonged to Wilkes, as the Lady Colonels’ senior pitcher Alysha Bixler stymied the Royals’ lineup. In six innings pitched, Bixler allowed only six hits as she shut Scranton out 8-0. She also caused headaches for Scranton at the plate, blasting a home run and driving in three runs overall.

In the second game, sophomore pitcher Jamie Hampsey did all she could for the Royals, shutting down the Lady Colonels’ bats until a disastrous fourth inning.

In the bottom of the fourth inning, Wilkes took advantage of four Scranton errors in the field to jump out to a 3-0 lead.

Despite the rough fourth inning, the Royals bounced right back in the top of the fifth, loading the bases for first year Jacqueline DeSarro. In grand fashion, DeSarro took a pitch deep and over the wall to give her team a 4-3 lead.

The grand slam was just the hit the Royals had been looking for. The team would not look back from there, winning the second game 11-3. DeSarro is enjoying a successful first season with the team early on, as that home run was already her second of the year.

Scranton also received a two-run home run from senior Caitlin McHenry. Her blast put her in fourth place in Royals’ history with 17 home runs in her career.

Another first-year player, Angelica Titor, also contributed to the victory with four singles in the second game, giving her five hits over both games of the doubleheader.

Hampsey improved to 2-3 on the season as she struck out five and allowed six hits over six innings.

The Royals sit in fifth place in the Landmark Conference, but they are only one game behind first-place Susquehanna University in the standings. Scranton will get its next chance to move up in the conference standings at 1 p.m. Saturday in a doubleheader against Elizabethtown College. The first game will start at 1 p.m.

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