Poor weather postpones games for Slippery Rock: Rock splits home opener

Published by adviser, Author: Matthew Morgan - Rocket Contributor, Date: April 4, 2013
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With rough weather lingering around this year, the Slippery Rock University women’s softball team has had to sit idly by and watch as their games get postponed.

Last Friday, the Green and White was scheduled to compete in a double header with the Edinboro University Lady Scots.

Due to snow and wintery conditions, the games were postponed.

On March 30, the Rock competed in a double header against Gannon University. SRU dropped both games.

Game one of the double header didn’t see its first run scored until the top of the fourth inning, behind a monstrous home run by senior Jenna Geibel.

The lead didn’t last as long as the team hoped, as Gannon brought in five runs in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Junior Emily Lobdell and sophomore Ashley Knight gave up a combined six runs, and Lobdell was credited with the loss.

Game two started off with a flurry of runs from the Lady Knights, with them scoring three runs in the bottom of the first inning off of Knight.

Gannon blasted a home run in the bottom of the next inning and put the Rock down 4–0.

Slippery Rock was forced to watch as their bats remained silent and dropped the second game by a score of 7–2.

On Monday, the Rock was scheduled to compete in a double header against the Bobcats of West Virginia Wesleyan University, but the games was delayed due to adverse weather conditions.

As a fourth year senior, Geibel has seen her fair share of cancelled games due to unpredictable Pennsylvania weather.

Having games cancelled definitely adds stress. We only have 40 some games,” Geibel said. “When non conference games get cancelled, we don’t always make them up because of the difficulty to reschedule with the team and their conference games.”

The Rock held their home opening double header on Wednesday, welcoming the Yellowjackets of West Virginia State University.

The Yellowjackets scored first in the top of the third inning, giving the Rock a 2-0 deficit to overcome.

In the bottom of the fifth, senior Katie Saluga smashed a solo home run

By Matthew Morgan

Rocket Contributor

 

With rough weather lingering around this year, the Slippery Rock University women’s softball team has had to sit idly by and watch as their games get postponed.

Last Friday, the Green and White was scheduled to compete in a double header with the Edinboro University Lady Scots.

Due to snow and wintery conditions, the games were postponed.

On March 30, the Rock competed in a double header against Gannon University. SRU dropped both games.

Game one of the double header didn’t see its first run scored until the top of the fourth inning, behind a monstrous home run by senior Jenna Geibel.

The lead didn’t last as long as the team hoped, as Gannon brought in five runs in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Junior Emily Lobdell and sophomore Ashley Knight gave up a combined six runs, and Lobdell was credited with the loss.

Game two started off with a flurry of runs from the Lady Knights, with them scoring three runs in the bottom of the first inning off of Knight.

Gannon blasted a home run in the bottom of the next inning and put the Rock down 4–0.

Slippery Rock was forced to watch as their bats remained silent and dropped the second game by a score of 7–2.

On Monday, the Rock was scheduled to compete in a double header against the Bobcats of West Virginia Wesleyan University, but the games was delayed due to adverse weather conditions.

As a fourth year senior, Geibel has seen her fair share of cancelled games due to unpredictable Pennsylvania weather.

Having games cancelled definitely adds stress. We only have 40 some games,” Geibel said. “When non conference games get cancelled, we don’t always make them up because of the difficulty to reschedule with the team and their conference games.”

The Rock held their home opening double header on Wednesday, welcoming the Yellowjackets of West Virginia State University.

The Yellowjackets scored first in the top of the third inning, giving the Rock a 2-0 deficit to overcome.

In the bottom of the fifth, senior Katie Saluga smashed a solo home run to score her first run at the Rock.

Lobdell stepped up to the plate next and got on base with a single to center field.

With two outs in the bottom of the fifth, freshman Katie Kaiser came to bat and blasted a two run home run to put the Green and White ahead 3-2.

The Rock would go on to score three more runs in the bottom of the sixth, ending the game with a final score of 6-2.

Knight earned the victory for SRU and is now 5–7 this season.

Kaiser, Saluga, and junior Breanna Tongel contributed two RBIs each, making up all of the scoring for SRU.

Saluga is playing in her final season as a college athlete at SRU and having a season to envy, batting .469 so far this season and she has high hopes for both her and her team this season.

“I feel like my team is more than capable of making playoffs. We have a young team but we have a solid group of girls and as long as we play together, we won’t have a problem going far this year,” Saluga said.

Game two of the double header featured Geibel crushing her third home run of the season in the bottom of the first inning, giving the Rock an early 2–0 lead.

The Rock would score two more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Sophomore Alaynna Beers bunted to send Lobdell home and Kaiser scored off of an RBI from Tongel.

In the top of the sixth, with the bases loaded and only one out, Dee Dee Loftis belted a grand slam for the Yellowjackets and tied the game.

WVSU would score two more runs in the top of the seventh and put the game out of reach for SRU, ending the game with a score of 6–4.

Lobdell went 2-3 at the plate, with two RBIs. She was also credited with the loss, seeing her record drop to 2–3 this season.

Slippery Rock will welcome Mercyhurst University on Friday at 2:30 p.m at the SRU Softball Complex.

The Green and White will travel to Lock Haven University on Sunday at 1 p.m.

 

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