Rain postpones softball: Ladies face four game losing streak

Published by adviser, Author: Matthew Morgan - Rocket Contributor, Date: April 11, 2013
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On Wednesday and Thursday, the Slippery Rock University softball team was scheduled to face off against Edinboro University and Clarion University, however the games will be rescheduled due to weather and will be played April 17 and April 19.

These rainouts now make for six postponed games during this years regular season. The Green and White now has a record of 10–14, 2–4 in the PSAC.

Senior Katie Saluga is leading the way offensively for the Rock with six homeruns, 20 RBIs, and a batting average of .453. Her success at the plate was recognized this past week when she was named the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Player of the Week.

Last Friday, the Rock swept division for Mercyhurst at home in a double header.

The first game was won by a score of 6-5 behind another offensive explosion by Saluga who went 3-for-4 at the plate with two home runs.

Saluga and sophomore Alaynna Beers each recorded two RBIs in the victory. Freshman Katie Kaiser and senior Jenna Geibel had one RBI each.

Sophomore Ashley Knight was credited with the victory behind a stellar performance where she struck out 11 batters in seven innings of work.

Game two featured another offensive by explosion from the Rock, but this time it came as a team effort.

Slippery Rock went 18- for-31 at the plate, highlighted by Kaiser’s 5-for-5 performance including seven RBIs and a game ending home run.

“It was a good game for me, I didn’t win the game for the team or anything but I sure helped finish it off,” Kaiser said about her performance last week. “I feel very comfortable out there and my teammates help me feel comfortable. Shortstop is a leader position and I need to lead whether or not I am a freshman. I don’t get nervous.”

Junior Breanna Tongel also left the park, opening the third inning with a lead-off home run.

Junior Emily Lobdell earned the victory for the Rock behind a 15-6 victory.

This past Sunday, Slippery Rock faced Lock Haven University in a double header, splitting the two game series.

The Rock dropped game one by a score of 1-0, where both teams combined for a total of eight hits.

By Matthew Morgan

Rocket Contributor

 

On Wednesday and Thursday, the Slippery Rock University softball team was scheduled to face off against Edinboro University and Clarion University, however the games will be rescheduled due to weather and will be played April 17 and April 19.

These rainouts now make for six postponed games during this years regular season. The Green and White now has a record of 10–14, 2–4 in the PSAC.

Senior Katie Saluga is leading the way offensively for the Rock with six homeruns, 20 RBIs, and a batting average of .453. Her success at the plate was recognized this past week when she was named the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Player of the Week.

Last Friday, the Rock swept division for Mercyhurst at home in a double header.

The first game was won by a score of 6-5 behind another offensive explosion by Saluga who went 3-for-4 at the plate with two home runs.

Saluga and sophomore Alaynna Beers each recorded two RBIs in the victory. Freshman Katie Kaiser and senior Jenna Geibel had one RBI each.

Sophomore Ashley Knight was credited with the victory behind a stellar performance where she struck out 11 batters in seven innings of work.

Game two featured another offensive by explosion from the Rock, but this time it came as a team effort.

Slippery Rock went 18- for-31 at the plate, highlighted by Kaiser’s 5-for-5 performance including seven RBIs and a game ending home run.

“It was a good game for me, I didn’t win the game for the team or anything but I sure helped finish it off,” Kaiser said about her performance last week. “I feel very comfortable out there and my teammates help me feel comfortable. Shortstop is a leader position and I need to lead whether or not I am a freshman. I don’t get nervous.”

Junior Breanna Tongel also left the park, opening the third inning with a lead-off home run.

Junior Emily Lobdell earned the victory for the Rock behind a 15-6 victory.

This past Sunday, Slippery Rock faced Lock Haven University in a double header, splitting the two game series.

The Rock dropped game one by a score of 1-0, where both teams combined for a total of eight hits.

Knight pitched a complete game for the Rock, giving up only one earned run while striking out five batters.

Beers, Kaiser, and Saluga were the only players on The Rock with hits.

Game two featured the first regular season extra inning game for the Rock, ending in a 9-8 victory.

Showing a bit more excitement in the second game there were five lead changes throughout the nine innings between the Rock and the Lady Eagles.

Knight pitched nine innings, allowing only six hits and two earned runs while striking out four. Following the victory she saw her record improve to 7-8 on the season.

Geibel went 2-for-3 at the plate with one home run and two walks; hers was the only home run of the game from either team in a mainly small ball event.

Entering her second season as assistant coach at the Rock, Stacey Rice is optimistic of what her players can do this season.

“Our team is much faster this year, which allows us to take extra bases on hits and passed balls,” Rice said. “Early in the season, when pitching was effective our offense was struggling or if our offense was effective our pitching was struggling, where as now, both are working collectively.”

On Tuesday, Slippery Rock welcomed 11th ranked California University of Pa. for a weekday double header.

The Rock dropped both contests, the first by a score of 8–0 and the second by a score of 2–0.

SRU was held to three hits in the first game, coming off the bats of Kaiser, Beers, and freshman Megan Maloney.

Freshman Lindsay Reicoff crushed three home runs had five RBI’s for the Cal U Lady Vulcans.

Knight took the loss after tossing five innings while striking out three batters and giving up six runs.

Game two featured another team wide struggle at the plate for the Rock where only three hits were recorded yet again.

Lobdell and Saluga each had a hit for SRU. Maloney was the only SRU batter to have a hit in both games, let alone more than one hit.

Lobdell took the loss for SRU following a complete game performance where she only allowed two runs on six hits with four strikeouts.

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