Softball splits week

Published by Tyler Howe, Date: March 28, 2023
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The Rock returned home from their spring break trip and immediately made an impact as they opened conference play. Just a few days after they arrived back from Florida, they went on the road to Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) and then had a series at home against Clarion University.

While in Florida, the Green and White went on a tear winning five of their last six games. They had a five-game win streak and walked into their Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) opener against their rival, IUP, with a little bit of confidence.

In just one series, they pulled out two conference wins. To put that into perspective, last year they won four games in conference. Not only did they win those games, but they were also dominant.

In the first matchup with the Crimson Hawks, the team was led by Kelsi Anderson’s stellar pitching. Anderson already has eight wins on the year. The Rock jumped out to a 4-1 lead through just three innings. The Crimson Hawks did not know what hit them, and The Rock pulled out a 7-3 win to set the tone.

For the second matchup of the two-game set, Alexsa Hurd took the mound and pitched a one-hit shutout. Hurd came just a triple from the cycle as she ended with six RBIs and pitched seven innings.

The Rock’s hot streak came to an end against Clarion University, however. After sweeping IUP, they returned home and dropped both games. The first game was a 4-1 loss as Chloe Sharman took her third loss of the season.

The second game could have been a win for either side. Claire Zimmerman started the game for The Rock, and she took her sixth loss of the season. The game ended in 6-5 decision for the Golden Eagles as they improved to 11-7.

The Rock returned to action on Sunday as they hit to road to square off against PennWest California (Pa.).

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