SRU softball continues their tear

Published by Tyler Howe, Date: April 19, 2023
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The Rock has continued to roll on in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) play as they have won 11 of their last 13 games. Slippery Rock walked into the weekend on a 10-game winning streak that included sweeps over Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP), Edinboro University, Seton Hill University, Gannon University and Pitt-Johnstown University.

On Tuesday they welcomed the Crimson Hawks to town. They wasted little time, taking a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Julia Montie doubled to drive in Aubrey Mansfield. Kelsi Anderson tossed a complete game in their 2-0 win and improved her record to 13-3.

In the second game of the doubleheader, Alexsa Hurd took the mound and pitched 5.1 innings and allowed just one run. Going into the sixth inning, SRU had an 8-1 lead. IUP tried to battle back, but The Rock gave themselves a good cushion. Hurd picked up her eighth win of the season in the 8-4 victory.

Anderson also started out the series against Clarion University. The Golden Eagles put up three runs on Anderson, but she stayed in and pitched the whole game. She did not receive any help from the Green and White offense, as she dropped just her fourth game all year in a 3-0 decision.

Chloe Sharman picked up her first win of the season in the second game which proved to be a lot more exciting than the first game in the set. Slippery Rock picked up a 6-5 win in 11 innings as they outlasted the Golden Eagles.

The Rock is sitting in a good place with just 12 games left. They are 23-16 (14-7 PSAC) and are aiming to make the playoffs behind the play of Hurd and Anderson. They are currently second in the PSAC West.

They return to play on Tuesday in Erie where they will play Mercyhurst University in a two-game set. They then play on Thursday in a makeup game against California (Pa.), before another two-game set with Pitt-Johnstown.

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Tyler is a senior converged journalism major. This is his second semester as the sports editor of the Rocket. He has written well over 150 articles with the paper, while covering every sport SRU has to offer. He also covered the Big East tournament at Madison Square Garden, while the Rocket went to New York City in March 2022.

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