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April 27, 2012
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Softball reaches new high in sweep of Dutchmen

TAKING THE MOUND
Courtesy of Rachel Fink
TAKING THE MOUND - Junior right-hander Sarah Hoffman winds up a pitch during the doubleheader against Lebanon Valley, The Crusaders swept the Dutchmen, 4-2 and 17-1.
The softball team swept Lebanon Valley, 4-2 and 17-1, on Wednesday, April 25.
The Dutchmen (23-13) flew out to a 2-0 lead, with one run in the first and second innings. The Crusaders (21-11 overall, 6-2 Landmark) threatened in the first with a runner on third with one out but did not score.
The Crusaders broke through in the sixth inning with four runs on five hits. Freshman third baseman Alyssa Cantalini led off the inning with a triple and scored on a wild pitch.
Sophomore catcher Brittany Devlin added an RBI single and sophomore outfielder Sam LaCoe knocked in two runs with a single.
Sophomore pitcher Sarah Hoffman held the Dutchmen hitless over the final two frames to preserve the win. Hoffman pitched a complete game, allowing two runs on seven hits and striking out four opposing hitters.
Cantalini and junior outfielder Kathryn Gilbert led the Crusaders with two hits each.
In game two, the Crusaders scored 17 runs in a 17-1 rout.
In the first three innings, neither team scored, showing no signs of the offensive explosion to come.
The Crusaders started the scoring with three runs in the fourth. Senior outfielder Lisa Finizio led off with a bunt single and scored on a single by Cantalini.
Cantalini scored on a single by Devlin and freshman first baseman Bridget Rafter knocked in the last run with an RBI groundout to second base.
In the fifth inning, the scoreboard went haywire as the Crusaders scored 14 runs.
Finizio drove home the first run with a triple and scored on a wild pitch. Devlin drove in a run on a hit by pitch.
With two outs, the Crusaders opened up the flood gates with nine runs.
The Crusaders batted around after the second out led by a two-RBI single from Finizio and a bases-clearing triple by Rafter.

Game one: Susquehanna 6, Drew 1
Game two: Susquehanna 3, Drew 4
The softball team split a conference doubleheader with Drew, winning the first game 6-1 and losing the second 4-3 on Saturday, April 21.
During the first inning, sophomore pitcher Alison Cullen retired the Rangers (13-17 overall, 3-7 Landmark) in order, striking out one.
In the bottom of the first, freshman outfielder Brianna Murphy opened with a walk and advanced to second base on a sacrifice by junior shortstop Larissa Luu.
Murphy scored on an error to give the Crusaders a 1-0 lead.
The Rangers tied the game in the top of the second.
In the fourth inning, Susquehanna regained the lead off of the bat of freshman third baseman Alyssa Cantalini. With junior outfielder Kathyrn Gilbert on first and sophomore catcher Brittany Devlin on second, Cantalini went to bat with a chance to hand the Crusaders a lead.
Cantalini responded with a two-RBI triple, scoring Gilbert and Devlin. Freshman first baseman Madison Clark hit an RBI single to make the score 4-1 after four innings.
In the sixth inning, Cantalini cleared the fences on a two-run home run to increase the Crusaders lead to 6-1.
Cantalini said: "Getting a home run felt pretty good. It was my second of the season and my third ever."
Freshman Morgan Lewis came in as the relief pitcher for Cullen. Lewis allowed one hit over two innings of work to keep the score at 6-1.
In the second game, junior Sarah Hoffman pitched six innings of one-run ball,before giving way to Lewis.
The game was the first that Hoffman had played in more than two weeks. On March 22, a Susquehanna player hit a foul ball into the dugout and hit Hoffman behind her ear.
Hoffman said, "I think I played well for not playing for two weeks."
Early in the game, Susquehanna took the lead when Devlin completed a run in the bottom of the second inning.
In the fifth inning, Murphy scored making the score 2-0.
Drew began their comeback in the sixth inning, making the score 2-1. In the seventh inning, the Rangers completed three runs, taking the lead, 4-2.
The Crusaders put up a fight and were able to get one more run on the board in the bottom of the seventh inning, making the final score 4-3.
Both Hoffman and Cantalini said they feel that the team can bounce back from the loss and continue to win.
Hoffman said, "We respect our seniors and want to go out and win the last two home games for them."
The softball team will compete against Scranton at 1 p.m. tomorrow in their final home game.

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