April 11, 2014
Susquehanna remains unbeaten in LC gamesThe Susquehanna Crusaders softball team walked away with two wins after this weekend's double-header matchup against Elizabethtown. The Crusaders kept their Landmark Conference record perfect at 3-0 and continued a four game winning streak.
Junior third baseman Alyssa Cantalini said: "These games are really important to us if we want to make it to the playoffs and hopefully regionals again. The teams in our conference are very good teams. They know how to play, so they are out to beat us."
Game one was much more complex than game two of the weekend, ending with a 6-5 Crusader win. Junior pitcher Morgan Lewis opened game one, pitching all but one out in the game. Freshman pitcher Jamie Fesinstine took over for Lewis in the sixth, earning the final out of the inning. Fesinstine earned the save, her second of the season as a first-year player.
Sophomore outfielder Amanda Neveroski, senior catcher Brittany Devlin and freshman outfielder Lauren Creamer all contributed to the six runs scored by the Crusaders. Neveroski scored one run while also driving in a run, Devlin scored three runs, and Creamer scored two runs while driving home two other runners.
Susquehanna dominated the first five frames, and a Devlin home run followed by a Neveroski RBI single in the sixth inning put the Crusaders ahead 6-0. However, the Blue Jays fought back in the final two innings, scoring three times in the sixth and twice in the seventh.
The Blue Jays' rally in the sixth was aided by an error by Susquehanna senior shortstop Sam LaCoe and a wild pitch by Lewis. Another fielding error by Susquehanna allowed Elizabethtown to score twice more in the seventh. The Blue Jays stranded the tying run on third base and the Crusaders won.
Cantalini said: "It is hard to play that many games in college sports in that short of time. It is physically demanding but we pulled through and played our game."
Game two of the Landmark Conference matchup had a much more one-sided outcome. The Crusaders prevailed, winning 9-2.
Fesinstine aided the Crusader effort, not allowing any walks for the Blue Jays. Neveroski and Bridget Rafter contributed three hits each overall. Rafter also drove in two runs.
The game remained tied until the seventh inning, when the Crusaders landed seven runs to come out on top.
"We are going to keep playing to our potential and not playing down to teams," Cantalini said.
The Crusaders will take on Scranton April 12.
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