Courtesy of Lock Haven Athletics
LOCK HAVEN, Pa. – The Lock Haven University softball team (15-15) hosted Clarion University (2-27) and both games told a different story as the Bald Eagles secured the sweep winning game one, 9-1, and taking game two with a walk-off, 14-13.
Game 1: W, Lock Haven 9, Clarion 1 (6 innings)
The Bald Eagles’ first inning stole the show. LHU smacked three home runs from Rianna Trexler (Bellefonte, Pa./Bellefonte), Riley McClellan (Granville Summit, Pa./Troy), and Morgan Karasek (Bangor, Pa./Bangor) to take a 7-0 lead.
Clarion delivered a solo home run in the top of the fourth to make it 7-1.
Amanda Criss (Bel Air, Md./Bel Air) and Delaney Good’s (Mifflinburg, Pa./Mifflinburg) RBI hits cemented the mercy rule as LHU won game one in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Game 2: W, Lock Haven 14, Clarion 13
The Golden Eagles struck early to take a 4-0 lead in the top half of the first inning.
After a sacrifice fly by HaleyLestician (Lawrenceville, N.J./Lawrence) and an RBI single by Criss, the Bald Eagles cut the lead to 4-2. To finish off the bottom of the second, McClellan blasted a grand slam that gave LHU a six-run inning as they led, 6-4.
Clarion erupted for seven runs across the next three innings to stamp a 13-6 lead on the scoreboard.
In the bottom of the fifth, Schmitt reignited the Bald Eagle offense with an RBI double, scoring Trexler. Another run came in after Schmitt scored to make it 13-8.
In the bottom of the sixth, McClellan picked up her fifth RBI of the game with a double. Summer Peters (Lancaster, Pa./Lampeter-Strasburg) drove in McClellan to pull the Bald Eagles within two.Trexler cut the lead down to one, 13-12, with an RBIsingle. Criss singled for her third RBI of the day to tie the contest at 13-13.
With two outs, Sydney Arrigale (Blackwood, N.J./Highland Regional) shut down the show as she singled up the middle to walk it off for the Bald Eagles, 14-13.
Madison Waltman (Turbotville, Pa./Warrior Run) picked up two wins on the day as she pitched a complete game, only allowing one run and striking out five in game one, followed by a two-inning relief stint where she dug the Bald Eagles out of a bases-loaded jam, not allowing any hits.
The two games saw a combined 37 runs scored and 47 hits throughout the afternoon, including four innings of five plus runs scored.
The Bald Eagles are back in action on Friday, April 22 as Shippensburg comes to town for a doubleheader with first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m.