Long ball lifts LHU, Haven splits on Day 2
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – The Lock Haven University softball team split on Day 2 action in Florida. The Bald Eagles opened the day with a 6-2 loss to Malone, before earning a come-from-behind 3-2 win over Fairmont State, thanks to an offensive eruption that was sparked by two home runs in the fifth.
After Tuesday’s games, LHU is 5-7 overall on the season.
In the 6-2 loss to Malone, Lock Haven scored its two runs on five hits. All five came from different players, including Casey Carpenter (Spring Brook, Pa./North Pocono), who had a RBI-double. Kinley Gioglio (Stroudsburg, Pa./Stroudsburg) pitched in relief and struck out three.
Lock Haven rallied late and used a special fifth inning to slip by Fairmont State, 3-2. Trailing 2-0, the Bald Eagles got back-to-back home runs in the top of the fifth from Carpenter and Sydney Arrigale (Blackwood, N.J./Highland Regional). Carpenter hit a two-run shot, before Arrigale’s solo homer, and the combined three runs proved the difference in the outcome.
In the win, Mikayla Ruppert (Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty) was 2 for 4 at the plate, while Rachel Gricoski (Frackville, Pa./North Schuylkill) was 3 for 4. In total, LHU had eight hits as the bats came alive.
Pitcher Jada Schellhammer (Tamaqua, Pa./Tamaqua) got the win after scattering six hits over seven innings.
Today, March 11 LHU will play Minnesota State (2:30 p.m.) and American International (4:45 p.m.).