By Erika White
February 21, 2013
The Lock Haven Softball team opened their season last Friday in Raleigh, North Carolina at Shaw University Softball Challenge at Walnut Creek Complex.
The Lady Eagles played their first game against West Virginia State, losing 6-1.
Transfer, Brianna Jennings, made her debut in the circle for Lock Haven after a 4 run inning from WVS. Jennings struck out 7 and allowed 2 runs in 5.2 innings.
Lock Haven’s only run came in the 5th inning when Junior, Nicole Smith, walked with the bases loaded, advancing left fielder, Alyssa Smith.
Two hours later, LHU was back on the field for their second game of the day against Ohio Valley.
The Eagles scored 5 runs in the bottom of the second and 3 in the bottom of the third totalling 8 runs off of 6 hits. N.Smith and Sophomore Sarah Schwalm, shortstop, brought in half of the runs as both had 2 RBIs for LHU.
Center fielder, Brittany Favazza, and A.Smith, also had a great game and were 2 for 3 with an RBI and runs scored.
In the circle, senior, Sarah Morse, kept Ohio Valley off of the board allowing just 3 hits with 4 strikeouts.
The Lady Eagles shutout Ohio Valley, 8-0, after only 4 innings due to the mercy rule.
Lock Haven was scheduled to play four more games throughout the weekend. However, due to winter weather conditions in Raleigh, all tournament games were cancelled, sending LHU home with a record of 1-1.
This season, keep an eye out for senior, Brittany Favazza, who had a .370 batting average last year, as well as pitchers Sarah Morse and Nicole Smith , who lead the Eagles with 29 wins in the circle last spring.
Softball will resume their scheduled games on Saturday, March 2 at Philadelphia University.