Softball goes 3-3 opening weekend

Bret Pallotto
Sports Editor

Game 1: New Haven 5 – Lock Haven 0


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New Haven got the best of Lock Haven in the Bald Eagles season opener. Junior Rachel Mouillesseaux pitched well, but substandard defense behind her was a large reason for the 5-0 margin.

There were four errors committed by four separate Bald Eagles to go along with six stolen bases allowed. Four of the five runs allowed were unearned. Mouillesseaux went the distance while striking out six batters, allowing 12 hits and walking two batters. She also registered two of the team’s five hits on the day.

Two of the other five hits belonged to junior McKenna Garlock. She also drew a walk to open the season with a perfect on-base percentage.

Game 2: Molloy 5 – Lock Haven 4

Errors once again played a large role in Molloy’s victory over LHU in the second game of the day.


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Freshman Bekah Slattery toed the mound for the first five innings of the game and pitched admirably. She allowed four hits and one walk, but was charged with five unearned runs. The final two innings of the game belonged to fellow freshman Becca Caputo. One hit and one walk was all that was registered to her.

Heading into the fifth inning, Lock Haven was down 1-0 and they came out of the inning down 5-0. A 3-run home-run capped the scoring in the inning.

An RBI-single from Michelle Holweger in the sixth got Lock Haven on the scoreboard. Batting in the leadoff spot, freshman Jessica Strouse was up to bat with two outs in the seventh inning and hit a 3-run home-run of her own to get Lock Haven within one. Jodi Weaknecht popped out to shortstop on the next at-bat to end the rally and the game.

Through the first two games, nine of 10 runs allowed were unearned.

Game 3: Lock Haven 5 – Wilmington 1

A 10:00 a.m. start didn’t prevent Lock Haven from getting off to a quick start. Strouse opened the game with a single on an 0-1 pitch and eventually came around to score on Mouillesseaux’s fielder’s choice.

Mouillesseaux was on the mound and turned in another quality performance to pick up the first win of the season for the Bald Eagles. She tossed her second complete game of the season while striking out four, walking none and allowing six hits. The only mark against her came in the seventh inning after allowing a single and then an RBI double. She had a one-two-three inning in the 1st, 3rd and 4th.

The one through four batters of the lineup did most of the damage going a collective 7-12 with three walks.

Game 4: Lock Haven 3 – Felician 2

The duo of Slattery and Mouillesseaux once again limited the opponent in the 3-2 win. Slattery managed to work around four more errors and went the first six before turning it over to Mouillesseaux.

In her six innings of work Slattery allowed eight hits, no walks and struck out seven. This marked her first win of the season.

The top four of the lineup once again carried the offensive load for the Bald Eagles. Six of the seven hits and two of the three RBI’s came from this group.

Mouillesseaux worked around two walks in the seventh inning to record her first save of the year.

Game 5: Lock Haven 5 – Merrimack 4

In contrast to the Felician game, Mouillesseaux started this game and it was finished off by Slattery.

The team’s third consecutive win was a back and forth contest. Merrimack got one run in the first and LHU answered with three in the second. Slattery drove herself and Mouillesseaux in with a 2-run home run in the inning.

The fifth inning saw Merrimack string together three hits that eventually evened the scoring at three. Garlock’s two-RBI double put the Bald Eagles ahead and provided an insurance run that proved crucial in the bottom of the inning.

Slattery’s first save of the year was the two inning variety two hits, one walk and one earned.

Game 6: Le Moyne 7 – Lock Haven 4

Two three-run frames ultimately proved too much for Lock Haven to come back from in the final game of the trip.

The Dolphins of Le Moyne got three in the first, three in the third and one more in the fifth. Slattery took the loss, going five innings while giving up six earned runs and one more unearned on six hits and three walks.

Freshman Faith Ceely came up with the bases loaded in the sixth inning and came through with a bases-clearing double in her first at-bat for the Bald Eagles.

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