Perhaps the two week break between games for the Marauders softball team put a damper on their winning ways. Heading into the weekend doubleheader against Sheppard University winners of their last two, the Marauders dropped both games falling to 2-4 on the season.
The Rams won each of the games in dramatic fashion, walking off in the bottom of the seventh in both. One run losses have become something of a trend for the Marauders early this season; all four of the team’s losses have come by just one run.
Game one of the doubleheader kicked off at 2 p.m. On Sunday. The game remained scoreless until the top of the fourth when DH Brittany Smith lined a double to right, scoring Heather Lutz from second. The Rams countered in the bottom half when their own DH, Rachel Kline, doubled down the left field line, bringing home two runs to put the rams up 2-1.
A single by Ashley Cantiello in the top of the sixth tied the game at two. The score remained tied heading into the seventh. The Marauders were unable to capitalize on a leadoff single in the top half of the final frame, allowing the Rams a shot in their half. A walk and two errors loaded the bases with one out before Savannah Snyder lined a single up the middle, driving in an unearned run to end the game immediately.
Millersville’s starter Briana Andraos took the loss, falling to 1-2 on the year. Andraos allowed just two earned runs in her 6.1 innings of work, fanning three. DH Brittany Smith finished the day 3 for 3 with an RBI.
Game two of the Marauder’s Sunday doubleheader ended in another one run loss for the Marauders, a 2-1 walkoff victory for the Rams.
The nightcap o the doubleheader started off in the Marauders favor when junior Gabbie Berry deposited a double into center field, driving in second basemen Danielle DiFilippo. Millersville starting pitcher Amanda Wink was able to hold the Rams off the board until the third, when a double by Alexandra Witt drove in the tying run. Wink was able to shut down any hint of a rally with a fly out and a ground out, stranding Witt in scoring position.
The game remained tied heading into the top of the seventh once again in game two. Again unable to score in their half, the Marauders gave the Rams their second shot at walking off in hours. After retiring the first batter of the inning on a pop up, Shepard catcher Shanan Plunkett was able to get a hold of one, neatly depositing it over the left field wall for a walkoff home run.
Amanda Wink, who became the second Marauder on the afternoon to take a complete game loss fell to 0-2. Despite allowing only two runs and just five baserunners all game, Wink was unable to piece together her first win of the season.
The West Virginia Wesleyan Tournament Is next for the Marauders, beginning on Friday, March 14. The first of the Marauders six games comes against Franklin Pierce at 11 a.m.