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SOFTBALL DROPS TWO TO UNIVERSITY OF SCRANTON AT HOME
Allentown, PA (March 29, 2011) - Decent fielding and pitching could not overcome a lack of offense, as the powerful Royals of the University of Scranton took both ends of a doubleheader at Cedar Crest today. On the day, the Falcons were out-hit 32-7.
In the first game, a 9-1 Scranton win, freshman Shannon Wenner (Drums, Pa./MMI Preparatory) scored the only run after getting on base in the second inning on a walk and scoring on a fielding error. The Falcons' bats remained silent, until they narrowly averted a no-hitter with hits by senior Tammy Gruzdis (Allentown, Pa./Liberty) and sophomore Laura Swanhall (Cobleskill, N.Y./Cobleskill-Richmondville) in the sixth and final inning. For the Royals, Samantha Boccolini struck out six and allowed only two hits, while Annie Zeleniak had three hits.
The nightcap looked to be more of the same as Scranton jumped out to a 3-0 lead, but the Falcons answered with two runs of their own in the first, with Gruzdis scoring on a Wenner RBI, and sophomore Lauren Salge (Robbinsville, N.J./Allentown) singling to bring senior Danielle Freeman (New Rochelle, NY/New Rochelle) home. But despite hits by Gruzdis, Freeman, Salge and Natalia Dial (Kannapolis, NC/Jesse C. Carson), Cedar Crest couldn't muster another run, ultimately losing 11-2. Royals freshman pitcher Christine Capalbo allowed five hits, and Zeleniak had three more hits to give her six on the day.
Dial pitched both complete games, striking out two. The Falcons are now 4-10 overall and 3-1 in the conference, while Scranton improves to 5-5. The Falcons' next game will be a CSAC doubleheader at Centenary on Friday, April 1st, at 3:00 p.m.