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Callaghan homer powers Edinboro past Seton Hill

Brooke Callaghan (above) hit two homeruns against Seton Hill piloting Boro to a win and a tie on April 2 (Contributed Photo/Edinboro University Sports Information).
Brooke Callaghan (above) hit two homeruns against Seton Hill piloting Boro to a win and a tie on April 2 (Contributed Photo/Edinboro University Sports Information).

Story first appeared in the April 9, 2015 edition of the Edinboro University Spectator, which was distributed on campus and around the town of Edinboro.

Edinboro was scheduled to play a total of six games last week. Mother Nature only allowed the Scots to play two and completely finish one.

Boro softball traveled to Greensburg on April 2 to battle Seton Hill and departed with one win and one tie.

The Fighting Scots notched a comeback 8-6 win against the Griffins in the first game of the doubleheader and managed a tie in game two as the game was halted due to rain with the score knotted at one after seven innings.

With Edinboro boasting a 9-6-1 record overall and a 1-4-1 record in the PSAC, head coach Dan Gierlak thought it could be better.

“The beginning of the season was good, but then you take 11 days off [from games] and that makes it tough,” he said. “Plus you play Gannon, who has not lost in the conference yet, and we should have beaten them and the girls know it. Then we played California and they have been outside a little more, are the little more seasoned team. Playing Seton Hill this past week, I think we got ourselves back on track. The more we can play, the better we are going to be.”

In the first game against Seton Hill, Boro was out to a 4-1 lead before allowing three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to knot the game up. However, sophomore Brooke Callaghan smacked a three-run home run in the top of the seventh to push the Scots into the lead and eventually onto victory.

“I really wasn’t having much success against Cal and Gannon,” Callaghan said about her hitting. “So against Seton Hill I just went up there with a different approach. I was relaxed. I said to myself before I went to hit, ‘just keep it simple.’ We needed to be uplifted in spirits, so I knew that had to be done. I didn’t go up there looking to hit a home run, I just wanted a base hit, but it happened.”

Callaghan collected another home run in the second game of the twinbill as the Aliquippa, Pennsylvania native launched a solo shot in the second inning, scoring Edinboro’s only run and allowing the Scots to tie with the Griffins who registered their only run in the third.

With all the early season postponements, several games are ahead for the Fighting Scots and most of their PSAC opponents, as well. Callaghan believes the team needs to stay positive every step of the way.

“I think we all need to just stay up and not get down on ourselves,” Callaghan said. “Honestly, with these games coming up, I think we are more than prepared. I think everyone got the jitters knocked out of them and we are ready to show the PSAC what we can do.”

Gierlak’s group would love to show the conference what it is capable of on the diamond, but the field needs to get dry and remain that way, which is difficult with the recent conditions, according to the skipper.

“It’s tough,” Gierlak said about the possibility of playing upcoming games at home. “The field is finally drying out and it is not just the field, it is around the field [too] because of all the snow. That is starting to dry out, but it’s going to rain for the next couple of days…it comes down to if the field is ready, we are playing. These girls have been here long enough to realize that is just how it is going to be.”

Edinboro was scheduled to visit Slippery Rock on Tuesday for a doubleheader, after deadline for this issue, then the Scots were to play four straight doubleheaders at home beginning on Friday. The ladies are slated to host Mercyhurst on Friday at 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., California (Pa.) on Saturday at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., Slippery Rock on Sunday at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. and conclude the homestand with Gannon on April 14 at 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

BOX SCORES

Score by Innings R H E
—————————————–
Edinboro………… 012 100 4 – 8 8 2
Seton Hill………. 001 310 1 – 6 12 2
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E – B. Callaghan; Fleckenstein; C. Wickstrom; A. Huff. DP – Edinboro 1. LOB – Edinboro 6; SHU 9. 2B – S. Proctor; V. Stock; C. Henderson. 3B – L. Sauerwein; E. Arriola. HR – B. Callaghan; Fleckenstein 2. HBP – S. Proctor. SH – H. Tighe; S. Proctor; D. Cortazzo; C. Tobin. SB – Laura Crooks.
Win – Kalet Lenart. Loss – A. Huff.

Score by Innings R H E
—————————————–
Edinboro………… 010 000 0 – 1 7 2
Seton Hill………. 001 000 0 – 1 5 0
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E – Kylie Mason 2. LOB – Edinboro 5; SHU 10. 2B – Kylie Mason; Fleckenstein. HR – B. Callaghan. SH – V. Stock. SB – Laura Crooks 2.

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