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Clutch hitting, strong pitching boosts Boro softball in Sunday sweep of SRU

Rough weather has forced Edinboro softball to realign is regular season schedule (Graphic/Ashley Olinger).
Rough weather has forced Edinboro softball to realign is regular season schedule (Graphic/Ashley Olinger).

Story first appeared in the April 16, 2015 edition of the Edinboro University Spectator, which was distributed on campus and around the town of Edinboro.

Before Sunday’s doubleheader against Slippery Rock, it was 10 days since Edinboro last hit the field.

Boro’s bats needed a little bit longer to warm up.

The Fighting Scots (11-6-1, 3-4-1 PSAC) swept Slippery Rock on Sunday, scoring a 4-1 win in nine innings in the first game and a 5-4 triumph in the second contest.

Edinboro was held scoreless until the seventh inning when Brooke Callaghan led off the top of the inning with a single and two batters later scored on an RBI single to center by Kylie Mason, which knotted the contest at one.

The Scots’ offense woke up in the top of the ninth inning when Callaghan knocked a deep homerun over the centerfield wall on the first pitch of the inning. Alexandra Carroll scored on an RBI groundout and Mason knocked a solo homerun, leading Boro to victory.

SRU’s offense was silenced by pitcher Kalet Lenhart. The sophomore went the full nine innings, allowed nine hits, one run, two walks and six strikeouts on 106 pitches.

“It’s hard to go nine innings. I’m definitely feeling it today,” Lenhart said at practice Monday. “In the last inning, I was definitely really tired. I knew it, but I felt that I needed to get through it for my team and had to get the win.”

In the second game, the duo of Callaghan and Mason were instrumental again. The pair combined to go 4-4, scoring three runs, an RBI and walked twice.

Kerri Stevens earned the win for the Scots with Taylor Payne coming in, in relief.

In addition to the win, The Fighting Scots were excited to be able to play.

Mother Nature has not been a friend of softball this spring, with very few teams playing more than a handful of conference games this season. The Fighting Scots have yet to achieve that plateau themselves.

Additionally, Boro has not yet been able to play at home yet, due to the melting snow, rain and late-season freezes.

On April 10, Gierlak realigned his group’s remaining schedule. The Scots have eight remaining doubleheaders this regular season. Of those eight, six are at home. Not only will the ladies be spending most of their time in the Boro, they will be busy as well. These eight doubleheaders, 16 games in total, are scheduled to be played in 10 calendar days.

The Fighting Scots were scheduled to host Gannon on Tuesday in what would have been Boro’s home opener, and visit Mercyhurst on Wednesday afternoon, but both dates occurred after deadline for this issue and were not included in the earlier breakdown of the schedule.

Immediately upcoming for Boro are three straight home doubleheaders. The ladies are scheduled to host Clarion Thursday and Seton Hill Friday, with contests starting at 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., on both days. Also, Pitt-Johnstown will come to the Boro on Sunday with games at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

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