COCOA BEACH, Fla. – The Shawnee State softball unit continued its hot start to the 2017 campaign after picking up a pair of wins on Tuesday, defeating Bloomfield College (N.J.), 4-3 and Morrisville State (N.Y.), 13-1 at the Cocoa Beach Spring Training Complex.
The Bears started off the first contest in fine fashion as Shawnee State struck with three runs in the first inning of play. Marisa Brown drove in Ashtyn Saunders with a single, and Victoria Bevington scored on the same play via an error. Brown then came on home on another error later in the inning.
Bloomfield, however, battled back by scoring two runs in the fourth and a run in the fifth to tie the game at three. The game went to to extra innings, and after a scoreless eighth, the Bears found a way to obtain the winning run in the top of the ninth. Katie Wolsefer sacrificed Madi Phillips over to third, and Phillips scored on Megan Shumpert’s single to center field. Brooke Blevins got the win by throwing a scoreless ninth, concluding four innings of relief.
Shawnee State jumped out early in the second affair as well, but this time, held the lead throughout as the Bears scored two runs in the first and second frames while adding a game-capping six-run frame in the fifth. In the latter frame, Mackenzie Riley launched a three-run homer and Kayla Koch followed with a bomb shot one batter later to cap the six-run inning and mercy-rule Morrisville State. McKenzie Whittaker would throw four innings of one-run ball to get the win.
With the victories, Shawnee State started the season with a 4-0 mark. Bloomfield College, an NCAA-II member institution fell to 6-2, and Morrisville State of NCAA-III fell to 0-4. While Bloomfield College came back to defeat the Bears 6-0 Wednesday morning, Shawnee State captured a 9-4 victory over Penn State-Hazelton to move to 5-1 on the year.
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