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Softball Splits Doubleheader

Samantha McGarry

On Saturday, April 14th, the LIU Post Women’s Softball Team played against Dowling College. The team came through with a win of 5-2 in the first game of the doubleheader and lost the final 6-4. The team improved its record to 31-15 overall and 19-3 in East Coast Conference play.

The Pioneers came out swinging in the first game, quickly taking the lead 4-0 in the top of the first inning. The Golden Lions responded with one run scored in the bottom of the first. After a run-less inning from the Pioneers in the second, Dowling added another run in the bottom of the second to come within two runs of Post’s lead. But in the sixth inning, the Pioneers extended their lead to 5-2 when sophomore Liz Weber hit an RBI single to score sophomore Nicole Hagenah. Senior Hayley Bettles pitched the final four innings for the Pioneers, spreading two hits, two walks, no runs, and three strikeouts over four innings.

In game two against the Golden Lions, Post took the lead in the second inning when freshman Alyson Dzierzynski scored a lead-off homerun. The score remained at 1-0 until the bottom of the fifth, when the Golden Lions scored on a two-run homerun followed by an RBI double, an RBI single, and an infield error that allowed the Golden Lions another two runs. All of the runs were scored in with two outs remaining in the inning to pull Dowling ahead 6-1.

The Pioneers’ offense showed a final spark in the top of the seventh with three more runs. Senior Kerry Fisher started the scoring off for the Pioneers with a two-run double. Fisher reached third base on an error in the same play and went on to record the final run of the day for the Pioneers.

The LIU Post Women’s Softball Team will take the field again on Wednesday, April 18th, when the Pioneers travel to Caldwell, NJ, to face Caldwell College in a doubleheader.

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