The IUP softball team split its games this weekend. In their two doubleheaders, the Crimson Hawks won one against both Bloomsburg and Lock Haven.
In the first game of the doubleheader against Bloomsburg, the first inning was when IUP lost. In the very first at-bat of the game, starting pitcher Lauren Zola (senior, employment and labor relations) gave up a solo home run.
The next two batters also made it on base and eventually scored from a fly out and a wild pitch. This gave Bloomsburg a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning.
For the remainder of the game, the Crimson Hawks allowed only one run. However, IUP’s offense was not able to get it back in the game as it was only able to put up one run, which came on a sacrifice fly from Brooklyn Kotula (sophomore, computer science).
After a strong defensive effort to end game one, IUP was able to carry that defensive momentum into game two, when the Crimson Hawks scored early.
In the bottom of the first inning, a double by Renee Wall (sophomore, criminology) and a double by Jenna Rhue (freshman, criminology) brought home two for IUP.
In the top of the second, Bloomsburg retaliated, plating one after a leadoff triple, followed by a single. The Crimson Hawks managed to limit the damage holding the Huskies to one run, the sole run that IUP would let up for the remainder of the game as the Crimson Hawks went on to win 3-1.
On Sunday, IUP’s limited offense became a factor once again as the Crimson Hawks fully relied on their defense in game one. The Crimson Hawks held Lock Haven for most of the game.
The first time that either side was able to reach the scoreboard was in the fourth inning when Lock Haven scored on a sacrifice fly and another off an error at home plate. The Crimson Hawks’ lone form of offense came in the seventh inning when Wall hit a solo shot to center field. However, one run was not enough as IUP fell 2-1.
In game two of Sunday’s doubleheader, IUP’s offense came alive while its defense finally showed some give. The Crimson Hawks scored in five of the seven innings, including a three-run seventh inning.
However, the IUP defense finally showed some faults as they gave up five runs to the Lock Haven offense. A large part of the Crimson Hawks’ issues defensively came from the long ball as IUP gave up two in the game. However, IUP was able to outscore Lock Haven 8-5 to hold on for the win.
In both doubleheaders this weekend, IUP lost the first game, but showed resilience bouncing back with a win in the second.
“The more you dwell on the negative the more it affects you as such,” Kassie Kesneck (junior, English) said. “Each game we learn a different way to improve for the next and that’s all you can do. I really think you need to be at the bottom to be able to climb to the top.”
The 8-19-1 Crimson Hawks sit in fifth place in the PSAC Central division. The lone team trailing IUP is Clarion, who is winless with an 0-31 record this season.