March 29, 2009

Softball Cooled Off By Allegheny

(ALLIANCE, OH)--Mount Union College's softball team was cooled off Sunday as the Raiders saw a four-game win streak end with 4-1 and 11-9 losses to Allegheny (PA) College on a windy, cold and rainy Sunday at 23rd Street Field in Alliance.

It was only the second time this season that the Purple Raiders have dropped back-to-back games and they are now 14-8 overall on the season.   Allegheny stands at 10-8 overall after the sweep.

In the first game, Allegheny ace Stacey Robertshaw allowed only seven hits and a single run as she went the distance to improve to 6-1 on the season.

Allegheny scored a run in the second and led 3-0 after a pair of runs in the fifth. 

Junior Anna Horning (Cuyahoga Falls/Woodridge) had an RBI single in the bottom of the fifth, but the Raiders left the bases loaded and Allegheny tacked on another run in the sixth for the 4-1 final.

In game two, Allegheny took an early one run lead in the first, before Mount Union got three runs in the bottom of the frame highlighted by a two-run home run by sophomore Alex Lucak (Maple Heights/Trinity) to lead 3-1.

Allegheny rallied with five runs in the second to retake the lead, 6-3.

The Raiders came back with four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning sophomore Mara Palombaro (Boardman/Cardinal Mooney) drove in two runs on a single up the middle and freshman Ashley Henriques (Canton/GlenOak) hit a two-run home run to make it 7-6.

Allegheny would then score five unanswered runs to hold an 11-7 lead heading into the bottom of the fifth.

Mount Union tried to rally again as Lucak hit her second homer of the game a solo shot in the fifth and Palombaro drove in another run in the seventh to get it to 11-9 and get the tying run to the plate but the Mount Union rally ended there.

Neither starter factored in the pitching decision as Stephanie Baer got the win in relief for Allegheny, while Devon Butler (Loudonville/Loudonville) took just her second loss of the season for the Raiders (6-2).

Mount Union next hosts John Carroll University in an Ohio Athletic Conference doubleheader Wednesday (Apr. 1) at 3 p.m. at 23rd Street Field.

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