Softball: Raiders Drop Two On First Day of Season in Florida

Leigh Siedlak
Leigh Siedlak

CLERMONT, Fla.—Mount Union's softball team dropped a pair of one-run games -- 7-6 to DeSales (Pa.) and 6-5 to Ferrum (Va.) Sunday in Clermont, Florida.

In game one, DeSales got on the board first as Annie Cosentino hit in Haley Frati in the bottom of the second inning.

In the top of the fourth, sophomore Brooke Cox (Louisville/Louisville) hit a triple sending in two runners giving Mount Union the 2-1 lead.

DeSales regained the lead 3-2 as Emily Hockman hit a ball to center field driving in a pair of runs in the third.

The Raiders took the lead again 4-3 in the top of the sixth inning when a bunt for Cox and a series of errors for DeSales led to two runs.

In the seventh, an RBI single from junior Megan Okuda (Gibsonia, Pa./Pine Richards) and an RBI triple from Cox gave Mount Union a 6-4 lead. 

DeSales loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the seventh and Alexa Beaumont tied the game with a two-run single before Carly Bartholomew drove in the game winner on a sacrifice fly RBI.

Against Ferrum, Mount Union earned a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first as senior Leigh Siedlak (Westerville/Westerville South) drove in two runs and Cox another.

Ferrum tied the game with two runs in the second and one in the fourth.

Mount Union retook the lead 4-3 on an RBI single from Brittany Baitt (Painesville/Riverside) in the fourth.

Ferrum blew the game open with a three run fifth to lead 6-4.

The Raiders tried to rally in bottom of the seventh as Siedlak hit her first home run of the season but Mount Union got no closer falling 6-5.

Mount Union plays two more games Monday against Alvernia (Pa.) at 11 a.m. and SUNY-Potsdam at 1 p.m.

DeSales 7, Mount Union 6 (Mar 1, 2015 at Clermont, Florida)
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Mount Union......... 000 202 2 -  6 13  2      (0-1)
DeSales............. 010 021 3 -  7  7  1      (1-0)
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Pitchers: Mount Union - Erin Simmons; Sadie Janus(5) and Megan Okuda. DeSales - DJ McCauley;
Andrea Artesani(7) and Haley Frati.
Win-DJ McCauley(1-0)  Save-Andrea Artesani(1)  Loss-Erin Simmons(0-1)  T-2:00  A-200
Simmons faced 2 batters in the 5th.

Game: 15SBGM01

Ferrum 6, Mount Union 5 (Mar 1, 2015 at Clermont, Florida)
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Ferrum.............. 020 130 0 -  6  9  2
Mount Union......... 300 100 1 -  5 10  1      (0-2)
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Pitchers: Ferrum - Emily Taylor; Callie O'Brien(6) and Sadie Wallace. Mount Union -
Allie Scalli; Erin Simmons(5); Sadie Janus(7) and Megan Okuda; Logan Lehman.
Win-Emily Taylor  Loss-Allie Scalli(0-1)  T-2:27  A-200
HR MTU - Leigh Siedlak.
Game: 15SBGM02