ERIE, Pa. – The Mercyhurst University softball team dropped a pair of Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Western Division games Wednesday afternoon at home to crosstown rival Gannon. Both games were a decided by one run, but the Lakers (7-9, 0-2 PSAC-W) fell short each time. The Lady Knights (10-10, 2-2 PSAC-W) came back to defeat Mercyhurst 6-5 in game one, while holding on to win game two, 3-2.
Game One | Mercyhurst 5, Gannon 6
Mercyhurst got off to a hot start, leading 5-0 after four innings of play.
Cassandra Egelston led off the game with a walk, followed by a Rachel DiBartolomeo single, helping the Lakers to put runners on base early.
Courtney Brothers would drive home Egelston on a double to left field, advancing DiBartolomeo to third.
Allison Yule drove in DiBartolomeo on the following at-bat, driving a sacrifice fly out to center field.
The Lakers led Gannon 2-0 after the first inning.
Mercyhurst would tack on three more runs in the third, as DiBartolomeo got the inning started with a double to right field. She would later score on Yule single to center field; her second RBI of the game.
Kayla Larson would, then, follow with a two-run bomb to left center. It was Larson’s first homerun of the season.
Gannon would rally in the fifth and sixth inning, eventually tying the game in the top of the sixth at five apiece.
The Lady Knight’s Alexa Archambeault would give Gannon the lead, stroking a RBI single up the middle with no outs.
Carly Konopka would come in to relieve starting pitcher Anna Cochis after the Archambeault single and worked her way out of a bases loaded, no out jam to end the inning.
Courtney Brothers would single in the bottom half of the seventh with two outs, but Olivia Gumbita (7-4) got Yule to pop out to end the game.
Cochis (3-3) received the loss.
Game Two | Mercyhurst 2, Gannon 3
Gannon struck first in game two, when Jen Moran hit a two-run homerun to left field in the top of the third.
Mercyhurst would tie the game in the sixth off a DiBartolomeo double to left center.
Brothers would follow with a single to second base, advancing DiBartolomeo to third. Larson would later walk, loading the bases with two outs. Emily Hair came in to pinch hit and ripped one down the right baseline but right at the Lady Knight’s first basemen. The lineout ended the inning and the go-ahead scoring threat.
Gannon would score the winning the run in the top of the seventh, when Alyssa Bates singled down the left field line, scoring Moran.
The Lakers went down in order in the bottom of the seventh.
Portia McBride started for Mercyhurst, pitching four innings and allowing two runs on six hits, while Heather Nye (2-4) received the loss in relief. Nye pitched three innings, allowing one run on four hits and struck out four. Kellyn Perich (2-4) earned the win for Gannon.
Mercyhurst will be back in action Friday, April 1st, when they travel to Slippery Rock for another PSAC West doubleheader. First pitch is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.