COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. - The Dickinson softball team got a solid pitching performance from Riley Kuehn in game one to pick-up a Centennial Conference doubleheader split against the host Ursinus College Bears on Saturday afternoon at the Snell Softball Field. The Devils earned a 4-3 win, before dropping an 8-0 decision during game two in five innings.
Game One - DEVILS 4, Ursinus 3
W - Riley Kuehn (6-9) | L - Kayla McTamney (5-6)
Inside the Game
The Bears threatened against Kuehn in the bottom of the first recording two singles to have runners on the corners with two gone, but Kuehn got Rachel Hartman swinging for her third K of the frame.
Dickinson rode that strong pitching into the top of the second as Lindsay Kucker walked and Paige Hahn doubled to put two in scoring position for Brooke Espenshade. Unfortunately, she bounced into a fielder's choice that forced out Kucker at home. Zoe Kleeblatt made sure DC was not held scoreless though as she produced an RBI single to left-center. Consecutive groundouts prevented more damage.
Kuehn remained locked-in on the circle as she retired the Bears in order over the next three frames. However, she ran into difficulty during the last of the fifth with a walk and an error putting two on for Samantha Mallen. She laid down a bunt to drive in one and keep two runners on the bags. A base knock to right drove home both players giving Ursinus a 3-1 edge. Kuehn calmed down after that and got a caught stealing along with a groundout to end the rally.
The Red and White responded during the ensuing inning as a single by Hannah Seburn and a miscue allowing Celia Vinacco to reach led to a sac bunt for Kucker. That brought Hahn to the dish where she delivered with a two-run double to left-center tying the score 3-3 with one out. Emma Varella then ran for Hahn at second and came around to score when Espenshade ripped a double to left. Hannah Brenner and Kleeblatt were retired by reliever Alexa Miller.
Kuehn shut the door over the final two innings as she allowed just one walk to seal up the 4-3 win.
Game Two - Ursinus 8, DEVILS 0 (F/5)
W - Kayla McTamney (6-6) | L - Lindsay Kucker (4-7)
Inside the Game
Ursinus began the scoring right away as Mackenzie Brennan doubled to start things off before two batters later Ally St. Jean singled to left driving in one. Kucker then settled down to get a strikeout and groundout retiring the side.
After both sides were put away in order during the second the Bears added another run in the last of the third with the same combination striking again when Brennan singled prior to coming home on a St. Jean two-bagger to deep right-center bumping the lead out to 2-0 through three.
Dickinson got a base hit by Vinacco and a hit batter of Kucker to stick two runners on base during the fourth with one gone. Unfortunately, Hahn and Espenshade popped up to allow no damage. Ursinus struck for five during the home-half as they loaded bags with a walk, hit-by-pitch, and single. St. Jean racked up another RBI with a knock to right allowing the Bears to go station-to-station. Kucker was then replaced in the circle by Kuehn who ran into immediate trouble walking two runs in which brought Kucker back to the mound. She then walked in two of her own to give the home side a 7-0 edge after four.
The Red and White went down in the fifth without scoring a run despite putting Kleeblatt and Brenner on base with one away. Dickinson hit into some hard luck when Devon Kueny lined into a double play to retire the side. Ursinus would wrap up the game during their at-bat when Amanda Panati singled to left before St. Jean grabbed RBI number four with a triple deep into the right-field corner to set the 8-0 final.
Dickinson (10-21, 3-9 Centennial) begins a busy week on Tuesday afternoon at Dickinson Park with a Centennial Conference doubleheader against rival Franklin & Marshall College beginning at 3 p.m.