CARLISLE, Pa. - The Dickinson softball team provided some late drama in game one against the visiting Susquehanna University River Hawks on Thursday night at Dickinson Park, but were unable to complete the comeback as the Red and White dropped a pair of contests 4-2 and 6-0.
Game One - Susquehanna 4, DEVILS 2
W - Gabby Bubba (9-4) | L - Riley Kuehn (8-10)
Inside the Game
It was a pitcher's duel early as both teams recorded just one hit with Hannah Seburn doubling in the first and Kiara Bryant picking up a base knock during the top of the second.
Kuehn ran into some difficulty in the top of the third as Nicole Plesh ledoff with a hit to right, followed two batters by an RBI double for Erin Bean. Lexi Palumbo reached on a DC miscue with one down, before a fielder's choice put two on with two away for Bryant. She ripped a single to center driving home one more for a 2-0 lead. Bubba the River Hawks starter posted a one-two-three bottom of the frame.
The pitching remained strong on both ends as neither side could mount much of an attack over the next two innings. However, Susquehanna worked their way back onto the scoreboard during the sixth as back-to-back doubles by Bryant and Zoe Bork led to one coming home. After Kuehn got the next two hitters on a strikeout and flyout Plesh plated the fourth run with a single to center extending the lead to 4-0. Once again Bubba did what was asked of her retiring the Devils in order.
Dickinson would not be shutout though as a single for Celia Vinacco and an error by the Hawks third baseman allowed Seburn to reach safely. Lindsay Kucker went down on strikes for the first out, before Paige Hahn plated two with a single. After a single from Brooke Espenshade put the tying run on base Bubba got Zoe Kleeblatt to pop-up and Hannah Brenner to groundout.
Game Two - Susquehanna 6, DEVILS 0
W - Katie Murphy (14-2) | L - Lindsay Kucker (4-8)
Inside the Game
The River Hawks were off and running right away in the top of the first as a walk to Bean along with an infield single for Ashley Warner set the stage for a two-run triple by Bryant with one gone. Kucker then settled down and got Zoe Bork to line out to third and Rosemarie Mirabella to pop-up allowing no more damage. Dickinson had an opportunity in the home-half against Murphy when Devon Kueny reached on an error and Kucker walked to put two on with two gone for Hahn. Unfortunately, she became the third strikeout of the frame.
Susquehanna added on during the third and fourth to extend their advantage to 6-0. First, in the third two singles and a walk loaded the bags with one away for Bork. She stepped into the box and ripped a two-bagger to center clearing the bases. Then, in the following inning hits from Warner and Bork along with a free-pass to Palumbo filled the bases with River Hawks. That brought Mirabella to the plate and she produced an RBI knock to cap the scoring.
Dickinson just had no answer offensively for Murphy as after the first inning the Red and White did not produce another base-runner until the last of the sixth when Vinacco singled to left with two away, but was left stranded out there when Seburn went down on strikes. The Devils went down in order during the seventh striking out two times to give Murphy 18 on the night.
The Red Devils (10-23, 5-9 Centennial) conclude their 2022 campaign on Saturday afternoon when they host conference-leading Swarthmore College at Dickinson Park beginning at 1 p.m.