Devils Drop Pair of Pitcher's Duels to End Season

Devils Drop Pair of Pitcher's Duels to End Season

CARLISLE, Pa. - There were just five combined runs scored across 17 combined innings of softball on Saturday afternoon at Dickinson Park. Unfortunately, for the Red and White, they came out on the wrongend of scores of 2-0 and 3-0 against the conference-leading Swarthmore College Garnet. In between the two contests, the Red Devils honored their three seniors Hannah Brenner, Paige Hahn, and Hannah Seburn.

Game One - Swarthmore 2, DEVILS 0

Pitching Decision

W - Gwen Glatz (8-2) | L - Riley Kuehn (8-11)

Inside the Game

Swarthmore threatened right out of the gates against Kuehn as Maya Estrera reached on an error to begin the contest and Alex Simon singled to put two on with one out for Glatz. Kuehn got her to pop-up to second and retired Olivia McClammy to flyout to Devon Kueny in center for the final out. Glatz setdown the Devils one-two-three in the bottom of the first.

The next time either team applied any pressure was in the last of the third when Zoe Kleeblatt started things with a single. Then, after she was caught trying to steal second and Brenner struck out Laia Gwathmey ripped one to left. Kueny followed with a knock to center putting two on for Celia Vinaccco. However, Glatz got her to groundout for the final out. Swarthmore looked menacing during the fourth as hits from Simon and Glatz put two in scoring position with no outs. Kuehn then locked things down recording three straight flyouts. 

Swathmore broke the scoreless tie in the sixth when Laura Hirai walked to start things off, before McClammy smoked an RBI triple with two gone for the 1-0 lead. Brooke Coneeny was next into the box and she plated the second run with a single. Sam Hastings flew out to right for the last out. Dickinson got two hits in their half of the frame, but could not score as Seburn bounced into a twin-killing and Hahn struck out. The Red and White would go down in order during the seventh to close the game.

Game Two - Swarthmore 3, DEVILS 0 (F/10)

Pitching Decision 

W - Meg Ozawa (15-1) | L - Lindsay Kucker (4-9)

Inside the Game

The pitchers were once again on full display in the second game as both Ozawa and Kucker were mowing down the opposition. through the first five innings as the Garnet had the only three hits up to that point. 

Swarthmore got a walk from Hirai with one down in the sixth, before Simon grounded out and Glatz popped out against Kucker to retire the side. Ozawa carried a perfect game into the home-half of the frame, but had it ruined by a leadoff knock from Kleeblatt. A sac bunt by Brenner moved her into scoring position with one away. However, Gwathmey popped out to short and Kueny tapped one back to third stalling the rally. 

The game would head to extras after neither side could mount a threat during the seventh. Swarthmore got a single and a walk followed by a wild pitch moved the two runners into scoring position for Simon with one gone. She whiffed on strike three before Glatz hit one to Seburn at short to retire the side. DC had a massive opportunity with their chance as Brooke Espenshade ripped a one-out double to right-center, followed by a knock for Kleeblatt putting women at the corners for Brenner. Unfortunately, she hit a grounder to first and Gwathmey grounded out to short for the final out of the inning.

To begin the tenth Hastings was automatically put on second base. She was advanced by a sac bunt for Grace Taylor. Jordan Jackson reached on an error to score one, before Simon ripped a two-run double to deep left-center plating two more for a 3-0 lead. Dickinson got two base runners in their half as Kucker was placed on second and Espenshade reached on a Garnet miscue with one down. However, Kleeblatt grounded back to Ozawa and Brenner grounded out to short for the final out of the game.