Doubleheader Sweep Gives Crusaders Top Seed
SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Saturday's sweep of Scranton by the Susquehanna softball team handed the Crusaders the No. 1 overall seed in the Landmark Conference Tournament and thus home field advantage throughout the tournament.
SU (23-11, 9-2) used 2-0, 3-1 victories to clinch the sweep. The Crusaders' two starting pitchers – Sarah Hoffman (Laceyville, Pa./Wyalusing Valley) and Morgan Lewis (Newtown, Pa./Council Rock North) – combined to give up only eight hits and one run over the 14 innings of play.
Susquehanna will serve as host as the No. 1 seed while Moravian is the No. 2 seed, followed by Scranton (23-7, 5-5) at the No. 3 seed and Catholic is the No. 4.
The Crusaders used timely hitting in both games to clinch the game. In the opener, Hoffman tossed all seven shutout innings and gave up only three hits while striking out five.
The game was scoreless until Susquehanna pushed two runs across the plate in the bottom of the sixth thanks to a two-base error by the right fielder. Hoffman retired the side in order to end the game.
Game two was much of the same as Lewis scattered five hits over seven innings of one-run ball.
SU went ahead 2-0 in the second on hard RBI hits from Kathryn Gilbert (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cumberland Valley) and Brittany Devlin (Furlong, Pa./Central Bucks East).
The Royals got back one of those runs in the fourth before the Crusaders tacked on an insurance run in the fifth when Lisa Finizio (Oakland, N.J./Indian Hills) scored on Alyssa Cantalini's (Kitchener, Ontario/St. David Catholic Secondary) hit to right field.
Lewis gave up just one hit over her final two innings of work to pick up the win and clinch SU's spot as the No. 1 seed.
Prior to the start of the second game, the team's four seniors – Sarah Dowzicky (Collegeville, Pa./Germantown Academy), Courtney Miller (Kendall Park, N.J./South Brunswick), Kate Reese (Wellsboro, Pa./Wellsboro Area) and Finizio - were honored in a pregame ceremony.
In addition, head coach Kathy Kroupa picked up her 200th and 201st career victories as head coach of SU.
The tournament, hosted by SU, opens on Friday, May 4 and concludes on Saturday, May 5. It is a double-elimination tournament.
Story provided by Susquehanna Sports Information