Wesley gets crucial doubleheader sweep at Penn St.-Harrisburg

Wesley gets crucial doubleheader sweep at Penn St.-Harrisburg

MIDDLETOWN, Pa. – The Wesley College softball team picked up two big Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) wins in a doubleheader on the road over the Penn St.-Harrisburg Lions.

A complete-game shutout by Lindsay Siok and a record-setting performance by Nina Marcano led the Wolverines in an 8-0 run-rule victory over the Lions in the opener.

Wesley opened the scoring in the first inning when Samantha Burns scored on an error by the second baseman. Three batters later, Lauren Hoffman hit a sacrifice fly to left field to score Megan DiRubbio.

After Marcano's one-out double in the third inning, Devin Mackay followed a double of her own to score Marcano from second to give Wesley a 3-0 lead.

Wesley plated two more runs in the fifth when Nina Marcano brought two runners home a sacrifice fly and an error by the pitcher.

Three more runs came around to score in the sixth for Wesley, all with two outs in the inning. Burns hit a RBI single to score Brooke Retkowski. Then, DiRubbio reached on an error with allowed Karina Cardona to score. A batter later, Nina Marcano hit a single to plate Burns.

Siok pitched six scoreless innings to earn the win. Siok only gave up six hits in the shutout. Marcano went a perfect 3-for-3 and set Wesley's career hits record with a double in the first inning. Burns tallied three runs and two hits for Wesley while DiRubbio scored twice.

It took eight innings, but Wesley prevailed in extra frames 9-6 over Penn St.-Harrisburg to notch the doubleheader sweep.

Wesley wasted no time in getting an early lead with a four-run first inning. After Burns led off the game with a double, Mackay brought her home with a single through the left side of the infield. Retkowski brought in two runs with a bases-clearing triple then she scored on the same play after an error by second baseman.

Penn St.-Harrisburg answered with two runs in the bottom of the first and third innings to tie the game at four.

Wesley regained the lead in the fourth inning when Lauren Hoffman tripled with two outs to score Mackay and DiRubbio.

Penn St.-Harrisburg forced extra innings after plating a run in the sixth and seventh inning.

Wesley powered ahead with three runs in the eighth inning. Mackay smacked a double to score Marcano. Three batters later, Cardona hit a two-run single to score Mackay and Hoffman.

Siok picked up her second win of the day and her 15th of the season in 5.2 innings of relief. Cardona, Mackay, Hoffman and Retkowski each brought in two runs in the win. Cardona went 4-for-5 at the plate while DiRubbio and Mackay went 3-for-5.

The Wolverines (19-15, 5-7 CAC) will look to clinch a berth in the CAC Championship Tournament when they face the York (Pa.) Spartans in a doubleheader tomorrow at 1 p.m.. The Wolverines will have to sweep the doubleheader over the Spartans in order to get into the conference tournament.