Mar 17, 2017
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - The Franciscan softball team finished the annual spring trip 3-5 after dropping both games on the final day.
Game one saw the Lady Barons fall to Keystone College, 10-4. "Today was a very frustrating day for us" said Coach Walker. "We stranded 11 runners in the first game and had a few opportunities for big innings but never got the key hit that was needed to score runs." Even with the offensive struggles the Barons did get good production from sophomore Anna King, and freshmen Kayla Anderson, Ashley Kondracki, and Dennise Carrazco, who all chipped in with two hits a piece.
Game two saw FUS drop a hard fought battle with Rutgers-Camden, 4-2. The Barons had three defensive miscues that led to three first inning unearned runs. Senior Jordan Cunningham did a great job of settling in and holding Camden to one run the rest of the way. "Jordan has really stepped up and given us a chance to win every time she takes the ball" said Coach Walker. The offense was only able to squeak out two runs in the second game with the offense being lead by Cunningham and freshman Anna Fluharty chipping in with two hits each.
Even with the two loses today, Coach Walker said it was a pretty successful trip. "We are a really young team right now," noting that the Barons start five freshmen and two to three sophomores any given day. Walker continued, "The girls saw the type of effort that is required to be successful at this level."
The Lady Barons had some players with pretty impressive stats heading into today's games. Cunningham entered the day with a 2-1 record and an era of 2.30, sophomore Amanda Pulice, a Weirton Madonna grad, picked up her first collegiate win in the circle. Offensively the Lady Barons were led by Carrazco who entered the day with a .542 batting avg, seven runs, three doubles and six RBI; Cunningham .389 avg, six runs, two doubles, one triple and four RBI; Ashley Kondracki contributed a .340 avg with six RBI; junior captain Lindsey Finch had a slugging percentage of .435 with two triples, five runs scored; Kathleen Thompson chipped in a .263 avg with three stolen bases; while Anna Ames and Anne Pivarunas had six and three RBI respectively.
The Lady Barons return to Steubenville and have away games at Geneva College on Thursday and their home opener on Saturday versus Waynesburg University.