Jessup, PA – Saturday afternoon, the Lackawanna College Softball team clinched a second-place seed in the Region XIX Division II Softball Tournament with a doubleheader sweep of Rowan College at Burlington. The Falcons utilized the eight run rule in both contests to beat RCBC 16-3 in the first game and 16-4 in game two. By clinching the #2 seed, Lackawanna retains the home field advantage throughout the tournament, with exception of any contest against County College of Morris. Lackawanna finished their conference record with seven wins and three losses.
Game One Summary: Lackawanna scored 11 runs in the first inning and 5 more in the second to claim a 16-0 lead that was more than enough to coast to its victory. RCBC scored a run in the third to breakup Marlena Pegula's shut out and two more in the fourth. However, that was all the runs that the Lady Barons could muster as the game came to the end in the fifth by application of the eight run rule.
Lackawanna's best hitting performances were contributed by Courtney Hoffman, Colleen Cwalina and Haley Coale. Most impressive was Cwalina, who had three run and two run homers in three at bats. Also notable was Hoffman, who drove in four runs with two doubles while also leading off the game with single. Finally, Coale singled twice in three plate appearances while scoring one run and driving in another. The Falcons also had two more extra base hits, a double by Vanessa Wolf and a two bagger by Pegula.
Pegula earned the win by pitching four innings relinquishing three runs, only two of which were earned, on seven hits while striking out four. Amaya Townsend pitched a shutout inning in relief giving up a solitary hit while striking out one.
Game Two Summary: In game two, RCBC took an early 2-0 lead on a Meg Stanton two-run homer in the top of the first. That lead was erased quickly as the Falcons scored 11 runs in the bottom of the inning, highlighted by run scoring doubles by Colleen Cwalina and Mia Pawelski; and a two-run homer by Jordan Skoff. Although the Barons added two more runs in the top of the second, they could not threaten Lackawanna, as Mia Pawelski shut them down over the next three innings, while the Lackawanna bats added runs in the second and third innings and three more in the fourth. Again the Falcons used the eight run rule to end the game, this time with a 16-4 score in the fifth
Lackawanna had five hitters with multi-hit games. Courtney Hoffman singled twice and doubled, Collen Cwalina and Mia Pawelski both doubled twice and contributed a single; Lauryn Rodriguez added three singles; and Amanda Mowry had two base hits. The Falcons' only other extra base hit was Jordan Skoff's two run homer in the first.
Pawelski earned the win after giving up four earned runs over five innings, while holding the Barons to six hits. She also struck out five.
Lackawanna ends its regular season on Sunday when they travel to Lincroft, New Jersey, to play Brookdale Community College in a non-conference twin-bill. First pitch is scheduled for 12:00 PM.