Early Runs Not Enough as Mustangs Fall to No. 23 Lebanon Valley

Early Runs Not Enough as Mustangs Fall to No. 23 Lebanon Valley

ANNVILLE, Pa. - The Stevenson softball team held a 2-0 lead through five innings of game one but it wasn't enough as 23rd-ranked Lebanon Valley rallied to sweep a MAC Commonwealth doubleheader over the Mustangs Saturday afternoon at LVC Softball Park.

The Mustangs (3-13, 0-6 MAC Commonwealth) recorded a combined 15 hits on the day, which is more than the team's last two doubleheaders combined. The team is 0-6 in road games this season and a combined 3-9 away from Weinberg-Fine Stadium.

In the opening game, Stevenson recorded three hits in the first inning, including a two-out bases loaded RBI single up the middle by junior Kate Finnen to give the visitors an early lead. The Mustangs doubled their lead on a RBI single by junior Jasmyn Ogletree in the second inning.

Junior Brooke Steinbach threw a one-hitter through five innings before the Dutchmen (15-5, 6-2 MAC Commonwealth) rallied for six runs in the bottom of the sixth on six hits. The Mustangs recorded two throwing errors in the inning to advance two runners.

Ogletree finished 2-for-4 while junior Alli Culp was 1-for-2 with a triple and sacrifice bunt. Sophomore Erin Stephey was 1-for-3 with two runs and a walk.

Lebanon Valley opened game two with a run in each of the first and second innings. The Mustangs had runners on second and third with just one out in the third inning but Alexa Windsor got the next two batters to ground out to the shortstop.

Stevenson loaded the bases in the next inning with two outs but once again left the runners stranded. The Dutchmen added three more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning all with two outs, including a bases loaded double that scored two.

Stephey and junior Tiffany McKee both finished 2-for-4 at the plate.

Stevenson returns to action on Wednesday, April 5 when the Mustangs travel to Hood for a MAC Commonwealth doubleheader beginning at 3:00 p.m.