OWINGS MILLS, Md. - The Stevenson softball team recorded a combined 14 hits but allowed 21 to Lycoming as the Warriors swept a MAC Commonwealth doubleheader, 3-0 and 10-1, Saturday afternoon at Weinberg-Fine Stadium.
The Mustangs (3-17, 0-10 MAC Commonwealth) pushed a run across for the first time in the last five games in the second game of the doubleheader but were a combined 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position.
Junior Brooke Steinbach was in the pitching circle for the opening game for the hosts as she delivered back-to-back strikeouts to start the game. She started the second inning with her third strikeout before allowing the first hit with two outs.
The Warriors (12-6, 4-4 MAC Commonwealth) had runners on first and second with one out in the third inning before Steinbach forced the next batter to ground into a double play as junior Kate Finnen and classmate Jasmyn Ogletree connected on the play.
Ogletree recorded the first of the day for the Mustangs with a stand-up double to right field with one out. But freshman pinch runner Gina D'Andrea was left stranded as the next two batters flied and popped out, respectively.
After a three-up, three-down inning from Steinbach, the Mustangs recorded just one hit in the bottom of the fifth as freshman Haley Lennon hit a single to left field.
With one out, Lycoming recorded three straight hits in the top of the sixth inning, including a two-RBI triple by Morgan Kunes that hit off the third base bag. Freshman Morghan Fulton was able to get the next batter to fly out but the runner on third was able to tag for a 3-0 lead.
Fulton retired the side in order in the top of the seventh, including consecutive strikeouts to start the inning. In the bottom of the inning, Stevenson had runners on second and third with two outs after hits by senior Nicole Dell and Lennon.
But they became the sixth and seventh batters left stranded. The Mustangs were just 1-for-9 with runners on base in the opening game.
The Warriors started the second game, loading the bases in the opening inning. But Ogletree and the Mustangs got out of the jam leaving all three runners stranded. Lycoming left 10 runners on base in the second game.
Sophomore Erin Stephey hit a leadoff single to right field in the bottom of the first before moving to second on a sacrifice bunt by junior Tiffany McKee. Ogltree hit an RBI single up the middle to give the Mustangs an early 1-0 lead as the hosts recorded four hits in the inning.
The visitors answered with four hits of their own in the second inning, pushing three runs across, including two with two outs.
Both Dell and Stephey added hits as the duo was on second and third with two outs in the bottom of the second inning but were once again left stranded. Stevenson left a combined 15 runners on base in the two games.
The Warriors loaded the bases for the second time on the day in the third inning but Fulton and the defense kept the damage to just one run. Lycoming did most of its damage in the fifth inning, scoring four runs on five hits.
Ogletree finished 4-for-7 at the plate while Dell was 3-for-6. Lennon recorded her second multi-hit game going 2-for-2 in the second game.
Stevenson returns to action on Sunday, April 9 when the Mustangs host a non-conference doubleheader versus Penn State Harrisburg. First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.