READING, Pa. - Stevenson softball freshman Morghan Fulton recorded six hits, including her second career home run, as the Mustangs split a MAC Commonwealth doubleheader versus Alvernia Saturday afternoon at Angelica Park.
With the 5-4 eight-inning game one opening loss, the Mustangs (8-20, 2-11 MAC Commonwealth) were officially eliminated from playoff contention before picking up a 7-6 victory in game two. It was the first extra-inning game for the team this season.
A bases loaded walk with two outs gave the Crusaders (16-13, 4-9 MAC Commonwealth) an early 1-0 lead in the second inning. But the visitors responded with a two-out run of its own on an RBI single up the middle by junior Jasmyn Ogletree to score classmate Tiffany McKee.
Trailing 3-2 entering the seventh inning, Fulton hit an RBI single scoring junior Brooke Steinbach from third before freshman Danielle Ebbighausen scored an unearned run after an overthrow to first base to five the visitors a one-run lead.
But the hosts pulled off a double steal, including a steal home to tie the game at 4-4 before a walkoff single with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning to secure the win.
Stevenson recorded 10 hits in the game, including a pair by Fulton, Ogletree, Steinbach and junior Kate Finnen. Meanwhile, Fulton recorded a career-best five strikeouts in the pitching circle.
After Alvernia scored two runs in the first inning to open game two, the Mustangs responded with a pair of their own in the top of the second on RBIs by freshman Haley Lennon and sophomore Erin Stephey. A solo home run by Fulton in the third inning gave Stevenson a 3-2 lead.
The Mustangs added to their lead with three runs on four hits in the sixth inning, all with two outs. Lennon hit a RBI double to right center before an RBI single by Stephey scored Lennon. McKee then hit her second triple of the season and eighth extra-base hit for a 6-2 advantage.
The Crusaders scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh to get within one run, but Stevenson was able to turn a double play to end the game.
Fulton was 4-for-4 at the plate with two RBIs. Ogletree earned the win in the pitching circle, scattering just three hits for one unearned run while striking out two.
Stevenson returns to action on Monday, April 24 when the Mustangs travel to Washington (Md.) for a non-conference doubleheader beginning at 3:00 p.m.