OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Both junior Erin Stephey and senior Jasmyn Ogletree extended their hitting streaks to 10 games but the Stevenson softball team totaled a combined seven errors as the Mustangs dropped a Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Commonwealth doubleheader versus Lebanon Valley Saturday afternoon at Weinberg-Fine Stadium.
The Mustangs (9-9, 1-3 MAC Commonwealth) dropped the opening game 9-3 before falling in 11 innings in game two, 9-8. It is the first time this season the team has been swept in a doubleheader.
Stevenson took an early 2-0 lead in the opening game on an RBI triple by senior Tiffany McKee to score Stephey before McKee came around to score on a groundout by Ogletree. It is the first triple of the season for McKee who totaled two last season.
The Dutchmen (8-6, 4-3 MAC Commonwealth) answered with a pair of runs in the third innings before exploding in the seventh inning with seven runs on four Mustang errors. Five of those runs were unearned.
Stephey totaled three of the team's seven hits in the game.
After Lebanon Valley took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning of game two, Stephey launched her sixth home run of the season and third in the last three games. The junior entered the season with six home runs over her first two seasons.
The hosts jumped out to a 6-1 lead in the bottom fo the fourth inning after scoring five runs, capped by a three-RBI double by senior Alli Culp. Both senior Brooke Steinbach and sophomore Danielle Ebbighausen recorded an RBI in the inning.
The Dutchmen scored two runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings to tie the game at 7-7 and send the game to extra innings. Stevenson had runners on first and third with no outs in the bottom of the eighth inning, but pitcher Maddie Abbot got the next three batter to pop up.
Stevenson returns to action on Wednesday, April 11 when the Mustangs host a MAC Commonwealth doubleheader versus Hood beginning at 3:00 p.m.