The College’s softball team notched two wins at Richard Stockton College in a New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) doubleheader on Sunday afternoon, winning 2-1 in game one and 9-5 in the nightcap.
In the second game, the team tallied eight runs in the bottom of the first inning to get out to an early lead.
The Lions (18-4 overall, 5-1 NJAC) had four players finish the game with a two-for-four effort, including junior infielder Carolyn Kaschak.
“Carolyn’s been one of our most consistent hitters,” head coach Sally Miller said. “It was good to see the team hit how we know we can when we’re in that groove.”
Sophomore pitcher Jessica Donohue earned her second win of the day as she pitched four innings of hitless relief, improving to 10-2.
“Jumping out to the early lead in the second game was definitely nice,” Donohue said. “It was just great to get out there again.”
“We have some individuals that can bring more to the plate and be more consistent,” Miller said. “We’re lacking consistency more than anything, but when we find it, we’re going to be tough to beat.”
“We beat a good team twice in one day,” Mille said. “We really only played at 50 percent of what we’re capable of, but the next couple of weeks are huge for us and we’ll hopefully keep improving.”
Lions 2, Ospreys 1
During the first game senior designated hitter Lauren McEvoy connected on an RBI single for the game-winning run. Donohue pitched her ninth complete game of the season, striking out 10 batters with only three walks.
“We were excited to finally get out there again and we played well,” Donohue said. I felt in control.”
“If I had to point to one player as our most consistent performer, I’d say it’s Jess,” Miller said. “She’s doing a great job for us and we need her, because we have some freshmen pitchers who are off and on.”
The Lions, ranked 10th in the latest Division III poll, now stand at 18-4 overall and 5-1 in the NJAC, while Richard Stockton College drops to 13-8-1 on the year and 4-4 in the conference.
“I think we’ve been stalling because of the weather and our rhythm was definitely affected,” Miller said. “We’re working to get back to the point where we can play our best.” The Lions had three games canceled this week, because of the weather, with Sunday’s doubleheader making up one of them.
“Every team in the conference is on the same boat,” Miller said, in regard to the weather affecting the schedule. “We started slow offensively, partially because we just haven’t been playing enough because of the snow and rain, but it was good to come out stronger in the second game,” Miller added.
Up next for the Lions is another NJAC doubleheader versus Rutgers University-Camden on Tuesday, April 15 at 3:00 p.m.