California University of Pennsylvania overpowered the Crimson Hawks for the second straight doubleheader Monday, winning 11-0 and 7-1. Seton Hill University also defeated the Crimson Hawks with 13-4 and 12-6 victories Tuesday.
“We just need to keep working together, supporting and trusting one another,” Allison Viguers (junior, marketing) said. “The success will come.”
The two doubleheader downfalls plummeted Indiana University of Pennsylvania 12-18 overall and 10-10 in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference West.
IUP recorded only two hits in the opening game against the Vulcans, one of which was a double that came off Viguers’ bat.
“I was the first person up [to bat] in the inning,” Viguers said. “I was just thinking to be aggressive and to get on base in any possible way. I went into the box with a plan, and everything worked out.”
Alexa Campbell (senior, exercise science) pitched all five innings, taking the loss for the Hawks.
Cal U scored five runs within the second inning, and by the fourth, 11 total made it across home plate.
In Game 2, the Vulcans crushed four home runs to gain a sturdy lead against IUP. Two of the homers came in the fourth and one each in the fifth and sixth inning.
Amy Fairman (senior, sports administration) hit a home run to center field in the second inning, but it was not enough to catch up to Cal U.
“I was just hoping to get a hit on base,” Fairman said. “After I hit the ball, I was positive it was going over.”
“Cal is a tough team with excellent pitchers,” she said. “We just didn’t bring our ‘A’ game against them, including me.”
Amanda Spindler (sophomore, criminology) stepped up to the mound and took the loss.
The Crimson Hawks seized leads in each game against Seton Hill, but the Griffins swept IUP by the fourth and fifth innings, respectively.
In the opening game and first inning, Viguers, Meghan Carney (senior, early childhood and special education) and Lauren Hogue (junior, early childhood and special education) each scored runs, driving IUP to a quick 3-0 lead.
Hannah Mercer (sophomore, marketing) slammed a homer to center field in the second, tallying another run that held the Hawks at a decent 4-3 lead heading into the fourth inning.
Seton Hill took control of the game in the fourth with two runs, adding three in the fifth and five more in the sixth to take a nine-run lead.
In the sixth inning, the Griffins hustled toward the mercy-rule victory.
Even though the Griffins swept away Mercer’s home-run lead, she explained how the beauty of softball is that it can be anyone’s game at any given time.
“I never feel disappointed or defeated until the last out is called in the last inning,” she said.
Campbell took the loss while IUP totaled 10 hits. Mercer, Stefanie McCoy (senior, exercise science) and Carney each recorded a pair of base hits. One of McCoy’s knocks was a triple to right field, and Carney and Amanda Parrish (freshman, accounting) each had doubles.
Game 2 of the doubleheader began with a three-run lead by Seton Hill. But the Crimson Hawks rallied together and took control in the third inning.
The Griffins scored three runs in the first two innings while IUP scored one off the bat of Fairman, scoring Hogue.
In the third, Megan Gould (freshman, early childhood and special education), McCoy and Hogue tallied runs to the scoreboard. Viguers crushed a centerfield homer in the fourth, scoring McCoy, jumping IUP to a 6-3 lead.
Despite IUP’s surge, Seton Hill responded with seven runs in the fifth and two in the six for reassurance.
“[Seton Hill] didn’t go our way, but we have some huge games left to play,” Mercer said. “IUP softball is not done yet.”
With only three doubleheaders left in the seasom, the Crimson Hawks will play the University of Pittsburgh at Johnston Friday and Edinboro University Saturday. A Wednesday series with Mercyhurst University was postponed.