(Photos) Softball: Cal U posts run-rule sweep over Clarion

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Jeff Helsel

Freshman pitcher Kaitlyn Leary earned the 11-1 victory in Game 1 of the doubleheader against Clarion at Roadman Park’s Lilley Field, California Pa. on Saturday, March 20, 2021.

Matthew Kifer, Sports Information Director

(March 20, 2021)

The Vulcans posted a pair of run-rule victories on Saturday afternoon to sweep a doubleheader against Clarion at Lilley Field in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) West action, winning 11-3 in Game 1 and 9-1 in Game 2.

Freshman second baseman Selena Jaquay introduced during the starting lineup announcement prior to the doubleheader against Clarion at Roadman Park’s Lilley Field, California, Pa. March 20, 2021. (Jeff Helsel)

With the sweep, the California University of Pennsylvania softball team improves to 7-3 overall – all in divisional play. The Vulcans were facing the Golden Eagles for the first time since the 2018 season at the PFX Spring Games in Florida. Meanwhile, Clarion falls to 3-7 this season behind a 1-7 mark in league action.

In Game 1, the Vulcans scored at least three runs in three different innings to claim the 11-3 run-rule victory in six innings. Freshman designated player Shayna Postler finished 3-for-4 with three doubles, two RBI and one run scored. Senior first baseman Paige Wilson  went 2-for-3 with three RBI, two runs scored and one walk, while freshman center fielder Alyssa Young  finished 2-for-3 with two RBI, one run scored and one walk. Freshman second baseman Selena Jaquay  tallied two hits and two runs scored and freshman left fielder Jordan Pinneri posted a pair of hits.

Sophomore third baseman Makayla Munchinski (14) on March 20, 2021. (Jeff Helsel)

Cal U tied the score at 1-1 on a two-out error in the bottom of the first before scoring three runs in the third. The Golden Eagles cut the deficit to 4-2 in the top of the fourth before the Vulcans responded with three runs in the bottom of the inning. Wilson delivered a two-run double to left center before scoring on a double by Postler. In the sixth, the Vulcans forced the run-rule victory with fourth-straight RBI hits.

Freshman Kaitlyn Leary  earned the victory after allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits and two walks in 5.0 innings (83 pitches). Clarion starter Rebecca Kelley suffered the loss after surrendering four runs (all earned) on six hits and three walks in 3.0 innings (73 pitches).

In Game 2, the Vulcans scored six runs after benefiting from two errors in the bottom of the fifth to post the 9-1 run-rule victory. Young finished 2-for-3 with one RBI and two runs scored. Wilson, Pinneri and freshman Britney Wilson  all registered a pair of RBI, while senior catcher Brooke Wilson  scored two runs.

Senior Brooke Wilson scored two runs in Game 2 of Cal U’s doubleheader against Clarion on March 20, 2021. (Jeff Helsel)

 

Cal U scored on a fielder’s choice in the second and added one run on a sacrifice fly in the third. The Golden Eagles scored on a ground-out in the top of the fourth before Britney Wilson collected a two-out, pinch-hit RBI single in the bottom of the inning. The Vulcans sealed the victory in the sixth by scoring runs in a variety of ways – three singles, error, ground-out and sacrifice fly.

Junior Kelsey Barron allowed just two base runners (double, error) and one run (earned) over 5.0 innings (71 pitches) while earning the complete-game victory. Clarion starter Megan Anderson was saddled with the loss after yielding nine runs (three earned) on six hits in 4.0-plus innings (91 pitches).

Junior Kelsey Barron (La Salle, Mich./St. Mary Catholic Central) allowed just two base runners (double, error) and one run (earned) over 5.0 innings (71 pitches) while earning the complete-game 9-1 victory against Clarion in Game 2, March 20, 2021. (Jeff Helsel)
Freshman Shayna Postler (31) finished 3-for-4 with three doubles, two RBI and one run scored in Game 1 against Clarion on March 20, 2021. (Jeff Helsel)
Cal U outfielder Alyssa Young (9) catches a fly ball near the fence. (Jeff Helsel)
Infield senior Alexa Pastor tags a runner at second base. (Jeff Helsel)
Softball head coach Rick Bertagnolli during a discussion with assistant coach Natalya Smarra (Jeff Helsel)
Cal U catcher Brooke Wilson tags Clarion sophomore Carissa Giordano (20) in the ankle as she slides head-first into home plate. Giordano was ruled safe at home and scored a run for Clarion. (Jeff Helsel)
Cal U softball team gathers for a post-game discussion with the coaching staff. (Jeff Helsel)