Brandywine softball defeats Rosemont
By Brian Bosco, Lion’s Eye staff writer, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Penn State Brandywine softball team traveled to Rosemont College on Thursday, April 21, and came away with two blowout nonconference wins.
After a 9-0 shutout win by the Lady Lions in the first game of the double-header, they set out to do the same in the nightcap. Game two started off with a bang as Brandywine plated five runs on three hits that included a three-run RBI triple by Katy Steffen. The other two runs were knocked in with a pair of singles by Julie Foeldes and Steph Harvey.
Foeldes led seven players with at least two hits by going 3-4 at the plate. Harvey was not far behind Foeldes’ performance as she tallied five hits and three RBI’s over both games.
“We were able to put Rosemont in a hole early,” Head Coach, Mark Castansa said.
The early lead was all the senior pitcher, Olivia Encarnacion, needed. Encarnacion blanked the Ravens over the first 4 ⅓ innings before an error allowed Rosemont to score an unearned run. She finished the game with six strikeouts, only allowed five hits, and earned her sixth win of the season.
“I was just trying to get the ball over the plate as much as possible,” Encarnacion explained when asked how she kept Rosemont on edge.
A four-run fourth inning sealed the deal for the Lady Lions. The inning was led by last year’s All-Americans, Katie Steffen and Katie DeStefano. Steffen added an RBI double to score Foeldes, and Katie DeStefano recorded a big run scoring single. This ran the score up to 12-0 in Brandywine’s favor.
Heading into the top of the fifth inning Brandywine knew it had to hold Rosemont in order to keep the 10 run rule in effect. In college, the 10 run rule takes effect when one team is beating the other team by 10 runs or more through five innings.
Knowing they had to keep Rosemont from scoring two runs, Brandywine looked a little tense at the start of the inning. The inning started with a leadoff single, followed by a throwing error that allowed one run to score. This left Brandywine with a one run cushion and a runner on third. Next batter hits a rocket down to Grace DeRosa at third base. She slung it home to the catcher, Steph Harvey, as who embraced a forceful collision while tagging the runner out at the plate.
“It kept the game at 10 runs,” Harvey said. “I wasn’t trying to hurt her, I was just trying to do my job and get the out.”
Harvey got the out, while also making the play of the game. The next two batters hit lazy fly balls, and that ended the game with a final score of 12-1.
Brandywine is now 14-14 (7-1 in conference) and heads to Widener on Friday afternoon. Their big challenge comes this weekend with conference doubleheaders against Penn State New Kensington, and Penn State Fayette.