Softball team wins both doubleheaders


The Gannon University softball team enjoyed a successful week, sweeping doubleheaders from Point Park University and Clarion University to improve its record to 9-6.
The Knights blanked Point Park Wednesday, 7-0 and 4-0, in Pittsburgh and then traveled to Clarion and defeated the Eagles, 5-2 and 10-9, on Friday.
In Friday’s first game, Gannon erased an early 1-0 deficit when Ashley Bower drove home Megan Dietrick with an RBI double in the third, and in the next inning Kaity Stocker delivered a sacrifice fly, scoring Sarah Ingerick.
After Clarion battled back in the fourth inning to tie it 2-2, Gannon answered with three runs in the sixth. Rachel Tanilli scored on a wild pitch and Taylor Wilp put the nail in the coffin with a two-run double.
Bower, Wilp and Maria Taliani had multi-hit performances for Gannon. Madi Beining struck out six in seven innings to get the win, her fourth of the year.
In the second game, Gannon used a six-run fifth inning to build a 10-4 lead heading into the seventh and then held on as Clarion scored five runs in its last at-bat.
Lisa Szajn keyed the six-run rally with a two-run homer and Autumn Smith added a two-run homer later in the inning.
Gannon outhit the Eagles 16-7 as Ingerick and Taliani each had four hits and scored twice while Smith and Wilp each contributed two hits and scored a run. Smith added an RBI single to go with her two-run homer.
In the Knights’ opening-game win over Point Park Wednesday, Taliani started things off with a solo home run in the second inning, and that put Gannon ahead for good.
Tanilli added to that with an RBI double in the fourth, and Nicole Bush scored on Wilp’s sacrifice fly in the fifth to make it 3-0.
Smith contributed an RBI single in the sixth and in the seventh, the Knights piled on three more runs on Ingerick’s RBI double and Szajn’s absolute bomb of a two-run homer that made it 7-0.
Beining went the distance, allowing only three hits while striking out six in picking up the shutout.
In the second game, Szajn and Taliani both went 3 for 3 to lead the attack. Taliani hit two doubles and had two RBIs while Szajn doubled and drove in a run.
Dietrick went 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI.
Kennedy DeMatteis gave up just two hits and pitched a complete-game shutout.
Gannon will return to action Tuesday in a 3 p.m. doubleheader against Notre Dame of Ohio at McConnell Family Stadium.

James Hanchett
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