BEAVER FALLS, Pa. – The Franciscan softball team faced tough pitching and dropped a non-conference doubleheader to Geneva, Thursday afternoon. The Lady Barons fell 8-2 in the opening game before dropping the nightcap 15-0.
Franciscan struck first in the opening inning but had a tough time getting the offense going against a tough Golden Tornado pitcher. With runners on first and third thanks to a lead-off walk by freshman Dennise Carrazco and a Golden Tornado error, freshman Ashley Kondracki reached base safely off an error by the Geneva shortstop and Carrazco came home to give FUS a 1-0 lead. The lead would be short-lived, however, as Geneva scored two runs on three hits in the bottom of the first.
Geneva added another three runs in the bottom of the second to push its lead to 5-1.
Franciscan was held without a hit until the fourth inning when senior Jordan Cunningham led off the frame with a single to right. Anna King came out to pinch run and stole second with one out. Caroline Durand got King to third with a groundout but the Lady Barons couldn't get her home.
Geneva added another pair of runs in the fourth and one in the fifth to push its lead to 8-1. Franciscan scored the game's final run in the top of the seventh. Freshman Kathleen Thompson reached on a bunt single and moved to second on Thompson's groundout. Kondracki drove Thompson home with a single to center to bring the score to its final, 8-2.
Franciscan's offensive struggles continued in the second game as the Lady Barons had three hits off the Golden Tornado pitcher. FUS got its first hit of the game in the top of the third when Carrazco roped a single to center and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Carrazco was stranded on second, however, and the Lady Barons trailed 11-0 going into the bottom of the inning.
Geneva tacked on four more runs in the bottom of the fourth to lead 15-0. In their final at-bat, senior Lindsey Finch singled to center field but was left at second as Geneva got the final two outs of the game.
Thompson was 2-6 for the day and Cunningham was 2-5 while suffering the loss in the first game. Kondracki took the loss in game two.
"We definitely struggled today," remarked head coach Jim Walker. "The Geneva offense set the tone with their first inning home run and were just better than us today."
The Lady Barons play on their home field for the first time this season on Saturday as they host Waynesburg for a 1pm doubleheader.