GREENSBURG, Pa. – After dropping the first game 8-0 in five innings, the Franciscan softball team rebounded for an 8-6 win over Pitt.-Greensburg in the nightcap of an AMCC doubleheader, Wednesday.
The Lady Barons found themselves trailing early the second game as Greensburg plated three runs in the bottom of the first. It became evident though that the Lady Baron bats just needed a game to warm up. After senior Jordan Cunningham walked to lead off the second inning, freshman Anna Fluharty homered to left center to cut the deficit to 3-2.
"Game two was a great bounce-back for us," said Head Coach Jim Walker following the game. "We only had two hits (in the first game) so when Flu hit her home run, you could see our confidence skyrocket."
Junior Lindsey Finch followed with a double to centerfield and moved to third on a ground out from Anna King. Finch eventually scored on a wild pitch while Anna Ames was up to bat. The Greensburg pitcher was able to get herself out the inning but the damage had been done and the teams' were tied 3-3.
The Bobcats took the lead back in the bottom of the second as Alyssa Panza singled-home Derica Crowley but Panaza was thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double and the inning ended.
Franciscan broke the game open in the top of the third with four runs on five hits to take a 7-4 lead. Kathleen Thompson, Kayla Anderson and Ashley Kondracki strung together three straight hits to lead off the third and give Franciscan a 5-4 lead. With one out and runners on first and second, Finch drew a walk to load the bases for the Lady Barons. Ames brought two of the runners home, Finch and Fluharty, with a single up the middle to push FUS' lead to 7-5. After a pitching change, the Bobcats were able to work out of the inning with Franciscan in the lead.
Freshman Jayln Effertz worked a scoreless third, fourth, and fifth inning before Franciscan scored its final run of the game in the top of the fifth to take an 8-5 lead. With one out, freshman Dennise Carrazco singled down the right field line and then stole second and third during Thompson's at-bat. Thompson eventually drew a walk and while she stole second, Carrazco was able to come home for the Lady Barons' eighth run of the game.
The Bobcats came knocking on the door in the bottom of the seventh with a pair of runs but Effertz caught Colleen Murphy's pop up in foul territory to end the inning, stranding a pair of runners for the win.
"Jayln really battled and gave us another quality start," remarked Coach Walker. "Even when we had a few errors behind her, she found a way to limit the damage."
"We really need to give Kayla a lot of credit also," continued Coach Walker. "Her and Jayln work so well together and she seems to always call the right pitch for Jay to keep batters off balance."
The Lady Barons struggled to get their bats going in the first game and were held to just two hits Pitt.-Greensburg scored four runs in the second and fourth to take the opening game of the doubleheader, 8-0.
For the day, Fluharty was 3-for-6 with two runs and two RBI while Anderson and Kondracki each collected a pair of hits.
Effertz won her fourth game of the season in the second game while Amanda Pulice suffered the loss in game one.
After the Easter break, Franciscan will travel to Pitt.-Bradford for an AMCC doubleheader on Monday, April 17.