Long ball gives softball split in home opener

Sophia Leaman (photo by Craig Chase, craigchasephotography.com)
Sophia Leaman (photo by Craig Chase, craigchasephotography.com)

FREDERICK, Md. - The Hood College softball team earned a split in its home-opening doubleheader against Dickinson. The Blazers dropped the first game 4-2 before rebounding for an 11-2 win in five innings in game two. 

Sophia Leaman went 3 for 5 total over the two games with three runs batted in. She tripled in game one, then pitched a complete game and homered in the nightcap. In addition to Leaman, Kristy Erfurdt and Jasmine Webster homered in the game two win. 

Game One

  • Hood used a two-run fifth to tie the game, but Dickinson scored once in each the sixth and seventh to pick up the win. 
  • Erfurdt singled with two outs to start the Blazers' rally. After a pitching change, Leaman greeted the reliever with a triple down the line in left to make it 2-1. Kayli Paugh knocked in Leaman to tie the game with an infield single. 
  • Nicole Clayton led off the top of the sixth with a double and scored the winning run on a single by Kat Parise. 
  • The Red Devils added an insurance run in the seventh on a single by Kristen Acocella drove in Alicia Lane. 
  • Erfurdt doubled in the bottom of the seventh but was stranded at second. 
  • She went 2 for 3 with a walk, while Leaman was 2 for 4. 
  • Killian Kueny picked up the win. She scattered five hits, a walk and a run over 4.2 innings.Madison Milaszewski picked up the save with 2.1 innings of relief, allowing one run. 
  • Paugh pitched a complete game but took the loss. She allowed 10 hits and four runs while striking out three. 
  • Brigitte Gutpelet went 3 for 4 and Parise and Jessica Epstein had two hits apiece. 

Game Two

  • Erfurdt, Leaman and Webster all homered as the Blazers ended game two early with an 11-2 win in five innings. 
  • Erfurdt put Hood ahead 2-0 in the first with a two-run homer before the Red Devils cut the lead in half in the top of the second. 
  • Hood responded with a six-run second to break the game open. Caitlin Gosline drove in the first run with a sacrifice fly and Leaman's two-run shot made it 5-1. A two-run double from Kaitlin Barron stretched the lead to six before Barron scored on an RBI double from Katelyn Long
  • Dickinson scored once in the sixth before the Blazers put the contest out of reach with three runs in the fourth. Webster's two-run homer made it 10-2 and an infield single from Gosline capped the scoring. 
  • Leaman allowed two runs on seven hits over five innings for the win. 
  • Barron went 2 for 2 with a walk, two runs and two RBIs. Webster was 2 for 3 with a homer, two runs and two RBIs. Gosline, Erfurdt and Leaman knocked in two runs apiece. 
  • Kat Vill took the loss. She surrendered five runs in 1.2 innings. Milaszewski came on in relief and allowed five earned runs in 2.1 innings. 
  • Lane and Acocella had two hits each for the Red Devils. 

Up Next

Hood is idle until heading to Arizona for spring break from March 12-16. 




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