By: Matylda Zamudio
MCKEESPORT, Pa. – The Penn State Beaver women's softball team snagged two PSUAC road wins against Penn State Greater Allegheny on Friday.
The Lady Lions handed Greater Allegheny an 18-3 loss in game one and an 11-0 loss in the second game of the day.
Beaver started the conference doubleheader with a bang by putting up a whopping 11 runs in the top of the first including a Hughes' homer to advance Tyler Johnson, junior Lacey Weible (Hookstown/South Side) and freshman Taylor Johnson (San Antonio/East Central) all the way home (11-0). Greater Allegheny scored three runs to end the first, bring the score to 11-3 but wasn't able to score over the next three innings, while the Lady Lions racked up seven more runs. Thanks to Mercy Rule, game one wrapped after the fourth, and Beaver took an 18-3 victory.
Junior Jessica Hughes (Hopewell) had a dominant performance at bat, earning 5 RBIs in the game.
Freshman Tyler Johnson (San Antonio/East Central) also led the offense and went 2 for 3 with 3RBIs.
Senior Vanessa Jackson (Snohomish) took the mound for Beaver in game one, where she pitched a complete game. Jackson allowed only three hits and struck out four of the 14 batters she faced.
Beaver continued to keep Greater Allegheny at bay in game two. Already up 6-0, the Lady Lions kept their offense attack going in the top of the fourth, putting up three runs, the last two of which came after senior Dina Cable (Mannington/ Salem County Vo Tech) batted-in freshman Michelle Cisco (Churchville/C. Milton Wright) and Hughes to score (9-0). The Lady Lions never allowed Greater Allegheny to land on the scoreboard and nabbed their second win of the series (11-0).
Cable led the way for Beaver in game two, where she went 3 for 3 at bat and racked up 3 RBIs followed by Tyler Johnson, who went 2 for 3 RBIs.
Senior Torey Cassidy (Hinsdale/Portville) was on the mound in game two, where she pitched a complete game two. Cassidy struck out two of the 18 batters she faced and only allowed one hit in the game.
After today's win against Greater Allegheny, Beaver is now 23-9 overall for the season and sit at a 12-2 record in the PSUAC conference.
The Lady Lions will continue their series against Greater Allegheny at home tomorrow in Saturday's doubleheader. Game one is at 2 p.m. followed by game two at 4 p.m.