After 6 scoreless innings and a late rally, the Jennies fall short in the Softball Championship opener to Adelphi University (Garden City, NY) losing with a final score of 4-1. The Panthers who are 31-20 on the season took the lead early and never looked back. After giving up two base hits, Katie Shockley gave up a double to Jaclyn Binstock that traveled to left field on the seventh pitch of her at-bat. Both runners scored and the Panthers led 2-0 after a half inning.
AU added to the lead in the top of the third on Victoria Wink’s RBI single to left to make it 3-0. The Panthers threatened for more, loading the bases with no outs in the inning, but Katie Shockley was able to pitch out of the jam and keep it at a three-run game. Heading into the fourth Shockley then gave up a lead off double and was quickly replaced by Jakki Prater. Prater was able to record three quick outs to end the inning for the Jennies.
As the Jennies came up to bat in the top of the fourth Lindsey Dawson and Prater had back-to-back singles to start the inning before Lauren Mabe walked to load the bases with no outs. UCM could not score, however, as a strikeout, popout and a groundout ended the inning and kept the Jennies off the board.
AU was able to log another run in the top of the fifth to ground any kind of momentum the Jennies were looking for. Then Allie Dishinger pinch hit for UCM to lead off the bottom of the seventh and looked as though she would lead off with a single, but the Panthers made a play on the ball deep in the hole at short and made a strong throw for the first out of the inning. Carlie Rose stepped in and belted an 0-1 pitch in to the bleachers in left field for a solo home run to get UCM on the board and pull the Jennies within 4-1. Back to back singles started the late rally by Katie Giacone and Madison Hood but after a groundout and a fly ball to the gap the Jennies were unable to complete the late push.
UCM finished the game with six hits and three coming late in the final inning with a total of six runners left on base while AU finished with 10 hits and eight runners left on. Shockley (27-7) on the year took the loss for UCM allowing three runs on six hits in three plus innings of work. It was only her second loss in her last 25 decisions. Lindsay Mapes (19-9) earned the win for Adelphi, scattering six hits while striking out eight in a complete-game performance. The Jennies will now wait until Saturday when they return to action against California (Pa.) in an elimination game at 2:30 p.m. The Vulcans fell to fourth-ranked Dixie State 1-0 in their first game of the championships.