BU softball sweeps IUP in double header: Junior Taylor Parker hits home runs in both games, ignites offense

Jake McDonnell, Staff Writer

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     On Sunday afternoon, the Bloomsburg University softball team extended its winning streak to three games, picking up 8-2 and 5-3 victories over Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Central Division Rival, Indiana University of Pennsylvania. The Huskies are now 14-12 on the season, with a 7-1 record in league play. The Crimson Hawks now hold a 10-13 record, going 2-4 against division opponents.

GAME ONE RECAP
      The Huskies wasted no time getting things started in game one. Bloomsburg’s first two hitters, sophomore Taylor Winkelman and junior Emily Mayhew, got on base via single and walk. Both Huskies would score on an RBI single from sophomore Emily.

     In the second inning, junior Taylor Parker, who started the game in the circle, helped her own cause with a two-run home run that brought Mayhew across the plate. After just two innings, the Huskies had a 4-0 advantage over the Crimson Hawks.

     In the fourth inning, Bloomsburg once again fired things up with a Winkelman double and a Mayhew single. Parker, in the ensuing at-bat after hitting the home run, reached base on a fielder’s choice, and Winkelman was able to score on the play. Mayhew would then score on a sacrifice fly-out from senior Holly Peacock.

     After Bloomsburg had three two-run innings, IUP scored two runs in the sixth inning off of a two-run home run from junior Amanda Parrish that also scored senior Hannah Mercer. It would be the only scoring play the Crimson Hawks had against Parker, who pitched seven innings, allowing two earned runs on two hits, three walks, and nine strikeouts. Parker is now 7-5 on the season.

     In the bottom of the sixth inning, Bloomsburg answered right back. Peacock picked up an RBI on a single that scored Winkelman, and Parker scored on a fly-out by Getz. At that point, Bloomsburg was up by an 8-2 margin, and Parker recorded a 1-2-3 inning in the seventh to end the game.

 

Along with her two home runs, Taylor Parker pitched a complete game, striking out nine Crimson Hawks.
 

GAME TWO RECAP
     In the first inning of the latter contest, Parker picked up right where she left off, hitting a solo home run, her fifth of the season and her second of the afternoon.

     For the rest of the game, the Huskies played small ball to manufacture the rest of their runs. In the third inning, Mayhew hit a double and scored on a single from Getz. Bloomsburg got its third run in the fourth inning when sophomore Marissa Shelhamer scored on a RBI single from Winkelman. The Huskies got their last two runs in the fifth and sixth innings, respectively, off two errors from IUP, as Parker and Winkelman scored on those plays.

     Senior Mallory Tomaschik earned her sixth win of the season with a complete game. She did not allow a base runner in three straight innings, but she ran into some trouble in the seventh inning when the Crimson Hawks scored three runs that included a two-run homer by freshman Kaitlyn Beers. The third run was an RBI double by sophomore Laura Cotter. Tomaschik struck out eight batters on her way to the win.

     Tomaschik finished the game with nine strikeouts, and allowed three earned runs on six hits. She did not walk a batter. The Huskies are currently 16-12 on the season and an impressive 7-1 in PSAC play, led by sophomore Emily Getz who is currently batting .417 on the season with 15 hits and 8 RBI.