Seton Hall splits four games in Elon Softball ClassicDate: February 9, 2020
By: Angelique McKenzie
Spring sports are finally here, and the Seton Hall softball team are already four games into their season. The team took a trip Elon, North Carolina to participate in the Elon University Softball Classic and after a long weekend are now 2-2 on the season.
The Pirates got off to a rough start after dropping their very first game of the season against Longwood University, 7-5, on Saturday morning. Senior Reganne Camp pitched the first 3.1 innings giving up the four runs in the bottom of the fourth that would eventually mark her as the losing pitcher on the game.
The Pirates did have an early lead though and were up 3-0 before Longwood rallied to win it. Junior Janae Barracato batted in three of the Hall’s five runs, while the other two came from freshman Abby Wingo and junior Payton Beaver. Game two saw Seton Hall comeback with a vengeance as they beat hosts Elon, 17-6, on Saturday game. Sophomore Kelsey Gumm got the start on the mound but struggled giving up six runs in 1.2 innings pitched.
Gumm was eventually replaced by freshman Shelby Smith who finished out the game by giving up no runs in the final 4.1 innings, striking out six of the batters that steeped in the box against her. On the offensive side of the field, the team was on fire getting a total of 17 hits on 37 at bats. Barracato and Wingo continued their hot streaks from the earlier game, both driving in three runs.
Right fielder Marisa Pla also got in on the action driving in three runs of her own on two hits. The rest on the runs came by committee as the Pirates refused to let up on their way to their first win.
On Sunday, the Pirates faced off against the University of Rhode Island in a doubleheader with both games starting before noon. The first game saw Camp back on the mound to start the game. She pitched all seven innings and held Rhode Island to just two runs on three hits, while striking eight of those that came up against here.
The lone Pirate run was scored by Beaver who hit a solo homer to left field to get the team on the board first. Sadly the Rhode Island Rams managed to rally and take a 2-1 lead and eventually win the game.
The late morning game saw the Pirates come out swinging early, taking a five-nothing lead in the first inning. Shortstop Kiana Tate led the team in runs batted in with three, while Wingo had two more of her own.
First baseman Baylee Allender scored the final Hall run in outstanding fashion with a homerun to the end game. On the mound, Mo Sobel started the game and threw 57 pitches over 2.1 innings and was eventually replaced by Gumm who finished the game to record the win. In the end, Seton Hall won 7-2 after six innings to finish up their trip to North Carolina.
The Pirates will be back in action next weekend when they travel to Lake Elsinore, Calif., to take part in the Golden State Classic. Unfortunately, your first chance to see them at the newly renovated Mike Sheppard Sr. Field won’t be until March 10, when they take on Rutgers.
Angelique McKenzie can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.