Jessup, PA – Wednesday afternoon, the Lackawanna College softball team rallied in the bottom of the 7th inning of the second game to gain a split of its doubleheader with SUNY-Orange. The Falcons lost the opener to Orange 9-4 before rallying to take the nightcap 7-6.
Game One: Orange took a 3-0 lead in the initial four innings of the Wednesday doubleheader, holding Lackawanna to four hits during that span. In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Lady Falcons' bats came alive as Jordon Skoff singled, stole second and move to third on an errant throw. Alexandria Thoman then drove in Skoff with a single. Collen Cwalina followed with her 10th homer of the year to tie the game at 3-3. Unfortunately for Lackawanna, Orange tallied 6 runs in the top of the 7th to put the Colts ahead 9-3, to which the Falcons could only respond with a solo run in the bottom of the frame on a RBI double by Cwalina.
Both Alex Thoman and Colleen Cwalina were the Falcons' top performers. Thoman singled three times in four at bats with two runs scored and an RBI. Cwalina doubled and homered in her four at bats with a run scored and three RBIs.
Marlena Pegula suffered the loss.
Game Two: The Colts again took the early lead in the nightcap when they scored two runs in the top of the first. The Falcons cut into that lead in the bottom of the second, when Gabrielle Vuocolo scored on a Kaitlin Weller single. Once more Orange answered Lackawanna's threat by putting four more runs on the scoreboard in the fourth inning to give them a 6-1 lead. Thereafter, it was all Lady Falcons. In the bottom of the fourth, Mia Pawelski and Lexi Bruno scored on another single by Weller. Later in the inning, both Weller and Lexi Chapman scored on a single by Alexandria Thoman, to cut the Colt's lead to 6-5. This RBI single, was Thoman's 100th hit as a Lady Falcon in her two-year career at Lackawanna.
Each team failed to score, until the bottom of the seventh. Leading off for the Falcons, Vuocolo tied the score at 6-6 with a home run blast down the left field line. Orange quickly tallied an out when Pawelski struck out looking. The Falcons regained the momentum, when both Bruno and Weller singled to put runners on first and second. With Lexi Chapman at the plate both Bruno and Weller moved up a base on a passed ball. Surprising everyone, the very next pitch was also a passed ball, which gave Bruno the opportunity to score and give Lackawanna a 7-6 victory.
The Falcons top performances at the plate were contributed by Weller, who had three singles, a run scored and three RBIs in four at bats; Bruno, who singled twice and scored two runs in her four trips to the plate and Vuocolo, who singled, homered, scored twice and drove in a run in four plate appearances.
Highlighting the Lackawanna efforts on the mound, Kaitlyn Weller came into the game with one out in the first and pitched six innings relinquishing four runs, two of which were earned, on nine hits, while striking out seven. After Weller allowed two runners to reach base in the seventh, she was replaced by Marlena Pegula, who struck out one and held the Colts scoreless and hitless the remainder of the inning. In so doing, Pegula earned the win when Lackawanna scored in the bottom of the frame.
The Falcons will get a six-day break until they play again. Next Tuesday they travel to Georgetown, Delaware to play Delaware Technical Community College in a Region XIX Division II twin bill. First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 PM.