Poorman GW single salvages split
Rhoads lowers ERA to 0.27, Dietrich suffers first loss of season
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – A two-RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning from Janelle Poorman lifted Lycoming to one of the biggest upsets in school history with a 3-2 win against No. 7 Messiah in the second game of a doubleheader. The win allowed the Warriors (10-14 overall, 4-6 Commonwealth) to split a doubleheader with Messiah after falling 5-0 in the first game.
With one out in the bottom of the seventh, Amy Cline drew a walk and reached second when she went in hard on a grounder and the shortstop lost the handle on a putout, also allowing Taylor Lesser to reach. After a wild pitch moved both runners up, Poorman knocked a ball up the middle and Lesser crashed through the catcher for the Warriors' winning run.
Down 2-0 after five and a half innings, the Warriors got on the board in the sixth inning as Shauna Starr drew a walk, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and scored on Abbi Miller's double.
The Falcons (25-5 overall, 7-3 Commonwealth) got an unearned run in the fourth inning thanks to an error and a double and added another single tally in the fifth inning when Ashley Lehman doubled before coming around to score.
Besides that, Holly Lansberry (7-6) performed well in the circle, tossing seven innings, allowing just one earned run, a walk and seven hits. She struck out three.
Messiah’s Sara Dietrich (8-1) took her first loss of the year, allowing a hit, one earned run and a walk in one inning of relief.
Miller led the Warriors offensively, finishing 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI. Sara Seneca went 2-for-4 for the Falcons and both Lauren Seneca and Lehman finished with two hits and a stolen base.
In the first game, All-American Jess Rhoads (9-1) struck out nine Warriors in four innings of work, allowing just one hit, to help lift the Falcons to a 5-0 win. Dietrich pitched the final three innings, allowing three hits, a walk and striking out four for her third save.
The Falcons got on the board in the second inning, thanks to an RBI single from Dietrich. They added three runs on three hits in the fifth inning and scored another run on a triple from Lehman in the seventh.
Allyson Marianelli made a couple nice plays in center field, though, to keep the Warriors in the game, going over the fence to rob a home run in the fourth inning before making a shoestring grab later in the inning.
Rhoads (9-1) earned the win in four innings, allowing just one hit. Brie Braga (2-7) took the loss for Lycoming. Briaga threw a complete game, giving up five runs on eight hits.
Abi Buchler and Krista Ammon led the Falcons offensively, as each posted two hits, two RBIs and a run scored.