Kutztown extends streak to 32 games
Derr improves to 23-0 with Game 1 win for Golden Bears
MILLERSVILLE, Pa. -- No. 5 Kutztown swept Millersville 2-1 and 10-3 in a pair of Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) East Division games Saturday afternoon at MU Softball Field. The Golden Bears extended their win streak to 32 games with the victories.
Kutztown improved to 40-1 overall, marking its sixth consecutive season of at least 40 wins under coach Judy Lawes. KU remains undefeated in the PSAC with a 12-0 record.
In the opening game, the Marauders (15-28 overall, 5-8 PSAC) came close to snapping KU's win streak. It was a quiet game offensively for both teams as they combined for six hits, four belonging to Kutztown.
MU's only two hits came in the third inning to give it the 1-0 lead. However, Kutztown's bats answered in the fourth inning. With one out, Heather Hannum doubled and Katie Lynch singled to get the Golden Bears going. With runners on second and third, KU capitalized off a wild pitch to even the score 1-1. Samantha Derr also got her hands on a double to record a RBI and put Kutztown up 2-1.
Derr pitched another stellar game and finished with four strikeouts. She is now 23-0 on the season,
In Game 2, it was Millersville to strike first again.
The Marauders plunged to a 3-0 lead in the first and held Kutztown scoreless for an inning. In the third, KU used four hits including a two-run homer from Kelly Fitzgerald, a triple from Nicole Colineri and a single from Morgan Booth to seize the 4-3 lead. KU pushed the lead to 7-3 in the fourth when it capitalized off hits two hits and three Marauder errors.
Between the fifth and seventh innings, Kutztown continued to rack up hits to keep Millersville out of reach. Kutztown finished with 11 hits in the second game.
Brianna Knipe went 3 for 4 with a triple and two runs. Booth and Colineri finished with two hits each. Colineri recorded two RBI and Booth finished with three runs and a RBI. Kelly Strittmatter, Maria Isgro and Fitzgerald all tallied a hit and a run.
Derr struck out a game-high five batters and didn't allow any runs. Stephanie Pritchard opened the game for KU, making her third appearance.