Freshmen Gracen Staunton and Celine Podlesney fired back-to-back no hitters in their collegiate pitching debuts to lead the Wilkes University softball team to a pair of 8-0, five-inning wins to open the 2017 season on Monday afternoon.
Wilkes posted an 8-0 victory over Lehman College in the first game before scoring another 8-0 victory over Sweet Briar College in the second game.
Staunton fanned nine batters in her five-innings of work against Lehman in her collegiate debut. She also helped her cause at the plate by finishing 2-for-3 with an RBI, while Caitlin Brown went 3-for-3 with two singles and a triple.
Podlesney, a former Hazleton Area star, was equally as impressive in the circle in her first collegiate start. She struck out 10 batters in the five-inning win against Sweet Briar. Haley Welker led the way at the plate, going 2-for-2 with an RBI double and a triple while rookie Kaliyah Moore finished off the victory with a walk-off RBI double in the fifth.
Cougars split doubleheader
Alexis D’Amico singled down the left field line in the bottom of the seventh inning to score Victoria Schmidt with the winning run, giving Misericordia a 5-4 victory over Mount Union and their their first win of the season on the second day of their Florida trip in Lake County.
Misericordia dropped its second game of the day to Roanoke, Va., 8-0.
Schmidt was 1 for 2 against Mount Union, with three runs scored, an RBI and two walks. D’Amico was 1 for 1 with an RBI and a walk.
Brooke Moyle allowed seven hits and had two strikeouts to earn the win.
In the second game, Roanoke score two runs in the first, fourth and fifth innings ending the game on a two-run single in the sixth.
Mackenzie Yurko and Schmidt each had one hit for the Cougars.
King’s drops doubleheader
Former Hanover Area standout John Wickiser worked into the eighth inning and allowed three earned runs, but suffered the loss in the second game as the Monarchs dropped two games against Wentworth Institute of Technology, 8-3 and 9-5 at the Lake Myrtle Sports Park in Auburndale, Fla.
Wickiser allowed 10 hits and struck out three in seven-plus innings to keep the game close, but the King’s bullpen allowed five runs in the eighth inning after he departed.
Christian Pack, Wickiser’s former Hanover Area High School teammate, led the Monarchs with three hits on the day, two runs scored and two RBI.
Brad Wilkins, Sean Padden, and Sean McKee each had three hits on the day for King’s, while Shawn Stone had two while playing in just his second collegiate game. Pack, Wilkins and Stone all had a double while Stone knocked in two runs and Padden scored twice.
The doubleheader defeat dropped King’s to 3-3 on the season, while Wentworth improved to 4-0.
Alec Iurato was 1 for 3 with a double, a run scored and walk and Steve Weisensee was 1-4 with an RBI and a run scored, but the Cougars lost a tough one in Fort Pierce, Fla.
Curt Jorgensen started on the mound for the Cougars and went five plus innings. He struck out two while allowing only two runs.
Regis 9, King’s 0
Regis swept all three doubles contests before winning each of the six singles bouts in Lakeland, Fla.
Nate Carl suffered a tough 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 loss for King’s in the No. 1 singles match and Tyler Millan fell in a three-set battle at No. 2 singles, 7-6 (7-3), 2-6, 10-7. Carl and Milan also teamed up in doubles play during a 9-7 defeat.
With the loss King’s fell to 2-2 while Regis improved to 4-5.
Misericordia 20, Alvernia 10
Misericordia defeated Alvernia, 20-10, Monday afternoon in Clearwater, Florida at Phillip Jones Park.
Chris Fleming had five goals, three assists and three caused turnovers in the Cougars’ victory.
Patrick Kellish had three goals, two assists and six ground balls to help fuel the win, while Jake Kocovsky had three goals and an assist. Sean McSwiggan had a goal and two assists while Brandon Winslow had two goals and an assist as the Cougars outshot Alvernia, 60-25.
Lexee Wiley carried the Cougars to victory with four goals, Olivia Garcia supplied a goal and two assists and Misericordia goalkeeper Katie McLoughlin tallied nine saves in a comeback win.
Marywood’s Natalie Burke had four caused turnovers to surpass Mary Ninivaggi for third all-time in program history. Gwyneth Gleason also posted four caused turnovers for the Pacers, while Ashley Valway led the team with two goals and an assist.
But Misericordia came back from a 6-5 halftime deficit as Wiley broke a 7-7 tie with three consecutive goals in a nine-minute span to lift the Cougars to victory.
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Kyra Boccio led the Wilkes attack with four goals and two assists, but the Colonels dropped their second straight match to start the season.
Maura Brownsey and Jessyca Held added three goals and two helpers each for Wilkes, while Samantha Lawlor contributed three tallies. Held also added a team-high six ground balls.
Sarah Carlini finished with seven saves in net for the Colonels.
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