KENT, Oh.– Robert Morris softball (13-30, 4-4NEC) took a break for NEC play and headed to Kent State, home of the Golden Flashes (21-20, 8-4 MAC) on Wednesday, April, 17th. These two games were not the best showings for the Colonials, with losses of 11-3 in five innings in the first game, and 7-0 in the second game.
The errors and leaving the ball over the heart of the plate too much was the Colonials downfall in the first game. The Golden Flashes had this game from the first pitch thrown, as they scored in almost every single inning. In the fifth, Bailey Brownfield homered to get the Golden Flashes closer to run-ruling the Colonials. The Colonials had a little spark in the fourth inning as they scored all three of their runs to cut the gap to one run going into the bottom of the fourth inning.
The Golden Flashes forced starting pitcher Dana Vatakis out of the game in the third inning, then Katie Gasvoda came in relief. Even with a pitching change, the Golden Flashes never let their foot off the gas pedal and ended the game with a walk-off.
The second game one again featured the Golden Flashes’ bats coming alive even more than the first game. Three different Golden Flash players homered in this game. They also played small ball, using sacrifice fly balls to get some runs in. Wild pitches also brought some runs across the plate. On the defensive side of the field, the Golden Flashes’ freshman pitcher, Andrea Scali, was lights out, striking out 11 batters. She nearly had a perfect game, but an error allowed a Colonial batter to get on base.
After the doubleheader, when asked about this season interim head coach Jexx Varner said, “In the beginning of the season, we played a really tough schedule. One of the things that was really important was leaving that rough schedule feeling positive about who we have been playing. We have been beaten up by some really good teams, and learn the lessons from those things. We will be in a much better place.”
The Colonials were supposed to take on Fairleigh Dickinson on Saturday, but that game has been postponed. This means that the Colonials’ next game will be against Akron on April 23rd.