Preview: Softball team seeks looks to snap eight-game losing streak against Penn State

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Delenn Poe

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — The Robert Morris women’s softball team (3-15) will take a short break from tournaments to take on the Penn State Nittany Lions (13-12) in a doubleheader on Wednesday, March 20 at 5 p.m. and at 7 p.m. at Nittany Lions Softball Park.

The Colonials had a rough last tournament as they lost every game in the tournament. The Nittany Lions had a more successful last tournament as they beat every team they faced.

Recapping RMU

In the last tournament, the Colonials only scored two runs in the five games they played. The team had an extra day of preparation because their first game got canceled because of rain. The team was shutout in three of their games and run-ruled in five innings during one of those shutout loses.

As a team, RMU only had 14 hits but were struck out 35 times and on the defensive side of the field, the team had eight errors. The Colonials have an extensive losing streak coming into the doubleheader, having not won a game since March 2.

Recapping PSU

The Nittany Lions played the exact opposite of the Colonials in their last tournament, as they were dominant and beat every team they faced. The team scored a total of 33 runs in the five games they played. Finishing their first game of that tournament in five innings because of the run rule.

The Nittany Lions defense only allowed 10 runs to cross the plate and they only committed three errors during the tournament. The team made a comeback in their second game of the tournament as they won in a walk-off fashion.

Players to watch

Abrielle McCartney (RMU): McCartney leads the team in batting average with a .300 and an on-base percentage of .321. She has only been struck out eight times and she has six RBIs in their first 18 games. She has yet to make an error in the field at her position at first base and outfield.

Madison Shiderly (RMU): As one of the newcomers on the squad she has gotten the most time on the field out of all the catchers. She has only made one error behind the plate and has 14 putouts this season.

Melina Livingston (PSU): making her name known as a freshman for the Nittany Lions, she leads the team with a .362 batting average and a slugging percentage of .534. In 58 at-bats she had 21 hits and seven RBIs with four doubles in the early part of their season.

Kylee Lingenfelter (PSU): is the team’s leader in strikeouts with 32 and has an earned run average of 1.69. In having the second highest amount of time in the circle she had allowed 41 hits against her and 23 runs to be scored.

Prediction

I think the Colonials will be beaten by the Nittany Lions in both games thus increasing the Colonials losing streak to 10 games as they head into their last tournament of the season before heading into regular season play. I think the Nittany Lions will run-rule the Colonials in both games by scoring eight runs in both games.

The Colonials will be heading to UMBC Retriever Classic in Catonsville, MD. The team will have a doubleheader on Friday, March 22 and Saturday, March 23 then the team will play their last game on Sunday, March 24.

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