Smith Blasts Pair of Home Runs to Lead Bears to Wins in First Games Since Feb. 10
WILMINGTON, Del. – Junior infielder Colleen Smith (East Islip H.S./Islip Terrace, N.Y.) posted four hits, including a pair of home runs, and drove in three runs as Kutztown University (5-2) returned from a lengthy break to earn a sweep of a non-conference doubleheader against Goldey-Beacom College (1-7) at the Lightning’s Jackson Athletic Complex on Sunday afternoon.
Led by Smith, Kutztown took an 8-0 victory in the first game before scoring a season-high 10 runs in the nightcap en route to a 10-0 triumph over the Lightning. The Bears were playing for the first time since Feb. 10 after having five games cancelled.
After a slow start in the first game, the Bears took a 4-0 lead in the fourth inning. After senior Nicole Henninger (Muhlenberg H.S./Reading, Pa.) started the inning with a double, she was replaced by freshman Jessica Kurtz (Pottsgrove H.S./Pottstown, Pa.). Kurtz scored when Smith hit a double to right field for a 1-0 advantage.
Senior Maria Isgro (Absegami H.S./Galloway, N.J.) upped the margin to 2-0 two batters later when she hit an RBI single to score Smith form third base. Senior Brianna Knipe (Liberty H.S./Bethlehem, Pa.) extended the lead to 3-0 when she hit a sacrifice fly to left, scoring senior Katie Lynch (Lampeter-Strasberg H.S./Willow Street, Pa.) from third base.
An error by the Lightning with two outs plated Isgro to give the Bears a four-run edge.
In the fifth inning, Smith extended the margin to 5-0 when she blasted her second home run of the season, a solo shot to center field. The Bears added an insurance run in the next inning when junior outfielder Stephanie Curry (Millbrook H.S./Winchester, Va.) scored on a passed ball for a 6-0 lead.
Smith hit her second home run of the game in the top of the seventh inning with another solo blast to center field for a 7-0 margin before the Bears added another run to end the inning on a double steal attempt.
Isgro gave Kutztown a 1-0 lead in the first inning of the second game when she tripled to right center field and scored on a single by freshman infielder Danielle Sienko (William Penn Charter H.S./Philadelphia, Pa.).
In the fourth inning, the Bears added three runs to extend the lead to 4-0. A pair of doubles with one out by Sienko and Knipe gave Kutztown a 2-0 edge. After a passed ball moved Knipe to third base, she scored on a groundout by Lynch to increase the margin to 3-0. With two outs, junior Morgan Booth (Stroudsburg H.S./Stroudsburg, Pa.) upped the advantage to 4-0 with her first home run of the season, a solo blast to right field.
After the Bears added a run in the fifth inning on an RBI groundout by Henninger, they increased the lead to 7-0 by scoring twice in the sixth inning with two outs. Lynch hit a double to left field to drive in a pair of runs and advanced to third on a Lightning error.
In the seventh inning, the Bears exploded for three more runs for a commanding 10-0 advantage. Knipe drove in two runs with a one-out infield single before scoring when freshman Lindsey Kelley (North Stafford H.S./Stafford, Va.) reached base on a Goldey-Beacom error.
Sophomores Mary Kociencki (Sparta H.S./Columbia, N.J.) and Dominique Ficara (Kingsway H.S./Swedesboro, N.J.) each pitched a complete game shutout for the Bears. Kociencki, who improved to 3-1 on the season, scattered just seven hits in the first game while earning three strikeouts with just one walk. Meanwhile, Ficara held Goldey-Beacom to just six hits in the nightcap while recording six strikeouts. She did not walk a batter while upping her record to 2-1.
While Smith led the Bears offensively, Isgro collected six hits in the doubleheader and scored four runs. In addition, Lynch had four hits, including a double and a triple, while scoring twice and driving in two runs.
Freshman Madison Newhouser (North Schuylkill H.S./Ashland, Pa.) was one of five Goldey-Beacom players to post a pair of hits against the Bears, including her first triple of the season.
The Lightning, who have been shut out in five of their first eight games, will continue their season-opening 14-game homestand on Tuesday afternoon when they host Millersville University at the Jackson Athletic Complex for a doubleheader starting at 2:30 p.m.