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Lock Haven Bats Roll to 13-1 Win

NCAA Division II Championship Coverage 

Lock Haven scored multiple runs in four innings as the Lady Eagles opened NCAA Division II championship play with a 13-1 win over Southern Illinois, Edwardsville Thursday night in Salem, Va. 

Courtney Hughes led the 13-hit Lock Haven attack, picking up two hits and four RBIs in four at-bats. She was one of six Lady Eagles with a pair of hits in the game. 

“We were really relaxed and disciplined at the plate,” Hughes said. “We were excited to play, and that helps when you’re ready to go out and hit. We tried to get pitches in our zone and attack the pitches. I was really proud of the way we went after the ball.” 

LHU (53-4) got the offense going in the top of the second. With one out, Ilia Lopez singled and Amanda Roosa reached on a base hit. Steph Nail’s ground-rule double scored Lopez, and Hughes brought her and Roosa home with a double. 

“I’m happy with the way we were disciplined at the plate,” LHU head coach Kelley Green said. “We still have some things to clean up defensively, but we got great pitching and the bats showed up. Our goal is to stay composed. I was proud of our freshman because they stayed composed.” 

That would be all the run support freshman Kristin Erb would need as she allowed a run on five hits with four strikeouts in the complete-game effort to run her record to 33-1 on the year. 

“I just tried to stay relaxed and make my pitches,” Erb said. “I wanted to keep the ball on the ground for the defense. I knew I had a good defense behind me. They make errors and people get on, but I just had to relax.” 

Sabra McCune (33-8) gave up five runs on seven hits in three innings before giving way to Kaitlin Colosimo, who surrendered eight runs, four earned, on six hits in the final three frames. 

The Lady Eagles added to the lead the next inning with a lead-off double. Following a walk to Julie Robitaille and sacrifice from Lopez, Roosa hit a sacrifice fly to center that scored Sarah Norris. Robitaille scored on a double steal to extend the lead. 

Lock Haven added to the cushion in the fifth as a walk and consecutive singles sparked a three-run frame. They capped the scoring with five runs in the sixth that took advantage of a pair of Cougars errors. 

SIU-Edwardsville fell to 52-10 on the season and will face Central Oklahoma in an elimination game Friday at 2:30 p.m. Lock Haven will meet Cal State Bakersfield in Friday’s 7:30 p.m. contest.