NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - The Castleton softball team dropped both games on Monday to end its stay in Myrtle Beach. The Spartans completed the Fastpitch Dreams Spring Classic with a record of 5-4.
The Spartans fell to Penn St.-Harrisburg, 5-1, before losing to nationally 17th-ranked Coe College, 9-0 in five innings.
Castleton returns to game action Saturday, March 23 on the road at UMass-Dartmouth for its Little East Conference (LEC) opener. The Spartans are scheduled to open at home on Saturday, March 30 versus Skidmore.
Penn St.-Harrisburg 5, Castleton 1
After Castleton jumped to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, Harrisburg scored five unanswered runs the rest of the way and flashed the leather to keep the Castleton attack at bay.
Harrisburg knotted the score at one in the bottom half of the frame on a long Nina Bruno double down the left field line. The Nittany Lions plated two more in the second and one in the third. Sarah Coolbaugh lifted a run-scoring double in the sixth to complete the scoring.
To lead off the top of the fifth, Micaela Madigan's attempt to reach base was halted by a diving catch by the center fielder, Katie Humphrey, trekking backward. The Castleton half of the sixth inning ended when Tori Swaine lined the ball hard to pitcher, Allison Hartman, who made the snag.
MaKenna Thorne doubled to start the seventh, but the Spartans were unable to mount a comeback as Hartman took the complete-game win. She surrendered just the one run in the first inning on five hits with five strikeouts and two walks.
Olivia Bowen took the loss for Castleton. She lasted four innings, allowing four runs, two earned, on six hits. She walked two and did not have a strikeout. Emily Harvey gave up one run and one hit over two innings of work in relief.
Coe 9, Castleton 0 (5 innings)
Coe improved to 7-0 to kick off its season with its second run-rule victory over Castleton. Haley Jones led the way with a 3-for-3 effort with two doubles and three runs scored. Alyssa Olson improved her record to 3-0 for the Kohawks with a complete-game two-hit shutout. She registered 11 strikeouts and allowed two batters to reach via base on balls.
Kelsey Hora was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and Megan Weber finished 1-for-2 with a game-high three RBIs. Coe scored once in the first inning before exploding for five in the third, four of which with two outs. Then, they scored three more in the fourth to eclipse the eight-run-rule criteria.
Swaine registered Castleton's first hit in the second inning with a leadoff single through the ride side of the infield. Jamie Boyle smacked a double to left for the Spartans' second hit.