Hall softball sweeps St. Peter’s doubleheader

The Seton Hall softball team defeated St. Peter’s in their two games on Wednesday, improving the Pirates to 15-12 before start­ing conference play this weekend.

The second game saw five lead changes, which began when St. Peter’s loaded the bases in the third before a two-run single, giv­ing the Peahens a 3-1 edge.

St. Peter’s, however, didn’t hold the lead for long.

In the third, junior leadoff hitter Brittany Hammer, who be­came the 12th player in school history to go 4-for-4, shot one of her three doubles to set the tone for the rest of the Pirates.

Freshman Danielle DeStaso followed suit and hit a two-run home run, putting Seton Hall back on top, 4-3, before sopho­more Meredith Henze doubled, increasing the Pirates’ lead to 5-3.

But, again, the Peahens fought back.

With the bases loaded and no outs, head coach Ray Vander May brought in freshman Casey Moses to relive junior Brooke Tull on the circle.

Despite the new pitcher, fresh­man Nicole Olmedo took one swing and nailed one out of the park, retaking the lead for St. Pe­ter’s, 7-5.

“It got to a point where we were like we can’t lose,” DeStaso said. “It hit us that we were losing at one point, and we knew that we couldn’t let that happen.”

And Seton Hall didn’t let it happen.

Hammer, once again, started it all for the Pirates with another double to centerfield.

Senior Laura Canulli cut the deficit to one with a single to bring Hammer home before fel­low senior catcher Nicole Loew­enstein hit another double, tying the score at seven a piece in the fourth.

DeStaso then brought in Loewenstein with a single for the go ahead, 8-7.

In the fifth, freshman Sara Haefeli slammed her first colle­giate career homerun to extend the Pirates’ lead to 10-7, and ulti­mately seal the victory.

“It definitely comes down to everyone hitting overall,” De­Staso said. “When you come out with 10 runs, it’s because every­one’s hitting, and everyone’s get­ting on base and making things happen. It’s not just the one play.”

In the first match, after giv­ing up a run in the fourth inning, Seton Hall quickly recovered by swinging away on offense. With her single, senior Kristen Kae­lin knocked in a pair of runs and Loewenstein made the score 5-1 with another single.

DeStaso took care of the rest, winning her third straight-deci­sion after throwing a complete-game.

After helping coach Seton Hall’s softball team for the previ­ous two years, St. Peter’s assis­tant coach Bridget Burt, who is also a Seton Hall professor, had a different view of the game at Ivy Hill Park on Wednesday.

“I thought I knew how to pitch to Brittany Hammer,” Burt said. “But she just tore up everything we threw at her.”

Burt, who has also known DeStaso for the past 12 years and helped her with hitting les­sons and club seasons, had mixed emotions of watching DeStaso win the first game, hit a homerun, and come into the save the second match.

“It was bitter sweet,” Burt said. “But the team’s hitting has really come around since last year.”

The softball team returns to the field Saturday, March 24 when the Pirates begin conference play against Connecticut.

Krissy Wrobel can be reached at wrobelkr@shu.edu.

Author: Staff Writer

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