The Seton Hall softball team swept the Saint Peter’s Peacocks in a double-header on Tuesday evening to win a third straight game.
In Game 1, the Pirates got off to a slow start offensively, leaving two runners in scoring position in the first and being sat down in order in the bottom of the second, but exploded in the bottom of the third.
The Hall added five runs in the bottom of the third, with three of them coming off the bat of junior left fielder Noel Lent, who lifted her third home run of the season over the left-field fence.
“We have a tendency we call kicking the hornet’s nest,” head coach Paige Smith said. “We tend to not score until the other team does or don’t get excited until the other team takes the lead and then we come roaring back.”
The Pirates would not look back, adding three runs in the fourth to lead 8-2, a score that would stand for the remainder of the first game.
The second game featured a much tighter contest, with both squads struggling to find offense early on. Through the first three innings, the two teams had a combined three hits with each going down in order in the second inning.
The Pirates struck first in the bottom of the fourth, after first baseman Alex Rabbetts led off being hit by a pitch on the eighth pitch of her at-bat. She would be replaced by pinch-runner Brianna Wallace before returning on defense.
Wallace would score from first on a sharp liner down the left-field line off the bat of starting pitcher Chrisa Head to put the Hall up 1-0.
The teams swapped runs in the fifth, and the Peacocks took the lead in the top of the sixth after working the bases full on Head.
Head walked Crystal Carlucci and Stacey Klempel back-to-back, bringing across two runs to put Saint Peter’s up 3-2 and ending Head’s night. Strunk came on to finish the game.
“She had been throwing a gem before that,” Smith said. “I thought that there were some pitches that could go either way and I thought that she could work out of it.”
The Pirates came storming back with a four run sixth inning of their own, helped along by an error made by Carlucci at shortstop trying to get the lead runner. Strunk would come around to tie the score and Alexis Walkden would score the final two runs on a single.
The Pirates will be back on the diamond on Friday at 3 p.m. when they take on Butler in Indianapolis.
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