The Seton Hall softball team fell to Central Michigan and Oregon State on Saturday in a Valentine’s Day double header in San Diego, Calif.
After starting the season at 5-0, the Pirates (5-4) are now on a four game skid after losing four straight in the 25th annual Campbell/Cartier Classic.
The Pirates dropped game one against the Chippewas of Central Michigan University in the first game of the doubleheader by a score of 1-0. Lauren Fischer got the start for the Hall and went the distance. Fischer pitched six innings, giving up seven hits and no earned runs.
The lone run for the Chippewas came on an unearned run in the bottom of the fourth inning.
The blue and white were unable to get anything going against Central Michigan starter Rachel Knapp who went seven innings while managing to only give up two hits.
Seton Hall’s fortune did not change in game two.
The Oregon State Beavers put on an offensive clinic against the blue and white, racking up 17 runs in a 17-3 victory.
The Pirates used an array of pitchers in the defeat, but started with Casey Moses. The senior gave up five runs on three hits which led to a relief appearance by Danielle DeStaso who did not fare any better. DeStaso gave up two earned runs, all part of a seven-run second inning by Oregon State.
Seton Hall made it interesting in the bottom of the third. Junior Faith Laudano was hit by a pitch and junior Alex Rabbetts took advantage of an error off her sacrifice bunt to put two on with no outs.
Another error on a sacrifice bunt, this time from freshman Alexis Walkden scored Laudano to give the Pirates their first run of the afternoon. Rabbetts then crossed the plate off a single to right from junior Yasmin Harrell. Walkden then stole home to make it a 7-3 game in favor of the Beavers.
Oregon State was able to get a run back in the fourth to make it 8-3.
The Beavers exploded for nine runs in the sixth to seal the victory with junior Sammi Noland’s three-run shot to left being the exclamation on an impressive win for Oregon State.
The Campbell/Cartier Classic will conclude on Sunday, Feb. 15 as the Pirates will once again face off against the Central Michigan Chippewas with the first pitch set to be thrown at 12 p.m. (ET).
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