Swat Softball Preps for Postseason With Split of Haverford

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HAVERFORD, Pa. - After not scoring a single run in a 1-0 loss in the first half of Saturday's doubleheader with Haverford, the bats came to life in the second game for the Swarthmore College softball team (19-21, 10-6), as the Garnet pounded out 12 runs on 14 hits to earn a split with Fords thanks to a 12-4 victory in the second game.

Riley struck out 19 on the day.

Junior Krista Scheirer led the offense in the second game, finishing with a home run and two doubles while senior Kathryn Riley wasn't far behind, knocking in two runs on two hits, including a triple.

Riley (13-10)  got the decision in both contests, finishing with an impressive 19 strikeouts for the day. The senior hurler took the loss in Game 1 despite allowing just one earned run on three hits in seven innings.

After being held scoreless in the first inning of Game 2 - its eighth straight scoreless inning of the day- the Swat offense finally came to life in the second game, scoring at least a run every inning for the remainder of the game en route to a 12-4 win.

Scheirer had the big bat for Swarthmore, blasting her fourth home run of the season in the seventh inning while adding doubles in the second and third.

Ahead 4-2, Swat took control of the game with a four-run fourth inning. Aided by three Haverford errors and hits from Riley and junior Kira Kern, Swat took an 8-2 lead from which the Fords could never recover from.

In the first game, Riley was dominant from the mound - striking out 11 batters and allowing just three hits - but Haverford was able to push home a first-inning run thanks to a double from Laura Iwanyk, while Fords pitcher Cassandra Searls limited Swat to no runs on three hits, as Haverford took the opener 1-0.

Freshman Angelica Sanchez finished with a double in the first game and triple in the second.

Swarthmore is back in action with the Centennial Conference playoffs from Ursinus College beginning on Saturday. The time and Swat's opponent has yet to be determined.

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