March 8, 2010

Bloomsburg Softball Splits Pair on Monday


ORLANDO, FL-Nikki Shiko (Shamokin/Southern Columbia) went 3-4 and drove in two runs to lead the Bloomsburg University softball team to an 8- win and a split of its doubleheader with Merrimack College on Monday at the National Training Center in Orlando, FL.

In game two the Huskies trailed 2-0 after giving up two first inning runs. After Bloomsburg cut the deficit in half with a run in the bottom of the third, Shiko helped the Huskies take the lead with four runs in the bottom of the fourth. After Mandy Leach (Milford/Delaware Valley) tied the game with a sacrifice fly RBI, Shiko hit a two-run double to give the Huskies a 4-2 lead. Jenna Hampton (Catawissa/Southern Columbia) followed one batter later with an RBI single making it 5-2. Bloomsburg put the game away with three runs in the sixth.

Cait Paine (Lebanon/Lebanon) went the distance for the Huskies striking out five, not allowing a walk, and surrendering five hits.

In the opener the Huskies scored four times in the third inning, but that was all in a 5-4 loss to Merrimack. Bloomsburg got two runs on a two-run double by Shiko, and added a two-run single from Hampton. After Merrimack took the lead with a run in the bottom of the fourth, the Huskies had a chance to tie or go ahead, but after loading the bases, lined into a double play ending the threat.

Shavaun Fisher (Coplay/Allentown Central Catholic) suffered her first loss of the season in the game.

Bloomsburg, 9-1, will play Winona State at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday and West Liberty at 11:30 a.m.