Penn State softball hitting its groove

Softball Team Penn State

by CW Ross

It has taken a while but it looks like after taking forever to get their first win of the season Penn State softball is getting into a winning groove. The Nittany Lions were able to take three out of four games in their weekend series with Rutgers to get their first series win of the season.

The series got started with a doubleheader played Friday at Nittany Lion Softball Park and Beard Field. Rutgers took game one by the score of 3-2 but Penn State's bats came alive in game two with the Nittany Lions winning it by the score of 10-3.

“I’m really happy about our team’s performance in game two,” said head coach Clarisa Crowell. “They just came out swinging the bats and I’m just proud of their continued fight and resiliency. Overall we hit the ball really well – I’ve got to give a shoutout to Lilia Crouthamel, that was her first career home run that she hit and it’s always an exciting moment when that happens. So again, really happy with our team’s performance in game two and loved the adjustments that the offense was able to make.”

The two teams were back in action again on Saturday for more doubleheader action. This time though Penn State took both games winning game one 4-2 before taking game two by the score of 4-3.

“I’m just proud of (our student-athletes),” said head coach Clarisa Crowell. “They’ve played hard in every game that we’ve played this year and I just loved their fight, especially in game two. To be down two runs in the sixth inning with two outs and to come back and Lilia [Crouthamel] having a big hit, I just think it shows the fight and grit they’ve been showing all year. They deserve to get that sweep today. I couldn’t be more proud of them.”

Penn State next will hit the road again for the first of two straight road trips next weekend. The Nittany Lions will face the Michigan State Spartans in East Lansing in a four-game series, April 16-18.

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