Rain turns softball’s doubleheader to a single, Flashes lose

Christian Petrila

The Golden Flashes softball team was supposed to play Penn State in a doubleheader Wednesday, but weather limited them to just one game, which they lost, 2-1.

Rain and lightning made conditions less than favorable in University Park, Pa., but the two teams were still able to salvage one game.

Flashes’ Emma Johnson pitched yet another complete game while allowing just two runs and hits.

Offensively, the Flashes scored just one run while scattering five hits. It was not enough though, as they stranded five runners on base.

Kent State tried to piece together a rally in the top of the seventh, as first baseman Lauren Balodis led off with a single. Pinch runner Chloe Kesterson was moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by third baseman Michele Duffy, but would be stranded there as Erika Warren and Jessacca Gironda popped out to end the game.

The Flashes’ lone run was driven in by Lauren Kesterson in the fifth inning on an RBI single that scored Gironda.

The Nittany Lions tacked on one run in the first and their other in the sixth. Cassidy Bell led off the game for Penn State with a home run – her 19th of the season.

Bell caused a wrinkle in the Flashes’ approach in the sixth once again. She was intentionally walked to begin the inning and moved to second on an error by catcher Erika Warren. It proved to be a costly error, as Macy Jones singled her home for what proved to be the winning run.

With the loss, Johnson drops to 16-9 on the season. Jordan Wheatley got the win for Penn State, as she improves her record to 2-3.

The Flashes return to the Diamond at Dix Saturday for a two-game set against Buffalo. The first pitch is set for 2 p.m.

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