Keystone College softball outscored visiting Clarks Summit University 15-3 on Thursday afternoon to earn a sweep of the Colonial States Athletic Conference softball doubleheader between the two local rivals at Edmunds Field.
The Giants won Thursday’s opener 7-3 before shutting out the Defenders 8-0 in five innings in the nightcap to improve to 8-14 overall and 4-8 in the CSAC.
In the opener, Keystone took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning with a pair of unearned runs.
Freshman Shannon Lloyd scored the first run of the game when Clarks Summit committed an error on a ball hit by senior Emily Long, who then scored on a double to the gap from Tunkhannock grad and sophomore Ryleigh Fitch.
Fitch would finish the game with three hits.
Clarks Summit (6-18, 1-11 CSAC) got a run back in the top of the second on an RBI single, but the Giants answered with a pair of runs in the home half of the frame as Lloyd connected on a two-run double to wall in left center to give the hosts a 4-1 advantage.
After the Defenders pulled to within two with a run in the top of the fifth inning, Keystone plated three runs on three hits and two errors to take 7-2 advantage in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Sophomore Samantha Monetti came home on an error on a ball hit by senior Shannon Dermont, who later scored on a double from Lloyd. Lloyd scored the Giants’ seventh run on a throwing error after Fitch reached on an RBI single.
Clarks Summit got a run back in the top of the seventh inning, but it wasn’t enough as Keystone closed out the four-run victory.
Keystone starting pitcher and sophomore Alyssa Hughes picked up her third win of the season after pitching five innings and allowing just one earned run on four hits while striking out seven batters.
Freshman Abby Aniska notched her second save in as many games with one run against on one hit to go along with one strikeout in two innings in relief.
Lloyd and Monetti collected two hits apiece to go along with Fitch as the hosts doubled up the Defenders in hits for the game, 10-5.
Lloyd drove in a game-high three runs for Keystone in the win.
In the nightcap, Keystone jumped out to a strong start by scoring five runs on four hits and one error.
Lloyd laced a two-run home run over the right field fence before freshman Hunter Schantz hit a three-run double to the wall in right center to give the Giants a 5-0 lead.
Keystone added three more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning as senior Shannon Dermont drove in freshman Alysa Beyers with a base hit up the middle before Lloyd connected on her second home run of the game, a two-run shot to the opposite field to give the Giants an 8-0 advantage.
Aniska earned her second win of the season in the circle, pitching three scoreless innings with one strikeout and four hits against.
Freshman Ashley Constable yielded just one hit and struck out three in the final two innings for the Giants.
Lloyd went 3-3 with four RBI and two runs scored, Schantz had a pair of hits and three RBI, and Dermont added two hits and two runs scored for Keystone, who held an 8-5 edge in hits in the game two victory.
Keystone hosted Marywood University for a doubleheader on Tuesday, April 18, and will travel to Wilkes University for another twinbill on Wednesday, April 19.