(Carlisle, Pa.) – The Dickinson softball team celebrated Senior Day in style, sweeping Messiah College in a non-conference double-header on Saturday afternoon.
The Red Devils claimed the opener 3-1 and scored five runs in the bottom of the first inning and held off a late rally to win the nightcap 5-4.
The Falcons scored first in the opener, using a triple and a sacrifice fly to take a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning.
The Red Devils rallied in the fifth, scoring all three runs in the bottom half of the inning. Natalie Krzywiec (North Huntingdon, Pa./Norwin) and Kat Parise (Pine Bush, N.Y./Pine Bush) singled and Krzywiec scored as Julie Siecinski (Edison, N.J./JP Stevens) reached on an error.
Kristen Acocella (Redding, Conn./Joel Barlow) reached on a fielder's choice and Siecinski and Parise coming into score as the Falcons tried to get the out at second base.
Parise went 3-for-3 in the opener with Marissa Fabbo (Wilbraham, Mass./Wilbraham & Munson) and Krzywiec adding hits as Madelyn Yannetti recorded a five-hitter in the loss for Messiah.
Senior Madison Milaszewski (Rutland, Mass./Sutton) scattered six hits, allowing just one run and recording four strikeouts.
The Falcons had runners on second and third to start game two but Killian Kueny (Ewing, N.J./Ewing) and the Red Devils held to close out the inning.
Dickinson erupted with five runs in the bottom of the first, wasting no time pulling in front.
Brigitte Gutpelet (Norristown, Pa./Penn Charter) led-off with a walk and beat out a throw as Siecinski reached on a fielder's choice. Maggie McConney (Collegeville, Pa./Spring-Ford) singled to score Gutpelet and put the Red Devils on the board.
Acocella reached on another fielder's choice and Siecinski came in to score with the help of a Messiah error.
Hannah Seburn (Carlisle, Pa./Carlisle) singled to load the bases and Fabbo launched a shot into the gap in right center for a three-RBI double.
The Falcons strung together three straight hits to cut the deficit to 5-3 in the top of the sixth. Ashley Carroll reached on an error and went all the way to third to set up an RBI for Kara Birosak, making the score 5-4.
Kat Vill (South Plainfield, N.J./South Plainfield) came on in relief in the sixth and Milaszewski returned to the circle to close out the game and earn her second save of the season. In the process she recorded her 400th career strikeout and improved to 10-4 with the win in game one.
Acocella and Seburn both went 2-for-3 in the nightcap while Gutpelet reached twice on walks.
The Red Devils improve to 18-14 overall on the season. They are home again on Tuesday, hosting Muhlenberg College at 3:00 pm.