IUP’s offense finally broke through against Bloomsburg, but it wasn’t nearly enough for the Crimson Hawks to avoid a season sweep.
In Game 2 of Thursday’s home doubleheader at Podbielski Field, the IUP softball team got on the board for the first time in four games against Bloomsburg this season, but that was a small consolation as the Crimson Hawks dropped both games, losing the opener 6-0 in 10 innings and the second game, 11-4.
IUP took an early 4-1 lead in the second game, scoring all its runs in the second inning. Christi Mauk’s three-run triple highlighted the inning.
But that’s all the Crimson Hawks got off Bloomsburg starter Mandi Black, who went on to pitch a complete game.
Bloomsburg got within 4-3 with a pair of runs in the third, and Chrissy Belko hit her second home run of the game to lead off the fourth and tie it at 4.
The Huskies pulled away with six runs over the final two innings, including a four-run sixth that broke open a one-run game.
Black gave up three hits and three walks to IUP, with two of each coming in the Hawks’ four-run second. In the other six innings combined, Black allowed one hit and one walk.
Mauk finished 1-for-4 with three RBIs, Stef Poates was 1-for-3 with an RBI and Kaylee Prendergast was 1-for-2.
Tara Senn took the loss in relief. She came on in the fourth and initially got out of a big jam on her first pitch, but gave up three runs two hits and two walks in 2 1-3 innings.
Senn started the opening game for IUP, but got no help from her offense.
The teams were scoreless through nine innings before Bloomsburg exploded for six runs in the 10th. The Huskies banged out six of their 11 hits in the 10th inning.
Senn went the distance, giving up 11 hits and three walks with seven strikeouts.
Bloomsburg starter Cait Paine had a no-hitter intact until the eighth, when Poates singled to lead off the inning. Paine limited IUP to two hits and two walks in 10 scoreless innings.
IUP (20-13, 3-7 PSAC Central) plays its home finale Sunday with a doubleheader against Mansfield.