Titusville, Fl. - The Lady Lions picked up their first win of the 2016 on Monday when they faced Delaware Valley University for a double-header on day two of early spring action in the sunshine state. The Lady Lions led briefly in game one before the Aggies knotted the score the following frame, then walked off Hazleton to take the day's opener by a score of 2-1. Game two was all Lady Lions as the bats warmed up in the Florida sun. Hazleton pushed four runs across in the second frame to take the early lead, then switched to the long ball for insurance runs. Sophomore Vanessa Michael (Bloomsburg, Pa.) went deep in the third inning, then repeated the feat following a home run by freshman Teddi White (Parsippany, Nj.), delighting fans with back to back blasts in the fifth inning as Hazleton ran away with game two by a score of 7-1 over Delaware Valley University.
Game 1: Delaware Valley University 2, Penn State Hazleton 1
Teddi White hits a two-out, solo home run to left field to open the day's scoring, giving Hazleton the 1-0 over the Aggies.
Koraima Dudley singles and advances to second base on a sacrifice bunt. A two-out single by Jamie Stefani squares the match at 1-1. Delaware Valley loads the bases with walks to the next two hitters, but sophomore Sara Stauffer (Mifflinburg, Pa.) works out of the jam to keep the score tied heading into the late innings.
Freshman Samantha Varela (Hazleton, Pa.) gets the first two batters out, but three straight singles from the Aggies pushes the winning across the plate for the Aggie victory.
Sara Stauffer pitches six innings of one run ball, allowing six hits and four walks while striking out three for Hazleton.
Teddi White cracks her first home run in a Lady Lion uniform and freshman Moriah Lynn (Berwick, Pa.) goes 2-4 at the plate with a pair of singles.
Jamie Stefani earns the win in the circle, striking out six while going 1-4 at the plate with and RBI. Maddie O'Donahue goes 2-2 with a run scored and teammate Kelsey Stoneburg adds the game winning hit and RBI in the winning effort for Delaware Valley.
Game 2: Penn State Hazleton 7, Delaware Valley University 1
Sophomore Kayla Rhome (Marysville, Pa.) leads off the frame with a single then advances to second when sophomore Britani Esser Willingboro, Nj.) reaches base on an error. Freshman Haley Trasacco (Hamden, Ct.) blasts a double to score Rhome and put runners at second and third with no outs. Junior Leanne Lagowski (Wrightsville, Pa.) doubles to score Esser and Moriah Lynn follows with an RBI single to put the Lions up 3-0, chasing the Aggie pitcher in the process. The next three Lady Lions record outs, but Lagowski scores on a ground ball by Varela as Hazleton takes a 4-0 lead.
Vanessa Michael hits a high fly ball to left field to lead off the inning, hitting her first home run of the season and putting Hazleton up 5-0.
An Aggie double to lead off the inning comes around to score on a two-out single from Dudley, cutting the Lions lead to 5-1.
The Lady Lions respond as Teddi White ropes a long ball over the left field fence. Michael follows White with her second home run of the game as Hazleton goes back to back to start the frame adding a pair of insurance runs and pushing the score to 7-1 in favor of the Lions.
Kayla Rhome pitches a gem in her second outing of the season. Rhome allows just one earned run on six hits, fanning three in victory.
Nine Lady Lions reach base and six come around to score in their first win of the season. Vanessa Michael goes 2-3 with two home runs, two RBI, and two runs scored to lead Hazleton's offense.
A day off on Tuesday for the Lady Lions to relax and regroup. Hazleton will take the field at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday when they face Shawnee State University from Portsmouth, Oh.