Capalbo Earns 13th Victory As Softball Splits With Wilkes

Capalbo Earns 13th Victory As Softball Splits With Wilkes
Senior pitcher Christine Capalbo picked up her 13th win of the season in Scranton's 7-3 win in the first game of a doubleheader at Wilkes on Wednesday.
Christine Capalbo Kristen Williams
Caitlin McHenry Ashley Vosilla

Box score (game one)
Box score (game two)

EDWARDSVILLE, Pa. – Senior pitcher Christine Capalbo (Mamaroneck, N.Y./Mamaroneck) picked up her 13th win of the season and junior infielder Kristen Williams (Monroe, N.Y./Monroe Woodbury) blasted a three-run home run as The University of Scranton softball team won the opener of its doubleheader against Wilkes University, 7-3, on Wednesday afternoon at the Ralston Athletic Complex. The Colonels bounced back to take the nightcap, 5-0.

Capalbo allowed three runs, two earned, on seven hits while striking out two for her 11th complete game of the season. Her 13 wins this season are the second most in a single season in Scranton history.

The Royals (23-5) trailed 1-0 entering the third inning, but scored seven times to take control. Junior right fielder Jamie Shackles (Philadelphia, Pa./Little Flower) drove in the tying run when she was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, and senior catcher Ashley Vosilla (Dix Hills, N.Y./Half Hollow Hills East) followed with a bases-loaded walk for a 2-1 lead.

Sophomore first baseman Caitlin McHenry (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y./Walter Panas) followed with a two-run single and Williams capped the inning by crushing a three-run shot to left field, her second home run of the season.

Junior designated hitter Meg Reilly (Huntington Station, N.Y./St. Anthony’s) added two hits and junior third baseman Samantha Boccolini (Rockaway, N.J./Morris Hills) added a double for the Royals.

In the nightcap, Wilkes sophomore pitcher Alysha Bixler (Williamstown, Pa./Williams Valley) tossed a four-hit shutout, walking one and striking out two. The Colonels (10-22) scored a single run in the fourth and four times in the fifth. Bixler helped her cause by hitting a three-run homer in the fifth.

Vosilla led Scranton in the nightcap with a pair of singles.

Scranton’s 23 wins are the second-most in a single season in school history, four short of the school record set in 2007, when the Royals went 27-14.

Scranton is back in action on Saturday, April 28, when they visit Susquehanna for a Landmark Conference doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. in Selinsgrove, Pa.


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