CARLISLE, Pa. – Back-to-back big innings by host Dickinson did in the Ursinus College softball team in a 9-1 loss in the first round of the Centennial Conference tournament on Tuesday.
Making their first playoff appearance since 2012, the third-seeded Bears (20-18-1) went into the fourth inning locked in a scoreless tie before the No. 2 seed Red Devils put up three runs in the bottom half and four more in the fifth to cruise into a winner's bracket date with host Haverford on Friday. Ursinus will take on Swarthmore in an elimination game, set for 2 p.m.
Freshman Kayla McTamney was cruising in the early portion of Tuesday's tilt, allowing just one base-runner through the first three frames. But it came undone in the fourth, when a leadoff single set Dickinson (22-15) on the winning path. After a sacrifice bunt, Maggie McConney doubled in the game's first run, and Hannah Seburn delivered a two-run single with two outs to make it 3-0.
The Bears had a golden opportunity to get right back in it in the fifth, loading the bases with no outs as freshman Ally St. Jean and senior Sammi Donato bookended a walk by senior Callie Crouse with singles. Freshman Mackenzie Brennan put a great swing on the ball, but lined out directly to the left fielder, and Dickinson ace Madison Milaszewski retired the next two batters on pop-ups to escape unscathed.
The Red Devils capitalized immediately on the momentum, sending nine to the plate and scoring four times in the bottom of the fifth to go up 7-0.
Dickinson scored twice in the sixth to apply a mercy-rule ending.
St. Jean finished 2-for-3 with the lone RBI for the Bears, who were limited to five hits by Milaszewski. The CC leader in ERA and strikeouts worked the full six innings, walking one and striking out five.
McConney was 3-for-3 with two runs and two RBI, and Hannah Seburn finished 2-for-3 with three RBI.
The Bears will try to keep their season alive with a win over Swarthmore on Friday. If they succeed, they'll book a matchup with the Haverford-Dickinson loser in another elimination round on Saturday at 11 a.m.