Feb. 10, 2013
AUBURN, Ala. -
Outfielder Marino Northup drove in three runs, pinch hitter Bernadette Cardon batted in a pair and Morgan Lashley allowed five hits and one run as Army's softball team defeated East Tennessee State, 10-1, for its second straight win at the Plainsman Invitational Saturday evening at Jane B. Moore Field.
The double wins on Saturday leveled Army's record to 2-2 along with presenting fourth-year head coach Michelle DePolo her 100th career win.
It is the second straight game that Army scored 10 runs, equaling the mark set in a 10-3 victory over Austin Peay. The Black Knights take on host Auburn Sunday in their final game of the tournament.
The Black Knights jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning with senior Alex Reynolds' RBI single delivering April Ortenzo, who beat out an infield hit, from second base. Northup's fielder's choice groundout drove in freshman Kasey McCravey, who drew the first of four walks off starter Elliana Cabrera (0-1).
After ETSU cut Army's lead in half with a run in the bottom of the first inning, Lashley (1-2) threw shutout ball over the next four innings. The right-hander scattered three hits after being touched for two in the opening frame to record her first win of the tournament and career 34th.
While Lashley was busy keeping the Buccaneers off the scoreboard, Army added an insurance run in the second inning for a 3-1 lead. With two outs, freshman Christian McKone drew a walk, moved around on a steal and hit and scored on a wild pitch.
Army padded its lead with three runs in the top of the fourth inning after capitalizing on three walks and a pair of hits to pull out to a 6-1 advantage. Ali Cleinmark and McKone drew back-to-back walks to chase Cabrera, who handed over the circle to Sam Harrell. Amanda Nguyen's infield hit loaded the bases. McCravey's one-out bases-loaded walk scored Cleinmark with Northup's two-out single up the middle chasing home McKone and Nguyen.
The Black Knights scored a pair of runs in the top of the fifth inning with two outs. Cleinmark, who scored three times, led off with a double to right field, moved to third on McKone's single and both scored on a wild pitch by Harrell to pull ahead 8-1.
After being held scoreless in the sixth inning, Army plated a pair of runs in the seventh when Cardon stepped in as a pinch hitter and drove in a pair of runs with her two-out single up the middle. It is the second straight game that Cardon plated a pair of runs as a pinch hitter.
In the meantime, Lashley turned over the circle to classmate Jules Steurer in the bottom of the sixth, and the Army right-hander threw hitless ball over the two innings she pitched.
Nguyen, 2-for-4, led Army's nine hit attack with seven others recording a hit.
The Black Knights have ripped 36 hits for a .316 batting average at the tournament. Northup (5-for-10) and McKone (4-for-8) lead Army batting .500 with Northup the leader in RBI with five along with a slugging percentage of .800. Cardon is next in RBI with four in just two at bats, and McKone is the leader in runs scored with six. Army has held its opponents to 13 runs, just eight earned, while the Black Knights have scored 24 times with 21 earned.