Feb. 10, 2013
AUBURN, Ala. -
Emily Carosone smacked a grand slam and Lexis Davis threw a no-hit shutout leading host Auburn, an NCAA participant the last five years, to an 8-0 five-inning softball win over Army as the Black Knights closed out competition at the Plainsman Invitational with a 2-3 mark.
The Tigers, posting a team-best 5-0 mark at their own tournament, broke on top in their first at bat plating five runs on a hit and a pair of walks with Carosone putting on the finishing touches with her one out bases-clearing homer over the left field fence.
Davis (2-0) kept the Black Knights in check fanning five batters and issuing four walks over five innings of work. Army reached scoring position only once when Alex Reynolds, who drew a walk with one out in the top of the fourth, advanced to second on a fielder's choice. Reynolds was stranded following back-to-back groundouts.
Sophomore hurler Morgan Lashley (1-3) was touched for all eight runs on four hits in taking the loss for Army before turning over the circle to freshman Braetana Roy in the fourth inning.
It was the first game Army was held hitless after banging out 36 hits, including a season-high 12 against Austin Peay, in the first four games of the tournament. The Black Knights outhit the field 24 to 21 batting .279 with Army's wins record by Roy against Austin Peay and Lashley versus East Tennessee State.
Junior Marina Northup leads Army with a .417 batting average going 5-for-12 with a team high five runs batted in along with scoring twice as the starter in right field. Freshman Christian McKone ranks second among the starters hitting .400 going 4-for-10 at the plate and scoring a team-high six runs.
Pinch hitter Bernadette Cardon is perfect in her two appearances at the plate knocking in four runs to stand second in that category.
The Black Knights return to action this weekend visiting Charlotte, N.C., to participate in the Charlotte Classic.