March 3, 2013
NORFOLK, Va. -
Catcher Sarah Carmody and pinch hitter Christina Lausch doubled home a pair of runs, and Janine Lalli allowed just one run on six hits in leading Marist to a 10-1 six-inning victory over Army Sunday morning at the Spartan Classic hosted by Norfolk State at the NSU Softball Field.
The Black Knights (2-6) jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning as starting pitcher Morgan Lashley (1-5) held the Red Foxes (2-1) scoreless yielding just one hit over the first three frames.
Marist, who erupted for 10 runs over the next three frames, chased Lashley in the top of the fourth inning with one out and runners at first and second base. Freshman reliever Braetana Roy walked the first batter she faced to load the bases. Lausch was inserted into the lineup and ripped a two-run double up the middle followed by Krysten Van Natta's sacrifice fly as the Red Foxes scored three runs in that frame to move in front 3-1.
Lalli, who was touched for four of her six hits over the first three innings, did not allow Army to reach scoring position the rest of the way. After yielding her final hit to freshman Kasey McCravey in the fifth inning with one out, Lalli (1-0) retired five straight batters in posting her first win of the season.
Marist added three more runs in the fifth inning on a run scoring double by Aly Klemmer, who crossed on an Army error to score the middle run in that frame. Taylor Kuzma closed out the scoring with an RBI single as Marist stretched its advantage to 6-1.
Carmody (2-for-4) capped a four-run sixth with a two-run double off reliever Jules Steurer. With one out, Danielle Koltz tripled home Maureen Duddy, who drew a walk, and scored herself on a wild pitch. With two outs and runners at second and third, Carmody smacked a two-run double up the middle.
Army capitalized on an error to score its lone run in the bottom of the third when leadoff batter Amanda Nguyen beat out a bunt and moved to second on a fielder's choice. With two outs, Alex Reynolds reached on a throwing error by the shortstop that allowed Nguyen to score.
Lalli, who stranded a runner at third base in the first inning and one in scoring position in the third inning, left just two runners on base over the final three frames.
Nguyen, who went 2-for-3 with a run scored, has hit safely in all three games at the tournament where she is batting .600 (6-for-10) along with five runs scored. For the season, she is batting .345 this season and leads the team in runs scored (eight) and is 4-for-4 in stolen bases. Freshman Christian McKone ranks first among the regulars with a .389 batting average e and is second in runs scored (seven) with junior Marina Northup next at .381. Senior Alex Reynolds is the leader in RBI (six).
The Black Knights face another stern challenge in their final game, taking on Delaware at 1 p.m. The Blue Hens snapped a 1-1 tie with 10 runs in the sixth inning.