March 11, 2013
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -
The Army softball team rallied from a three-run deficit scoring nine runs over the final three frames, and sophomore reliever Morgan Lashley struck out seven batters throwing shutout ball as the Black Knights blasted Wagner in rallying for a 12-6 win in starting off competition at the Rebel Spring Games on a winning note Monday evening.
Freshman third baseman Kasey McCravey went 4-for-5 with four runs batted in and scored twice. Senior co-captain Alex Reynolds was 4-for-4 with a run and two RBI as the Black Knights exploded for a season-high 17 hits and 12 runs in improving to 4-6 following their second straight win of the season.
Army struck first, jumping out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, capitalizing on three hits, a pair of walks and a wild pitch. Marina Northup's bases loaded walk forced in April Ortenzo, who draw a walk, and came around on back-to-back hits, for the first run.
McCravey, who singled, moved to second on Reynolds' single and third on a walk, then scored when the pitcher uncorked a wild pitch for a 2-0 lead. Reynolds, who moved to second on a walk and third on the wild pitch, crossed on Ali Cleinmark's RBI single to left field.
Wagner (1-9) cut Army's lead to 3-2 with a pair of runs in the top of the third inning against starter Braetana Roy. Touched for a pair of hits in that frame, the freshman right-hander left the tying run at third and go-ahead at second base getting the final out on line drive to the third baseman.
The Seahawks scored four runs on four hits in the top of the third inning in chasing Roy with Lashley taking over the circle with bases loaded and one out. After yielding singles to the first two batters she faced, Lashley struck out the next two batters swinging and did not allow a hit the rest of the way retiring nine of the final 11 batters she faced over the 3.2 innings she pitched in improving to 3-5.
The Black Knights drew to 6-5 of Wagner with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth inning as two of Army's three hits in that frame were back-to-back RBI doubles by McCravey and Reynolds. McCravey`s two-out double knocked in Amanda Nguyen, who singled. Reynolds' double chased McCravey home, but she was stranded when starter Samantha Bedker struck out the next batter.
Army raked reliever Judy Betz for seven runs on eight hits over the next two innings. The Black Knights erased the Seahawks' one-run lead with four runs on four hits in the go-ahead fifth to pull in front 9-6. Nguyen, who was 3-for-5 with a run scored, singled home pinch runner Savanna Aversa with the game-tying run. Ortenzo's fielder's choice delivered Bernadette Cardon, who drew a walk, for the go-ahead run with McCravey and Reynolds singling home the next two runs.
The Black Knights put the game out of reach in the sixth inning tallying three times with freshman catcher Paige Valejos leading off with her first collegiate home run and Army's second of the season as the Black Knights batted around in that frame. McCravey's two run single up the middle closed out the scoring in chasing home Cardon and Christian McKone as Army posted its most runs this season breaking the former mark of 10.
The Black Knights take on Robert Morris in their second game of the day.