March 13, 2013
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -
Melise Brown blasted a grand slam in the second inning and Brooke Owens smacked a three-run homer in the fourth inning as Eastern Illinois ripped three home runs in riding the long ball to a 10-1 defeat of Army in five innings at the Osceola Softball Complex Wednesday afternoon.
The loss is the Black Knights' (5-7) first at the Rebel Spring Games after sweeping Wagner and Robert Morris Monday in opening their eight-game slate.
Panther pitchers limited Army to just three hits with Stephanie Maday picking up the win (4-3) yielding all three hits and an unearned run over four innings in the circle with Janele Robinson retiring the side in the top of the fifth inning.
Eastern Illinois (9-8) took a 1-0 lead in its first at bat on Hanna Cole's RBI single with one out driving in Carly Willert. The Panthers broke open the game in the bottom of the second inning collecting five of their nine hits, including two home runs, off Roy to stretch their advantage to 7-0.
Brown (1-for-3) keyed that uprising with her bases-clearing home run, and Cole, who was 2-for-2 with three RBI, ripped a two-run homer to close out the scoring.
Army averted the shutout in the top of the third inning when Amanda Nguyen scored on the catcher's throwing error. With one out Nguyen singled, stole second base and moved to third on April Ortenzo's single with one out. The catcher overthrew second base on Ortenzo's steal attempt allowing Nguyen to score.
After being held scoreless in the third inning the Panthers forced the game to be called on the eight-run mercy rule with three runs in the bottom of the fourth when Owens (2-for-3) blasted a home run with no outs and two players on board.
The Black Knights take on Creighton in the second game of the day followed by a pair of games Thursday against Youngstown State and Butler.
DIAMOND NOTES: Amanda Nguyen has hit safely in seven straight games and 10 of 12 games thus far ... she leads the team in hits (19), runs scored (13), stolen bases and batting average (.422) ... she leads the team in longest streak of reaching base with nine.