March 14, 2013
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -
Junior shortstop April Ortenzo blasted a two-run homer, doubled home three runs along with an RBI single in sparking Army to a 10-3 victory over Youngstown State Thursday at the Rebel Spring Games at the Osceola Softball Complex. The Black Knights improved to 3-2 in Florida and 6-8 overall after snapping loose from a two-game losing streak.
Ortenzo went 4-for-5 with six RBI and one run scored in pacing Army offensively. Designated player Bernadette Cardon singled home a pair of runs in the first inning, and Amanda Nguyen and Paige Vallejos each drove in a run as the Black Knights collected 13 hits off two pitchers.
After being held to just one run in its previous two outings, Army took control of the game early with Ortenzo ripping a two-run blast in her first at bat igniting the Black Knights' four-run outburst in the top of the first. With one out, Army loaded the bases on singles by Alex Reynolds and Northup sandwiched around a walk to Vallejos.
After Reynolds was retired at home plate on a fielder's choice, Cardon drove in Northup and Vallejos as Army collected four hits sending nine batters to the plate along with chasing starter Hana Somogyi in staking RHP Morgan Lashley with a 4-0 advantage.
The Black Knights, scoring runs in the first five innings and six of seven, padded their lead with a single run in the second and third innings to pull ahead 6-0. Nguyen, who scored three runs, led off the top of the second with a single. She stole second base and crossed the plate on Ortenzo's run scoring single off reliever Kayla Haslett. Nguyen knocked in a run in the third with her two-out single delivering Ai Cleinmark, who walked, staking Army to an early six-run lead.
Youngstown State manufactured a run in the bottom of the third inning on Miranda Castiglione's two-out RBI single to draw to 6-1. After the Black Knights answered with a run in the top of the fourth inning on Vallejos' run-scoring single, the Penguins pushed across a pair of unearned runs in the home half to trail 7-3. That was as close as Lashley, who struck out eight (one shy of her career high), along with yielding nine hits, would allow.
The sophomore hurler (5-6) retired eight of the nine batters she faced over the final three frames in earning her third win in Florida and fifth of the season.
Ortenzo closed out the scoring doubling in a pair of runs in the fifth inning and chasing home another in the seventh with her second two-bagger of the game for a personal best six RBI in shattering her former mark of four set against Yale two years ago. The Army shortstop lists second on the team in RBI (11) with eight recorded at the Rebel Games.
Army closes out its third day doubleheader taking on Butler.