March 15, 2012
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -
Junior second baseman Alex Reynolds, who drove in four runs, blasted a three-run home run in a tie-breaking fourth inning, and RHP Morgan Lashley nipped Youngstown State's late rally to lead Army to a 5-4 decision over the Penguins at the Rebel Spring Games Thursday morning.
The Black Knights snapped loose from a three-game losing skein in leveling their season mark at 8-8 and 2-3 at the Rebel Games, while Youngstown State fell to 9-4.
Reynolds' sacrifice fly to center field drove in lead off batter Amanda Nguyen in the top of the first inning for a 1-0 lead. Nguyen led off with a bunt and moved up two bases on April Ortenzo' sacrifice bunt.
Youngstown State pushed across the equalizer in the bottom of the second inning after capitalizing on three hits with one out to tie the game 1-1, but Lashley stranded runners at first and third to deny the tiebreaker.
Casey Crozier (4-2) kept the Black Knights off the scoreboard until the fifth inning when Army broke open the game plating four runs on three hits. After the Black Knights snapped the tie for a 2-1 lead with two outs, Reynolds took the first pitch and smacked it over the left field fence with two men on board in closing out the scoring for a 5-1 lead following her second home run of the season and career ninth.
Rachael Duval, 2-for-3, singled to lead off the top of the fifth , moved to second on a fielder's choice and snapped a 1-1 tie when she crossed on Alex Gaff's single up the middle. Nguyen's sacrifice bunt moved Gaff to second with Ortenzo drawing the second of three walks off Crozier followed by Reynolds' bases-clearing blast.
Lashley (6-6) was touched for a run in the bottom of the fifth and two more in the sixth on Haley Thomas' two-run double with two outs that drew Youngstown State to within a run (5-4) of Army. Lashley then denied Thomas from scoring in striking out the next batter to end that inning.
After being touched for back-to-back hits and a sacrifice bunt that moved both runners into scoring position in the bottom of the seventh, Lashley intentionally walked the next batter to load the bases. The freshman hurler shut down the Penguins on an infield popup and flyout to left field for her sixth win of the season and the team eighth.
Lashely was touched for 11 hits, six over the last three frames, struck out a career-high seven and walked three batters to improve to 2-2 at the Rebel Spring Games.
Crozier did not allow Army runs over the final two frames stranding four runners with two in scoring position. Orentzo and Duvall had two of Army's four hits and each scored a run.
The Black Knights will look for their second win of day when they take on Houston Baptist.