March 24, 2013
LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. -
Army banged out a season-high 18 hits in an 11-3 six-inning blasting in the first game, and came-from-behind with a 4-2 win in the nightcap to complete its sweep of Rider in a non-league softball doubleheader Sunday afternoon at Herb and Joan Young Field.
Juniors April Ortenzo and Marina Northup drove in three runs in the opener, and sophomore Alex Gaff knocked in three runs with her first home run in the nightcap.
Army (11-10) stretched its win streak to five straight following its second straight sweep over the weekend as the Black Knights exploded for 56 hits and 33 runs in four games while holding their opponents to 15 hits and six runs.
For the second straight day, sophomore Morgan Lashley was the pitcher of record in both wins, going the distance in the nightcap and sharing the first-game win with freshman Braetana Roy, who pitched the final two innings.
Ortenzo was 3-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored and Northup was 3-for-4 with a run and three RBI in the first game. The Black Knights exploded for five runs in the fifth inning to stretch their 5-0 lead to a 10-0 advantage en route to avenging a 4-3 loss to the Broncs at the Rebel Spring Games earlier this month.
The Black Knights took a quick 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning of the opener on Ortenzo's one-out solo blast, her second round tripper of the season and career third. Army plated three runs in the third inning on back-to-back RBI doubles. Senior Alex Reynolds' two-bagger drove in freshman Kasey McCravey, who drew a walk, and she came home on Northup's double. Northup moved up a base on Ali Cleinmark's single and scored on the left fielder's error.
Northup singled home a run in the fourth as Army stretched its lead to 5-0, then put five more runs on the board in the fifth inning in sprinting out to a 10-0 advantage on RBI singles by Amanda Nguyen, Ortenzo and Northup, a sacrifice fly by McCravey with another crossing on an error.
Lashley, who scattered two hits, struck out two and walked one over four innings to record the win, turned over the circle to Roy. Rider avoided the shutout in the home half of the fifth on Dana Sensi's three-run homer. Roy, who yielded two hits, retired the final four batters she faced.
Nguyen, Ortenzo, Northup and Cleinmark had three hits each along with two by freshman Christian McKone as the Black Knights raked Krista Morrone (3-10) for 18 hits in breaking the former mark of 17 set against Wagner in a 12-6 win on March 11.
In the nightcap, Rider pitcher Ali Meagher (0-5) kept Army off the scoreboard over the first three innings before the Black Knights scored the first run in the top of the fourth inning. Gaff, who was hit by a pitch, gave way to pinch runner Savanna Aversa. She moved around on a walk to Cleinmark and a sacrifice bunt by Paige Vallejos, setting the stage for Nguyen who drove her in with a single up the middle to pull ahead 1-0.
Rider erased that lead with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth on Gina McCool's two-run double when the Broncs ripped both of their hits off Lashley in that frame to take a 2-1 lead.
That proved short lived as Army went back in front in the top of the fifth inning on Gaff's first-career home run. McCravey and Reynolds, who singled, were beneficiaries of her shot as Black Knights pulled ahead 4-2. Meagher held Army hitless over the final two frames, but the damage was down.
Lashley protected Army's two-run lead as she mowed down 10 straight batters en route to recording her 10th win of the season and career 43rd to moved into second place on the Academy's s all-time chart.
Nguyen, McCravey and McKone each collected two of Army's 10 hits in the second game as the Black Knights raked Rider for 28 hits in the twinbill.
Army returns home to host Marist in a non-league doubleheader Wednesday at the Softball Complex.