March 31, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
Reliever Megan Carnase left the bases loaded in the sixth and pitched a perfect seventh inning to pick up the save for Colgate in the first game, and the Raiders scored five times in the top of the seventh in the nightcap to snap a 2-2 tie in sweeping a Patriot League doubleheader from Army Sunday afternoon. Colgate won by scores of 3-2 and 7-2.
Army (14-13, 2-2 PL) swept Colgate (7-17, 2-2 PL) the first day after rallying from 3-0 deficits, but came up short the second day after rallying in both games.
Colgate capitalized on three hits and three walks in the opener to stake Brigit Leuter (3-6) to a 3-0 lead in the top of the second inning on RBI singles by Eileen Ornousky and Mariel Schlaefer, and Haley Fleming's bases loaded walk.
Army RHP Braetana Roy (2-4), who went the distance on a five-hitter, fanned five and walked four, throwing shutout ball over the next five innings. Only twice did the freshman hurler allow Colgate into scoring position during that that span, but was tagged with loss as the Raiders denied Army after the Black Knights posted a run in the fourth and fifth innings closing to 3-2.
Rae Anne Payleitner ignited Army's rally with a leadoff double to right field in the bottom of the fourth inning. She gave way to pinch runner Savannah Aversa who moved to second on Ali Cleinmark's single and scored on Christian McKone's RBI groundout.
Army scored its second run off Leuter in the fifth inning when Kasey McCravey reached on a two-base throwing error by the third baseman. With two outs, she moved to third on Alex Reynolds' groundout and motored home on Marina Northup's single to left field.
With two outs in the top of the sixth, Army drew new life when Leuter loaded the bases with three straight walks, but Colgate summoned Carnase from the bullpen and she retired the next batter on a grounder back to the circle, then pitched a perfect seventh in picking up her first save of the season.
Colgate used the long ball in the nightcap to stake Courtney O'Connell (3-6) to a 2-0 lead on solo homers by Marisa Dowling with one out in the first inning and Tera Vaugh's leadoff blast in the top of the fourth inning.
O'Connell, who threw a four-hitter, retired six of the first seven batters she faced with the other reaching on her throwing error. She was touched for her first walk and hit of the game with one out in the top of the third with the Raiders holding a slim 1-0 lead at the time. The senior hurler got out safely on a caught stealing and flyout to center field.
After a one-out single by Northup in the bottom of the fourth inning was nipped by a double play, Army tied the game 2-2 in the sixth inning collecting a pair of hits and capitalizing on an error and wild pitch.
With one out, Amanda Nguyen (2-3) beat out an infield hit, but was retired on McCravey's fielder's choice groundout. Reynolds followed with a run-scoring double to chase home McCravey and moved to third base when the catcher bobbled the throw home. Reynolds then raced home on a wild pitch before O'Connell retired the side on a groundout en route to retiring four straight batters.
Colgate snapped the tie and put the game away in the top of the seventh when the Raiders exploded for five runs on six hits. With one out, the Raiders collected five straight hits off Morgan Lashley (who pitched Army to Saturday's sweep) with Eileen Ornousky (1-for-4 ) and Vaughn (2-for-3 with three RBI and a run scored) keying that outburst driving in a pair of runs apiece. Ornousky ripped a two-run double and was the second of two runners to score on Vaughn's single to left field in providing more than enough offensive support for O'Connell.
Army collected 10 hits in the twinbill with Nguyen, Reynolds and Northup each colleting a pair. Reynolds and Northup stroked a hit in both games.
The Black Knights close out a an eight-game home stretch Tuesday hosting Delaware in a non-league doubleheader at the Softball Complex with first pitch at 3:30.
DIAMOND NOTES: Army's sweep on Saturday over Colgate stretched its series win streak over the Raiders to four straight before having it snapped Sunday ... Army is 3-3 at home ... Marina Northup led Army over the weekend batting .400 (6-for-15) in Patriot League play with an RBI and run scored ... freshman Kasey McCravey is next hitting .353 (6-for-17) with a team-high five runs scored along with two RBI ... April Ortenzo scored three runs over the weekend along with an RBI.