April 2, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
April Ortenzo combined to go 3-for-6 with four runs batted in and scored a run, and Alex Reynolds was 4-for-8 with an RBI and two runs scored as Army's softball team collected 19 hits and 11 runs in sweeping a non-league doubleheader from Delaware on a cold and windy Tuesday afternoon at the Softball Complex.
Rae Anne Payleitner singled home the go-ahead run in the top of the fourth inning to lead Army (16-13) to a 4-3 come-from-behind victory in the first game. Morgan Lashley yielded just two hits throwing shutout ball over the final five frames after being touched for three runs, just two earned, over the first two innings.
Ortenzo powered the Black Knights' 7-0 nightcap win going 2-for-3 with a home run and three runs batted in to support RHP Braetana Roy's two-hit shutout as the Blue Hens' (25-8) three-game win streak was snapped.
In the opener, the Black Knights trailed 2-0 after Delaware capitalized on three hits and an error to push across a pair of runs in the first inning, then plated a single run in the second to stake starter Taylor Curran (5-3) to a 3-0 lead.
The Black Knights chipped away with two runs in the bottom of the third with Kasey McCravey (2-for-3), who led off with a single, moved to second on Reynolds' (2-for-4) single, scored on a throwing error by the catcher on the front end of a double steal. Reynolds, who moved to second on the back end of that steal, crossed on Ortenzo's two-out RBI single to right field. With runners at first and second, Curran nipped Army's rally on a swinging strikeout.
The Black Knights chased Curran in the bottom of the fourth inning with two outs, but not before collecting four of their eight hits off her for a pair of runs to pull ahead 4-2. McCravey singled with one out to right field and moved to second on Reynolds' hit. McCravey was headed to third on a bases-loaded force at home plate, but instead capitalized once again on a throwing error by the catcher, who was trying to turn a double play at first, to score the tying run (3-3).
Reynolds, who moved to third on the error, scored the go-ahead run on Payleitner's single to short center field in lifting Army to the decision along with chasing Curran. Amanda Stacevicz took over the circle with two outs and runners at first and second. She stuck out the next batter en route to retiring seven of the eight batters she faced, along with a walk, over 2.1 innings of shutout relief in denying Army an insurance run.
Lashley was just as effective against the Blue Hens, retiring 15 of the 17 batters she faced over the final five innings in yielding just two hits. Delaware only reached scoring position in the top of the fourth inning after leading off with a single followed by a sacrifice bunt.
The RHP got out safely on a flyout and groundout en route to retiring eight straight batters before being touched for a hit, her fifth of the game, with two outs in the sixth inning. She retired four straight batters to preserve her 13th win of the season after going the distance on a five-hitter, fanned five and walked four.
In the nightcap, Army staked Roy (3-4) to a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning keyed by Ortenzo's three-run homer in closing out the frame after Reynolds knocked in Amanda Nguyen, who reached on an error, for the first run.
The Black Knights added a pair of runs in the second inning as Army knocked out starter Hannah Rust (0-1) after loading the bases with two outs. Kiersten Coffman took over the circle and faced Marina Northup (2-for-4) who drove in a pair of runs on a full count single to left field for a 6-0 advantage. The Black Knights closed out the scoring in the sixth inning with Nguyen, who singled, scoring her third run in the nightcap after crossing on an error by the third baseman.
Roy worked her way out of a jam in the first inning with runners in the corners after being touched for a double and walk with two outs. The freshman hurler got out safely on a line drive to the third base, then retired the side in the second and third innings before being touched for her second and final hit of the game, a one-out double in the top of the fourth inning.
After walking the next batter, a fielder's choice and strikeout ended that threat as Roy retired 10 of the final 12 batters she faced, fanning five in finishing with six strikeouts and walking three in recording her second shutout and Army's third this season.
The Black Knights, closing out an eight-game home stretch, return to the road this weekend when they travel to Holy Cross for a four-game Patriot League series. Army is tied for third in the league standings with a 2-2 mark after splitting its opener with Colgate, while the Crusaders are tied for first place after taking three of four games from Lafayette last weekend.