April 6, 2013
WORCESTER, Mass. -
Alex Reynolds' two-run single in the top of the 10th inning snapped a 1-1 deadlock in the first game, and she was one of two runs knocked in by pinch hitter Bernadette Cardon's RBI double in a come-from-behind nightcap decision as Army swept a Patriot League softball doubleheader, 3-1 (10) and 4-2, from Holy Cross the first day of a crucial four-game series at Freshman Field.
RHP Morgan Lashley worked out of a jam in the bottom half of the 10th to preserve the first game win firing a complete-game six-hitter as the Black Knights (18-13, 4-2 PL) collected 13 hits in the series opener. Braetana Roy went the distance on a three-hitter in the second game as Army used a four-run fourth to erase a 2-0 deficit and take the decision from the Crusaders (9-15, 3-3 PL) in the nightcap.
Army took a 1-0 lead in the top of the sixth in the opener when Reynolds (2-for-5), who had a hand in all three runs, led off with a double and scored on Marina Northup's RBI single to left field. Holy Cross tied the score 1-1 in the bottom of the seventh on Sam Fregenti's two-out single to center field that scored Emily Jarvis, who drew a one-out walk and stole second base. A fielder's choice ended the Crusaders' threat stranding the go-ahead run at second base in sending the game onto extra innings.
Gennifer Durham (5-7), touched for 13 hits, yielded just one hit in each of the next two frames with Army reaching scoring position just once in the top of the eighth inning when a foul popup stranded the runner at second base. After the Crusaders loaded the bases without the benefit of a hit in the bottom half of the ninth, Lashley got out safely on a popup to shortstop April Ortenzo.
The Black Knights stroked three straight hits off Durham in the go-ahead 10th with Amanda Nguyen beating out a leadoff bunt for her first hit of the game. She moved to third on Kasey McCravey's (2-for-5) double with Ortenzo loading the bases on a bunt. Reynolds' single down the left field line drove in Nguyen for the tie-breaking run and McCravey for the insurance marker as Army pulled ahead 3-1. Durham retired the side and stranded two runners as Army left 10 on base.
In the top of the 10th, Lashley (14-9) got into a bind with the first two batters reaching on an error and walk. The sophomore retired the side on a fielder's choice and back-to-back popups in stranding both runners and 16 for the game to show a 3-1 mark in league play.
Holy Cross struck first in the nightcap, taking a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning after collecting two of its three hits off Roy (4-4) along with a walk and error. After getting out safely on an error and walk in the second inning, Roy retired nine straight batters before being touched for her third hit with one out in the top of the fifth inning. She stranded the runner at third base and went on to retire nine of the final 11 players she faced.
While Roy was keeping the Crusaders in check, Army rallied with four runs in the top of the fourth capitalizing on three hits and an error. Nguyen (2-for-4) led off with a bunt, stole second and scored on McCravey's RBI single to center field. Following the first out, Reynolds reached on a throwing error by pitcher Julia Barrett (4-6) and McCravey advanced to third.
After Reynolds stole second, Northup drew the lone walk off Barrett to load the bases. Rae Anne Payleitner's groundout scored McCravey for the tying run with Cardon called in to pinch hit. The freshman responded with a double to center field to snap the tie and lift Army to the win. The double is her second and the RBIs are her 10 and 11th of the season.
Army collected five hits off Barrett in the second game and 18 in the twinbill with Nguyen, McCravey and Reynolds each going 3-for-8 with two runs scored. Reynolds and Cardon each had two RBI as Army outhit Holy Cross 18-9 and outscored them 7-3.
The Black Knights will close out the four-game series at Holy Cross with a doubleheader on Sunday starting at 12 p.m.