April 20, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
RHP Morgan Lashley threw a one-hit shutout in a 2-0 first game victory, and Alex Reynolds went 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored in Army's 5-4 nightcap decision as the Black Knights swept a Patriot League doubleheader from Bucknell Saturday afternoon at the Softball Complex.
Army (23-19, 7-7 PL) capitalized on back-to-back Bucknell errors to take a quick 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning in the opener for all the scoring needed, while a throwing error in the bottom of the seventh snapped a 4-4 tie in the nightcap.
The Black Knights jumped from fifth place to a share of third place with Holy Cross (7-7) in the Patriot League standings with the Bison (14-27, 6-8) dropping into fifth place. Defending champion Lehigh is first (11-3) followed by Colgate (8-6).
In the opener, back-to-back infield throwing errors with one out allowed Amanda Nguyen and Casey McCravey to reach base. Nguyen scored on the second miscue as McCravey motored to third on the error and scored on Reynolds' RBI groundout.
The Black Knights reached scoring position in three of the next five innings, but Amanda Fazio (8-13) stranded four Army runners in being saddled with the loss over 5.1 innings in the circle. Army twice reached third base, but a groundout in the second inning and a flyout in the fifth ended those threats.
Lashley, who struck out three and walked three, was superb in the circle in limiting Bucknell to just one hit and allowing the Bison into scoring position just three times. With a runner at first in the third with one out, Lashley got out safely on an infield popup and strikeout. After being touched for her lone hit, a leadoff bunt to Cydnee Sanders in the top of the fourth inning followed by a sacrifice bunt, a flyout and foul ball to the third baseman ended that threat.
With one out and runners at first and second following a walk and error in the top of the fifth inning, Lashley retired the side on a flyout and strikeout en route to retiring eight of the final nine batters she faced in improving to 18-10.
In the nightcap decision, Army rode the arm of freshman RHP Braetana Roy as the Black Knights posted their third league sweep of the season.
Reynolds had a hand in all three runs off starter Dana Nielsen in the bottom of the first inning after Bucknell took a 1-0 lead in the top half of the frame. With one out, Christian McKone drew the first of two walks issued by Nielsen followed by back-to-back doubles by McCravey and Reynolds. McKone and McCravey scored on Reynolds' two-run double with April Ortenzo's RBI single to left field scoring Reynolds in staking Roy to a 3-1 lead.
Bucknell capitalized on a pair of hits and an error to push across three runs in the top of the third and pull in front of the Black Knights, 4-3. Cassie Greenhawk's two-run double drove in the first two runs to tie the score 3-3 and she snapped it when she crossed on Erin Cox' two-out single to right field.
After coming up short stranding four runners on base over the next three frames, Army rallied to tie the game 4-4 on Reynolds' one-out solo home run in the top of the fifth off Nielsen.
Cindy Cherness took over the circle for Bucknell in the sixth inning. After retiring the first four batters she faced, Cherness issued a walk to McKone with one out in the bottom of the seventh.
McKone moved to second on McCravey's single and both moved up on an error when the third baseman bobbled Reynolds grounder. Northup bounced the ball back to the pitcher and McKone was retired heading home, but the catcher overthrew first base trying to turn a double play and her miscue allowed McCravey to race home for the game-winning run.
After being touched for four runs over the first three frames, Roy (5-7) threw shutout ball over the final four frames and worked out of a jam with a runner at third in the fourth on a groundout and strikeout looking. After being touched for two of her seven hits in the top of the seventh, Roy stranded runners in the corners on a popup to the first baseman in picking up her fifth win of the season and 12th complete game yielding seven hits with five strikeouts and two walks.
The Black Knights close out the four-game series Sunday afternoon starting at 12:30 p.m. following "Senior Day" honoring Alex Reynolds and head manager Trevor Hodges.