April 20, 2014
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Freshman Kristen West allowed one run on six hits in going the distance as Army defeated Lafayette, 3-1, Sunday afternoon at the Softball Complex for its second win of the three-game Patriot League weekend series after splitting the first-day doubleheader.
A fielding error by the third baseman with two outs in the bottom of the first inning allowed two unearned runs for all the scoring needed.
Kasey McCravey drove in an insurance run in the third inning as the Black Knights collected seven hits in the contest. Alex Rashenskas went 2-for-2 and scored twice and Alex Gaff was 2-for-3 in pacing Army's attack.
Army (19-22, 7-5 PL), taking advantage of a hit, walk and error, took a 2-0 lead in the first inning keyed by the two-run error. With two outs, Bernadette Cardon's shot was misplayed by the third baseman and allowed leadoff batter Amanda Nguyen, who beat out a bunt and went on to steal second, and Alee Rashenskas, who drew a walk and moved up a base on a sacrifice bunt, to score.
The Black Knights plated an insurance run in the third on McCravey's two-out single that knocked in Rashenskas, who laced a hit up the middle and moved to third on April Ortenzo's groundout.
Lindsay Cherry (2-9), who recorded Lafayette's win in the middle game on Saturday, denied Army insurance runs in the fifth inning stranding a pair of runners following back-to-back singles with one out on a fielder's choice at home plate and groundout.
Lafayette scored a run in the top of the fourth inning to cut Army's lead to 3-1. Kelly Lallis led off with a triple to right field and was brought home by Kristyn Marinelli's single up the middle. West, going the distance for just the second time this season, denied a second run in retiring the side on a popup and groundout.
Army's freshman hurler worked her way out of a jam in the fifth inning stranding runners at first and second and did not let the Leopards into scoring position over the final two frames as she scattered six hits, struck out two and did not issue a walk in picking up her second win of the season.
The Black Knights return to action Monday visiting Sacred Heart in a non-league doubleheader before resuming league play with a trip to Holy Cross next weekend in a crucial series as both are vying for one of the four berths to the Patriot League Tournament next month.
DIAMOND NOTES: It is the first time that Kristen West has gone the distance since a 4-2 win over George Washington on Feb. 23 ... the freshman right-hander pitched an inning in the nightcap of Saturday's doubleheader ... she was touched for six hits and one run over eight innings in the Lafayette series.