March 22, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
The Army softball team has had a rough week dealing with Mother Nature since its return from Florida where the Black Knights posted a 4-4 mark at the Rebel Games during their spring break. Army's home debut against Fairleigh Dickinson on Wednesday was postponed because of a snowstorm, and that wound up affecting the Black Knights' home doubleheader against Rider Sunday as the game was moved to Lawrenceville, N.J., because of field conditions.
Army (7-10) has four road games over the weekend starting with a visit to St. Peter's (3-20) for a doubleheader Saturday at 1 p.m. at Jaroschak Field in Jersey City, N.J., followed by a trip to Rider's Herb and Joan Young Field.
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The Black Knights closed out their trip to Florida on a winning note defeating Green Bay 5-3 on March 16. Army turned in a strong performance at the Rebel Games batting .275 along with a 3.46 ERA as the Black Knights outhit (58 to 49) and outscored (36-32) their eight opponents.
Juniors Amanda Nguyen and April Ortenzo and freshman Kasey McCravey sparked Army at the Rebel Games collecting 29 of the Black Knights' 58 hits along with scoring 21 of 36 runs. Nguyen batted .407 in leading the way in hits (11), runs scored (nine) and stolen bases (8-8). McCravey, the Patriot League's reigning Rookie of the Week, was the leader in RBI (nine) and finished second in hits (10) and runs (six), with Ortenzo driving in eight runs and scoring six times.
Overall, Nguyen is batting .400 and leads Army in hits (24), runs scored (18) and stolen bases (14-14) with McCravey the leader in RBI (16) and slugging percentage (.509), and listing second in hits (19) and runs scored (12).
In the circle, sophomore Morgan Lashley was the workhorse at the Rebel Games appearing in six games with five starts and four completions. She posted a 4-2 won-loss record hurling 37.2 innings posting a 1.86 earned run average in Florida, while overall she is 6-7 with a 3.69 ERA and 60 strikeouts in 74.0 innings. Freshman Roy Braetana has appeared in eight games with five starts compiling a 1-3 mark and 5.20 ERA. .
ST. PETER'S: The Peahens dropped a pair of games their final day at the Rebel Games, bowing to North Dakota (12-0) and Columbia (6-0) last week. Saturday's doubleheader with Army is the home opener for St. Peter's and marks the 54th meeting between the two programs.
Army swept the Peahens, 21-2 and 10-2, in last year's meeting at West Point to stretch its win streak to five straight in pulling out to a 26-22-4 lead in a series that began in 1983.
Francesca D'Amato and Lee Harrison lead St. Peter's offensively with .313 and .312 batting averages, respectively, and hurler Eric Colon has drawn the bulk of duty in 14 games pitching 35.0 innings. The Peahens are batting .231 as a team.
RIDER: Army and Rider met last week at the Rebel Games with the Broncs rallying for a 4-3 win in their last at bat to take a 13-12-1 lead in the all-time series.
Dana Sensi's RBI single to center field in the bottom of the seventh lifted Rider over Army as the Broncs, scoring three unearned runs in that frame, overcame a 3-1 deficit to defeat the Black Knights. Sense leads the team with a .382 batting average and Kehli Washington is next at .378.
Krista Morrone, who earned the win over Army, is 3-9 overall and shows a 5.81 ERA. The Broncs are batting .223 as a team and show a 6.80 ERA.
Army used the long ball in jumping out to an early 3-0 lead on home runs by sophomore Ali Cleinmark and McCravey. Cleinmark ripped her first career round tripper on a two-out solo shot to right field in the top of the first inning, and McCravey's two-run blast in the top of the third staked RHP Roy, who was touched for the loss, to a 3-0 lead.
In its last outing at the Rebel Games, Rider was swept by Green Bay, 16-1 and 6-5.