Feb. 8, 2013
AUGUSTA, Ala. -
Army outhit Furman 10-4, but the Paladins made an early 4-0 lead stand after nipping the Black Knights' seventh-inning rally to take a 4-2 decision in the opening game of the Plainsman Invitational hosted by Auburn University at Jane B. Moore Field Friday afternoon.
Furman (1-0) took a 1-0 lead in the bottom the first inning, then capitalized on a pair of doubles and two walks to push across three runs in the third inning keyed by Sieara Bishop's two-run double with one out.
The Black Knights collected hits in the last five innings, leaving runners in scoring position in the top of the third (bases loaded) and fourth innings before narrowing the margin to 4-2 after tallying a pair of runs with no outs in the top of the seventh inning.
Junior Amanda Nguyen led off the seventh with a single to left field and reached second base on a throwing error by pitcher Lauren Collier (1-0) on freshman Kasey McCravey's fielder's choice. Nguyen scored from second on classmate's April Ortenzo's single to left field that moved McCravey into scoring position.
Senior Alex Reynolds drove in McCravey with a single to right field as Army drew to within two runs with no outs. Furman nipped Army's rally on a double play and infield groundout.
Ortenzo and freshman Paige Vallejos led Army with two hits each with six others collecting a hit. Five freshmen drew duty in the Black Knights' season opener. McCravey at third base, Vallejos the designated player, Christian McKone in center field, Alyssa Strobehn as a pinch runner with Braetana Roy drawing relief duty in the circle.
Sophomore right-hander Morgan Lashley (0-1) was tagged with the loss in being touched for three hits and four runs.
Army will look to bounce back this evening when it takes on Kent State at 8 p.m.