Army Defeats Wagner For Fourth Straight Win

Freshman Alex Gaff

Freshman Alex Gaff

March 17, 2012

Box Score

KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Sophomore shortstop April Ortenzo (2-for-4) doubled in three runs keying a five-run second as Army erased a 1-0 deficit to close out its spring trip to Florida with a 5-3 defeat of Wagner Saturday afternoon at the Osceola County Softball Complex.

The win was the second straight 5-3 decision of the day (Army defeated St. Peter's by that same score in eight innings) and fourth straight win as the Black Knights (11-8) closed out the Rebel Spring Games with a 5-3 record.

Wagner jumped out to a 1-0 lead on an unearned run in the top of the first inning, but Army erased that with five runs on five hits in the bottom of the second inning and made that stand.

The Black Knights loaded that bases on singles by Alexis AuBuchon and Reanna Johnson sandwiched around an out along with a hit batsman (Rae Anne Payleitner). Freshman Alex Gaff put Army in front, 2-1, with her two-run single to left field delivering AuBuchon for the tying run and Johnson for the go-ahead run.

Amanda Nguyen banged out Army's fourth hit in that frame to reload the bases. Ortenzo followed with a bases-clearing double when she took a 1-1 offering from Judy Betz and smacked it deep to right center field as Army pulled out to a 5-1 cushion. Ortenzo was stranded at second as Betz recorded a strikeout and groundout.

The Black Knights were held scoreless over the next four frames by reliever Olivia Zwick, who scattered three hits, walked two and struck out three. Army threatened in the third and fourth innings with a runner at third base in both, but each time a strikeout ended that threat.

Freshman ace Morgan Lashley, who had pitched Army to the win over St. Peter's in the first game of the day, threw a six-hitter against Wagner. She scattered three of those hits over the next four frames after being touched for the unearned run in the first. The Seahawks twice got into scoring position during that span, but Lashley nipped those rallies on strikeouts swinging in the second and looking in the third.

In the top of the sixth, Wagner capitalized on a hit and back-to-back errors to score a run to draw to 5-2, but a strikeout and infield popup nipped that threat as Lashley stranded runners at first and second base.

Wagner scored its third unearned run of the game in the seventh inning on Kelsey Parker's two-out double to left field plating Kristen Matteoni, who reached on an error, to close to within two runs of the Black Knights.

With the tying run at the plate, Lashley closed the door on Wagner when she induced Brittany Huss to fly out to right fielder Reanna Johnson to clinch her ninth win against six losses this year. Lashley stranded seven runners, four in scoring position.

Army recorded nine hits off two batters with Nguyen, Ortenzo and AuBuchon each collecting two against Wagner. The Black Knights banged out 22 hits on the day. AuBuchon and Nguyen went 4-for-6 batting .667 with AuBuchon driving in a pair of runs and Nguyen scoring twice in the sweep. Lashley posted a 2-0 mark along with 14 strikeouts for a 0.93 ERA over 15 innings in the circle.

At the Rebel Games, Nguyen batted .400 with 10 hits and five runes scored with Ortenzo scoring four times and driving in four. Reynolds also drove in four runs with Gaff scoring twice along with three RBI. Lashley closed out the trip to Florida with a 1.70 ERA along with a 5-2 mark.

The Black Knights are back in action Tuesday taking on Fairleigh Dickinson in their home debut at the Army Softball Complex with first pitch at 3:30 p.m.

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