March 23, 2013
JERSEY CITY, N.J. -
Senior second baseman Alex Reynolds went 6-for-8 with three runs batted in and three runs scored, and sophomore right-hander Morgan Lashley tossed a four-hit shutout in the opener and pitched a five-hitter in the nightcap as the Army softball team swept a non-league doubleheader from St. Peter's, 10-0 (6) and 8-1, Saturday at Jarschak Field.
Reynolds was perfect at the plate in the first game, going 4-for-4 and scoring three times as Army raked two pitchers for 15 hits for its second highest output of the season. Freshmen Paige Vallejos (2-for-4), Bernadette Cardon (2-for-3) and Christian McKone (3-3) sparked Army's offense as each drove in a pair of runs in support of Lashley, who scattered four hits, struck out four and did not yield a walk or run facing 23 batters.
In the nightcap, Army collected 13 hits off two pitchers with junior April Ortenzo and Reynolds driving in four and three runs, respectively, going 2-for-4 at the plate as the Black Knights stretched their win streak to three straight to stand 9-10. Army outhit the Peahens 28-9 in the twinbill.
The Black Knights staked Lashley to a 5-0 lead in the first inning in the opener on RBI singles by junior Marina Northup, Vallejos, Cardon and McKone as Army capitalized on five hits, a walk and a wild pitch scoring a run. Army plated a single run in the second inning when freshman Kasey McCravey beat out an infield single, moved to second on Reynolds' single, motored to third on a fielder's choice and came home on a throwing error by the second baseman for a 6-0 Black Knight advantage.
Army added a single run in the fourth inning when Reynolds, who led off with a single and moved to second on an error by the left fielder, scored on Vallejos' double to right field to increase its lead to 7-0. The Black Knights forced the game to be called on the eight-run mercy rule in the sixth inning with Cardon's ground out scoring the first run along with RBI singles by McKone and junior Amanda Nguyen.
After retiring four of the first six batters she faced yielding a hit in each of the first two innings, Lashley was touched for two hits in the bottom of the third inning with one out. She got out safely stranding runners at second and third en route to retiring seven straight batters and 11 of 12 in recording her second shutout of the season.
Army rode Lashley's arm in the nightcap as the Black Knights scored in all but one inning in cruising to the decision. The Black Knights took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning on Ortenzo's sacrifice fly scoring Nguyen, who led off with an infield single and moved around on back-to-back wild pitches.
After being held scoreless in the second frame, Army plated single runs in the next two innings on Reynolds' RBI double and Ali Cleinmark's ground out, respectively, to pull ahead 3-0. The Black Knights increased their lead with a pair of runs in the fifth and sixth innings and a single run in the seventh to close out the scoring.
Reynolds doubled in both runs in the fifth inning and Ortenzo knocked in the final three runs of the game with a single in the sixth chasing home a pair of runs, then closing out the scoring with her second single in the seventh.
St. Peter's avoided the shutout with a run in the bottom of the sixth inning when the Peahens collected a pair of hits off Lashley and their lone run after being held to just two hits over the first five innings. Lashley walked three batters and struck out four finishing with eight strikeouts and just three walks in 13 innings in the doubleheader posting an 0.54 ERA in the twinbill as she improved to 8-7.
Ortenzo drove in four runs and scored once in the doubleheader with McKone, Northup and Nguyen each collecting four hits.
Army visits Rider for a doubleheader on Sunday with first pitch at 1 p.m.