March 25, 2012
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -
Rider rallied from a 3-2 deficit with a pair of runs in the sixth and one in the seventh inning to defeat Army, 5-3, in the consolation game of the Penn Spring Invitational hosted by the University of Pennsylvania at Penn Park Sunday afternoon.
The Broncs (8-17-1) staked Rachael Matreale to a 2-0 lead on Ally Breeden's two run-single in the top of the first inning. Marina Northup helped erase that lead scoring a run in the second and singled home a pair of runners (Meghan McGowan and Amanda Nguyen) in the third as Army pulled ahead 3-2. McGowan reached first on a perfectly placed bunt and beat out the throw to second on Nguyen's fielder choice, and both moved up a base on a wild pitch.
Army carried that 3-2 lead into the top of the sixth but couldn't hold on as Rider parlayed three hits, an error and a walk into two runs and a 4-3 lead. Pinch hitter Ally Coryell's run scoring single up the middle tied the score 3-3 and she moved up two bases on the throw home and error. Starter Amanda Irving took over from Cryell at third base and scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch for a one-run lead. Rider padded its lead with a run in seventh.
Matreale(6-8), touched for six of her eight hits over the first four frames, scattered two hits over the final three innings retiring nine of the final 11 batters she faced to record the decision.
The Rider hurler stranded a pair of Army runners on the corners in the third inning on an infield groundout after Army took a one-run lead (3-2) on Northup's two-out single in that frame. Following a a double play with two runners on base that nixed the Black Knights chance to extend their lead in the fourth inning, Matreale did not allow an Army runner into scoring position the rest of the game.
Freshman reliever Jules Steurer (3-3) took over the circle from starter Morgan Lashley in the top of the third with the Black Knights trailing 2-1. After retiring the side in that frame, she worked her way out of a bases-loaded jam on a groundout in the fourth inning, then stranded the tying run at first base in the fifth inning before yielding three runs over the final two frames.
Army collected eight hits with AuBuchon, 3-for-3, the only player with multiple hits. The senior co-captain batted .538 at the invitational going 7-for-13 with an RBI. Nguyen hit .429 (6-for-14) and scored two runs with Northup (5-for-14) batting .357 with two runs batted in and two runs scored as Army went 1-3 over the weekend.
The Black Knights are home this week, hosting St. Peter's in a doubleheader at the Softball Complex Wednesday prior to making their Patriot League debut over the weekend against Holy Cross.