March 27, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
Marina Northup and Alex Gaff each drove in a run and scored a run in support of RHP Braetana Roy, who threw her first collegiate shutout, as Army defeated Marist, 3-0, in the nightcap to earn a split of a non-league doubleheader Wednesday afternoon at the Softball Complex.
Nicole Cheek's two-out solo home run in the top of the 11th inning snapped a scoreless tie, and winner Emily Osterhaus stranded the tying run at third base in the home half besting Army's Morgan Lashley in a pitcher duel as Marist won the first game 1-0.
Army (12-11) jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning in the nightcap on freshman Christian McKone's two-out bunt single delivering Gaff, who drew a leadoff walk off Melanie White (1-3) and moved to second on Ali Cleinmark's single and third on a fielder's choice.
White retired 11 straight batters before Army collected three hits off her in the sixth inning, to include a pair of doubles, for a pair of insurance runs in pulling ahead 3-0. With one out, freshman Kasey McCravey ripped a double to right field and moved to third on a groundout. Northup drilled an RBI double to left center field for a 2-0 cushion and scored on Gaff's single to left field before she was thrown out trying to stretch her hit to a double.
Roy (2-3), who had worked out of bases-loaded jam in the fifth and stranded a pair of runners in the sixth inning, protected Army's third shutout of the season as she closed the door in the top of the seventh on back-to-back strikeouts and a groundout. Roy scattered eight hits, struck out four and walked just one batter in going the distance for the fifth time this season.
Army collected hits from six different players off two Marist pitchers.
In a pitcher's duel in the opener, Lashley took a no-hitter into the bottom of the sixth before yielding a two-out single to Danielle Koltz. The sophomore hurler got out unharmed on a groundout to the first baseman en route to retiring six straight batters before getting into a jam in the eighth inning with runners in scoring positions. An infield popup ended that rally, while double plays in the ninth and 10th ended those threats.
Marist pulled out the win in the top of the 11th collecting three of its eight hits off Lashley in that frame. With two outs, Cheek drilled the first offering over the left field fence to snap a scoreless deadlock for the lone run of the game. Lashley (10-8), who retired 15 straight batters early in the game, struck out seven and walked four in suffering the hard-luck loss as Army's five-game win streak was snapped.
Osterhaus, who went the distance on a six-hitter, struck out four and walked just one of the 39 batters she faced, worked her way out a jam in the bottom of the seventh after being touched for a one-out triple to Amanda Nguyen. She preserved the shutout on a strikeout looking and flyout to center field.
Army left six runners on base and Marist had eight. The Black Knights had a runner in scoring position in the fourth, 10th and 11th innings, and Marist had them on in the first, sixth and eight innings before the go-ahead 11th.
Nguyen collected three of Army's six hits going 3-for-5 with a triple (the fourth of her career).
The Black Knights, opening a nine-game homestand, opens their Patriot League slate this weekend hosting Colgate in a four-game series with pair of doubleheaders Saturday and Sunday starting at 1 p.m. both days. Army was picked second and the Raiders third in the preseason poll.
DIAMOND NOTES: Third straight year Army and Marist split a twinbill ... Army leads the series 27-16 along with a tie ... first home game at the Softball Complex in 2013 ... Amanda Nguyen continues to lead Army in batting (.419) and is followed by Alex Reynolds (.338), Kasey McCravey (.339), Marina Northup (.329) and Christian McKone (.306) ... McCravey and McKone are freshmen ... Army is batting .302 with a 3.31 ERA.