April 14, 2013
BETHLEHEM, Pa. -
Marina Northup drove in the tying and go-ahead runs with a single in the top of the seventh, and Morgan Lashley stranded a pair of runners in the bottom half to lead the Army softball team to a come-from-behind 5-4 victory over Lehigh in the second game of a Patriot League doubleheader Sunday afternoon at Kaufman Field.
Lehigh (23-14, 9-3 PL), the defending league champions and in first place in the standings, won the first game of Sunday's twinbill 3-2 as the Mountain Hawks took three of four games from the Black Knights (20-19, 5-7 PL) over the weekend.
Trailing 4-2 in the nightcap after Lehigh plated an unearned run in the sixth, Army scored three runs on three hits along with capitalizing on an error in the seventh. Christian McKone, 2-for-3, led off the frame beating out an infield hit. Following an out, she advanced to second on Kasey McCravey's fielder's choice and scored on an error by the center fielder on Alex Reynolds' single in drawing Army to within a run (4-3).
McCravey advanced to third on that play and Reynolds moved to second to set the stage for Northup. The junior outfielder stroked her first hit of the game with one out when she took a full-count offering from Emily Bausher (9-6) and ripped a single down the left field line driving in McCravey and Reynolds, with the tying and go-ahead runs. Bausher stranded Northup, who reached second on the throw home, on back-to-back strikeouts in denying Army the insurance run.
Lashley (16-10), who tossed five innings of relief to pick up the victory, was touched for two of her five hits in the sixth as Lehigh capitalized on an error to score an unearned run to pull ahead 4-2. After Army took a one-run lead in the top of the seventh, Lashley made that stand in the bottom half.
After yielding an infield hit and walk sandwiched around an out, Lashley worked her way out of that jam on a foul ball popup to the catcher and grounder back to the circle to preserve the win and salvage the weekend along with snapping Lehigh's seven-game win streak.
The Black Knights jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Nguyen (2-for-4), who beat out an infield single, moved around on a flyout to left field, a fielder's choice and scored the first run on a wild pitch. Reynolds (2-for-3 with two runs scored), who drew a walk, motored around on back-to-back fielder's choices and scored on an error by the shortstop.
Lehigh rallied with three runs on three hits in the home half to take the lead off starter Braetana Roy. Army had runners in scoring position in the third, fifth and sixth innings, the last with bases loaded, but Bausher closed the door with a strikeout looking.
The Mountain Hawks were also denied as they stranded a runner in the second, third, fourth and fifth innings. Both teams collected nine hits with McKone, Nguyen and Reynolds getting two apiece for the Black Knights.
Trailing 1-0 after the second inning in the opener, Army tied the game 1-1 in the top of the third without a hit when the Black Knights capitalized on two Lehigh errors to score Nguyen, who picked up two bases after reaching on a throwing error with two outs and scored on the other.
Lehigh snapped the tie in the home half off starter Jewels Steurer (0-2) when Alexis Watanabe, who led with a triple, scored on a wild pitch for a 2-1 lead. Watanabe (2-for-3 with an RBI and run scored) drove in what proved to be the game winner off Roy, who took over in relief, with an infield single in the fourth inning to extend Lehigh's lead to 3-1.
The Black Knights hung tough drawing to within a run (3-2) in the fifth inning after capitalizing on two hits and a Lehigh error to score McKone. After beating out a single back to the circle with two outs, she moved around on Nguyen's base hit and back to-back errors as Lehigh committed four in the game.
Rebecca Bliss (13-6), who went the distance on a six-hitter with a strikeout and walk, then closed the door. She stranded runners in scoring position (second and third) in the fifth, left a runner on base in the sixth (in scoring position) and seventh innings to post her second win over the weekend against Army.
The Black Knights return home to open an eight-game home stretch starting with Iona in a non-league doubleheader on Tuesday.