Offense Explodes In Sweep Of Bucknell

Rachael Duval

Rachael Duval

April 15, 2012

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LEWISBURG, Pa. - April Ortenzo went 8-for-8 with two RBI and five runs scored with Rachael Duval and Alex Reynolds each driving in four runs and scoring three times as Army banged out 30 hits completing a four-game sweep of Bucknell by taking both ends of a Patriot League doubleheader Sunday at Becker Field.

Ortenzo was 5-for-5 with an RBI and three runs scored, and freshman hurlers Morgan Lashley and Jules Steurer combined on a two-hit shutout as the Black Knights (26-15, 9-3 PL) opened with an 11-0 five-inning defeat of the Bison. The Black Knights exploded for 18 hits in a 13-2 nightcap decision with Lashley recording her fourth straight victory this weekend to set a school single-season win record with 22.

Ortenzo went 3-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored with Duval and Reynolds each knocking in three runs and scoring twice, along with two RBI and a run scored by Alexis AuBuchon, as Army exploded for 18 hits, one shy of its season high 19, in the second game.

After getting just one hit in the first inning of the opener a leadoff double by Ortenzo, Army bunched together five hits along with capitalizing on a pair of errors batting around in plating seven runs in the second inning.

Reanna Johnson(2-for-4) and Ali Cleinmark (3-for-3) ripped back-to back singles to start off the inning with Duval delivering Johnson from third base on a sacrifice fielder's choice RBI. Clara Navarro's double (her second of the season) knocked in Cleinmark and Duval for a 3-0 lead.

Back-to-back hits by Ortenzo and Amanda Nguyen (2-for-4) loaded the bases with Navarro scoring when Reynolds reached on an error by the second baseman for a 4-0 advantage. A dropped fly ball by the left fielder with bases loaded produced three unearned runs in staking Lashley to a 7-0 lead.

Army pushed across a pair of runs in the third inning along with knocking out starter Alex MacLean (3-18) after yielding a leadoff double to Johnson followed by Cleinmark's run-scoring single. Courtney Conover took over the circle and issued back-to-back walks to load the bases in setting the stage for Ortenzo's sacrifice fly scoring Cleinmark for a 9-0 advantage.

Before calling the game in the fifth inning on the mercy rule, Army added a pair of runs in the top half with AuBuchon's one-out single driving in Ortenzo and Northup's sacrifice fly to the center fielder delivering Nguyen in closing out the scoring.

Lashley allowed just one hit, walked two and struck out two of the 15 batters she faced over 4.0 innings to record the decision. After retiring the first four batters, she yielded her lone hit followed by a pair of walks but got out safe on a infield popup in leaving bases loaded. She retired seven straight batters before turning over the circle to Steurer who was touched for one hit the final inning. The shutout is Army's fifth of the season.

The Black Knights raked two Bison pitchers for 12 hits with Ortenzo and Cleinmark each collecting three along with two each by Johnson and Nguyen.

In the nightcap decision, Army jumped out to a 1-0 lead on Nguyen's (2-for-4) RBI single driving in Duval, who reached on a fielder's choice. MacLean (3-19), who was also tagged with the loss in the second game, denied the Black Knights from insurance runs in leaving bases loaded.

Army broke through with three runs on three hits and a pair of errors in the fourth inning to pull out to a 4-0 lead. Ortenzo doubled home Navarro, who singled, for the first run and scored on an error by the second baseman that allowed Nguyen to reach base. AuBuchon (4-for-5z) drove in Nguyen, who stole second base and moved to third on the throwing error by the catcher, from third base.

After being held scoreless through nine innings in the twinbill, Bucknell scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to draw to 4-2 on a two-run double by Mallory Lyons.

Touched for two of her hits in that frame, Lashley stranded a runner at second on a flyout en route to retiring four straight batters before turning over the circle to Steuer in the seventh with Army in front 13-2.

The Black Knights extended their lead to 7-2 scoring three runs on five hits along with an error in the sixth on RBI singles by Reynolds AuBuchon and Johnson.

Army sent 11 batters to the plate in a six-run seventh with Duval, 2-for-5, driving in three runs in that frame. After ripping a leadoff homer over the fence in left field, she singled home a pair of runs off Conover who took over in relief.

The Black Knights collected 18 hits with Ortenzo and AuBuchon banging out five and four respectively, along with two each by Nguyen, Reynolds and Duval. Army posted its second league sweep of the season after taking four games from Holy Cross in its opener two weeks ago.

Lashley's 22 wins broke the school single-season mark of 21 held by Army Hall of Fame Colleen McCabe who set it as a senior in 1991. Lashley also broke the McCabe's record (199.1) for innings pitched with 219.0 while her 163 strikeouts are 23 shy of the school mark of 186 set by Sarah Hatton in 2000.

Army's 26 wins are just two off the mark set in 2011 and seven shy of the school record 33 set in 2010. Ortenzo batted.688 (11-for-16) with three doubles, three RBI and six runs scored in the weekend series with Bucknell. AuBuchon hit .500 (7-for-14) with four runs batted in and two runs scored. Lashley posted a 1.67 ERA in going 4-0.

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