House Lifts Army To 3-2 Win Over Sacred Heart

Marah House

Marah House

April 21, 2014

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FAIRFIELD, Conn. - Designated player Marah House's two-run single with one out in the top of the eighth inning snapped a 1-1 tie, and right-hander Kristen Westheld host Sacred Heart to a single run in the bottom half of that frame to lead Army to a 3-2 non-conference softball victory over the Pioneers Monday afternoon at Pioneer Park.

Army (20-22) got on board first plating a run in the top of the first inning. Senior outfielder Amanda Nguyen led off with a bunt single, stole second and moved to third on Alee Rashenskas' (2-for-4) hit up the middle before coming around on Kasey McCravey's(2-for-2) sacrifice fly to left field.

The Pioneers (12-22) tied the game in the bottom half of that frame with Andrea Sidor leading off with a double. She was sacrificed to third and crossed the plate on Annie Dreher's sacrifice fly to center field.

Army’s West and the Pioneers’ Jamie Carlson kept the batters in check through the next six innings. West (3-4), picking up her second win in as many days, retired the side in the second and fourth innings as she scattered six hits over six frames and only twice allowed the Pioneers into scoring position. After yielding back-to-back hits in the bottom of the third and fifth innings, West stranded runners in both

The Black Knights snapped the tie in the extra eighth inning capitalizing on two hits and three walks. Savanna Aversa led off the inning with a single up the middle, was sacrificed to second by Nguyen and moved to third on Rashenskas' groundout.

Back-to-back walks to April Ortenzoand McCravey loaded the bases and set the stage for House whose lone hit of the game drove in Aversa for the tie-breaker and Ortenzo for what would prove to be the game-winning run as Army pulled out to a 3-1 lead. With bases loaded, Carlson denied Army additional runs on a strikeout.

After being touched for three hits in the bottom of the eighth, capped by Dreher's run-scoring double that drew the Pioneeers to 3-2, West stranded the tying run at third and go-ahead at second after ending the game on a groundout and popup. West was touched for 10 hits, struck out two and did not issue a walk to the 33 batters she faced.

Army collected seven hits off Carlson with Rashenskas and McCravey each with two.

The Black Knights return to Patriot League action this weekend visiting Holy Cross in a crucial three-game series. Army (7-5) is tied for third in the standings and the Crusaders are fourth (5-7).

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