May 1, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
Brittany MacFawn hurled Albany to both wins Wednesday afternoon at Albany Field, going the distance in a 3-1 decision in the first game and earning a 4-3 ninth-inning nightcap win in relief on Alexa Toole's game-winning hit after Army rallied in the late innings to tie the game 3-3.
Army (30-22) took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning of the opener when Alex Reynolds scored on Bernadette Cardon's sacrifice fly to left field. With one out, Reynolds reached on a fielding error by the second baseman, and moved around on back-to-back singles by Marina Northup and April Ortenzo with Cardon ripping her 15th RBI of the season.
The bottom half of the inning was almost a duplication of the top as the Great Danes (33-12) tied the score 1-1 on Maggie Cocks' sacrifice fly to center field delivering Taylor French, who led off with a single. She advanced to second on a fielding error and reached third on a double-steal combination.
Albany snapped the tie in the bottom of the fifth inning on Annie Johnson's one-out homer to center field with a man aboard for a 3-1 lead.
Army's Morgan Lashley (24-11) yielded just two hits, struck out two and walked three over five innings in being touched for all three runs in the loss. She threw hitless ball over the first three innings before giving up a leadoff hit and run in the fourth inning, then Albany jumped on her for two runs in the fifth inning. Jewels Steurer threw a one-hitter and struck out one pitching the sixth inning.
MacFawn (23-6) went the distance on a five hitter, struck out eight and walked one. After retiring the side in the first inning, MacFawn walked the leadoff batter in the top of the second. She retired seven straight batters before a fielding error in the fourth allowed an Army runner on base.
After being touched for an unearned run in the fourth inning, she stranded two Black Knights in scoring position. In the fifth inning, Amanda Nguyen, who beat out a bunt and stole, was the last player to reach scoring position against MacFawn as the Great Danes snapped Army's six-game win streak.
Collecting a hit for the Black Knights were Nguyen, Christian McKone, Northup and April Ortenzo.
The Black Knights rallied from a 3-0 deficit in the nightcap with a pair of runs on Cardon's two-run single with bases loaded in the top of the sixth inning, then tied the score 3-3 with an unearned run in the seventh off MacFawn, who took over from starter Emily Ostrom.
Trailing 3-0 after Albany scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth, Army rallied in the sixth capitalizing on two hits, a walk and an error to cut the Great Danes lead to 3-2. Reynolds drew a leadoff walk and Northup reached on a fielding error by the shortstop followed by Ortenzo's infield hit that loaded the bases. Following back-to-back outs, Cardon's pinch hit two-out single to center field drove in Reynolds and Northup, but MacFawn nipped the rally on a groundout in stranding two runners.
McKone (2-for-4) ignited Army in the seventh, leading off with a single down the left field line and moved to third on Kasey McCravey's groundout. Reynolds drove in McKone for the tying run when she reached on a fielding error by the first baseman, but back-to-back strikeouts ended Army's rally. MacFawn stranded the go-ahead run at second in both the eighth and ninth innings when the international tie-breaker rule was applied.
Braetana Roy (4-9), who went the distance for Army, denied Albany in the bottom of the seventh when she stranded McFarland, who ripped a one-out double to center field, at third on a flyout and groundout. With runners at second and third in the eighth inning following a sacrifice bunt, the freshman hurler got out of the jam on a flyout to center field and foul ball to left field.
In the bottom of the ninth inning, Albany's Kelly Costello was placed at second. She advanced to third on a groundout and was delivered by Toole's bunt single.
Roy threw a four-hitter, struck out four and walked five batters and was touched for three earned runs in her longest stint in the circle.
McKone (3-for-7) and Ortenzo (2-for-7) collected hits in both games with Cardon driving in three runs (one in the first game and two in the nightcap).
Army closes out its regular-season and home slate on Saturday hosting Fairleigh Dickinson in a doubleheader at the Softball Complex.
DIAMOND NOTES: Amanda Nguyen became Army's and the Patriot League's all-time leader in stolen bases with 78, passing the mark of 77 held by Lauren Gobar (2002-05) ... the Army junior outfielder's three stolen bases in the twinbill (one in the first and two nightcap) earned her the records ... she set the season mark her freshman year with 27 and broke it this season ... she currently has 32, which is three shy of the league's mark ... she entered the week ranked 29th nationally in stolen bases ... Nguyen and freshman Kasey McCravey's 41 runs scored tied the season mark first set by Nguyen in 2011 ... Alex Reynolds' 40 RBI this season are just five off her school single-season mark (45) that she set in 2011 ... Reynolds became Army's all-time leader in RBI this year after shattering the mark of 117 held by Army Hall of Famer Nicki Robbins ... she currently has 132.