May 2, 2012
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -
Senior center fielder Reanna Johnson's two-run single in the top of the seventh in the first game snapped a 4-4 tie, and Morgan Lashley threw scoreless ball over the final six innings in leading Army to a 6-4 come-from-behind non-conference win over Marist Wednesday afternoon at Gartland Field.
Paige Lewis (4-5) scattered three hits in the nightcap, and Megan Lamoureux ripped a two-run homer in driving in three runs as Marist (27-22) earned a split with a 9-1 five-inning decision over the Black Knights (35-19). The doubleheader was the regular-season finale for both teams.
Trailing 4-0 in the first game after Marist scored all four of its runs on four hits in the bottom of the first inning, the Black Knights cut that deficit in half in the top of the second inning. Clara Navarro's two-out single scored Ali Cleinmark, who drew a walk, for the first run. Rachael Duval, drawing the second walk in that inning off starter Janine Lalli, advanced to second on Navarro's single. She moved to third on April Ortenzo's infield hit, and scored when the pitcher overthrew first base.
Army then took advantage of a pair of walks and two errors to tie the score 4-4 in the fourth inning without the benefit of a hit in knocking out Lalli, who walked four batters and yielded four hits in 3.1 innings in the circle. Cleinmark and Duval, who drew back-to-back walks, scored on throwing errors by the right and left fielders, respectively.
Melanie White (5-10), who took over the circle in the fourth inning, retired eight of the first nine batters she faced before getting into a jam in the seventh inning with bases loaded (all by walks) and two outs. Johnson smacked the lone hit off White, a single up the middle that scored Ortenzo and AuBuchon with Alex Reynolds thrown out trying to reach third base as Army pulled ahead 6-4.
After being touched for four of her eight hits in the first inning, Lashley scattered four hits throwing scoreless ball over the next six innings. Marist only reached second base four times during that span, twice on a wild pitch, another on an error and the last on a leadoff double in the sixth, but each time Lashley stranded the runners.
In the bottom of the seventh, Lashley retired the first two batters she faced with her ninth strikeout to equal her game high, followed by a flyout to center field. After issuing her fourth walk of the game, she induced the next batter to pop up to the second baseman in improving to 31-14. Lashley ranked No. 1 nationally in wins in Monday's latest statistical release from the NCAA.
In the nightcap, Army jumped out to a 1-0 first inning lead after capitalizing on an error when Reynolds, who singled and moved to second on a wild pitch, scored when the right fielder dropped AuBuchon's fly ball.
Army's lead proved short-lived as Marist collected four hits in the bottom of that frame off freshman Jules Steurer (4-5) to tie the game 1-1 on Aly Klemmer's run scoring single up the middle. The Red Foxes snapped the 1-1 tie on Danielle Koltz' two run-single in the bottom of the second inning to pull ahead 3-1. Lamoureux's two-run homer in the fourth padded the Red Foxes' lead to 5-1 followed by a four-run fifth that forced the game to be called on the eight-run mercy rule.
Army will be idle this weekend as it prepares for the Patriot League Tournament being hosted by top seed Lehigh on May 10-12 in Bethlehem, Pa. The second-seeded Black Knights take on third-seeded Colgate in the second game on Thursday, May 10, following the first game between No. 1 Lehigh and No. 4 Lafayette. Army is 6-6 against the field.