March 10, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
The Army softball team traded the snow and cold of the Mid-Hudson area for the warm weather of Florida where the Black Knights face a challenging eight-game schedule competing this week at the Rebel Spring Games in Kissimmee.
Army has been idle since closing out competition at the Spartan Classic with a 4-2 win over Delaware on March 3rd after avenging an opening round loss to the Blue Hens. The Black Knights are batting .282 with junior outfielder Amanda Nguyen leading the team in hits (13), batting average (.394), runs (nine) and stolen bases (six).
Fellow outfielders Marina Northup and Christian McKone are batting .360 and .333, respectively. McKone is second in runs scored (eight) and Northup is tied for second in hits (nine) and lists third in runs batted in (five). Freshman third baseman Kasey McCravey is batting .321 and ranks first on the squad in runs batted in with seven.
In the circle, sophomore Morgan Lashley (2-5, 5.59 ERA) leads the pitching staff with seven starts along with innings pitched (36.1). Freshman Braetana Roy (1-1, 3.05 ERA) has appeared in five games with two starts over 18.1 innings.
Army (3-6) opens its annual spring trip on Monday, March 11, with a pair of games starting late in the day as the Black Knights take on Wagner at 5 p.m. and Robert Morris at 6:30 p.m.
Following a day off, the Black Knights are back in action playing four games over a two-day span. Army takes on Eastern Illinois and Creighton on Wednesday (March 13) at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., respectively, followed on Thursday (March 14) by Youngstown State at 11 a.m. with Butler next at 1 p.m.
The Black Knights wrap up their trip on Saturday (March 16) facing Fairleigh Dickinson at 9 a.m. and Wisconsin of Green Bay at 1 p.m.
Following its return home, Army hosts Fairleigh Dickinson in a doubleheader at the Softball Complex with the first pitch at 3:30 p.m. in the Black Knights home debut.