Softball Opens Home Slate Wednesday Afternoon

Junior Amanda Nguyen

Junior Amanda Nguyen

March 26, 2013

The Army's women's softball team makes its home debut at the Softball Complex Wednesday (March 27) afternoon hosting Mid-Hudson rival Marist in a non-league doubleheader with first pitch at 3 p.m.

Live states for the games will be available via GameTracker by logging onto Army's official athletics website (www.goARMYsports.com). In-game Twitter updates will also be offered through the official Twitter handle (@Army_WSoftball). In addition, a live video streamed broadcast of the game will be available through Knight Vision, the Black Knights' subscription-based multimedia platform.

The Black Knights (11-10) are coming off a 4-0 weekend following sweeps of St. Peter's (10-0 (6)/8-1) and Rider (11-3 (6)/4-2) that stretched their win streak to five straight. Army's bats were explosive over the weekend, outhitting its opponents 56-15 and outscoring them 33-6.

Freshman Christian McKone batted .615 (8-for-13) with a pair of runs driven in and scored three times. Co-captains senior Alex Reynolds and junior April Ortenzo, along with junior Marina Northup, set the pace. Ortenzo drove in seven runs with Reynolds and Northup following with four RBI each. Reynolds posted a .733 slugging percentage, batting .533 (8-for-15) with five runs scored. Northup batted .467 and scored four runs, and Ortenzo, who had two extra base hits (home run and double) among the six she smacked, scored three times.

Army batted .427 and played errorless ball, while all three pitchers combined their talents posting a stingy 1.62 ERA and striking out 15 batters over 26.0 innings. Morgan Lashley, who recorded a 0.67 ERA as Army's workhorse in the circle, earned Patriot League Pitcher of the Week honors for the first time this season and career fifth. Overall, the Black Knights boast a 3.70 team ERA.

The Black Knights are batting .312 (lists 36th nationally) with junior Amanda Nguyen the team's offensive leader in batting (.422), hits (33), runs scored (22), and stolen bases (15-15). Nguyen is 13th nationally in stolen bases with a 0.71 average, lists 28th in runs scored (1.05) and is 45th in batting.

Marist is coming off an 8-0 win over Columbia in closing out competition at the Colorado State Spring Tournament. The shutout snapped a nine-game losing string for the Red Foxes (7-11). Nicole Cheek leads the team in batting (.393), hits (22), home runs (five) and slugging percentage (.750), is tied for first in runs scored (15) and lists second in RBI (13). Marist is batting .261 with a 3.95 ERA.

The Black Knights show a 26-16 advantage, along with a tie, in a series that began in 1992. Marist and Army met earlier in the month at the Spartan Classic. Red Fox catcher Sarah Carmody and pinch hitter Christina Lausch each doubled home a pair of runs, and Janine Lalli allowed just one run on six hits in leading Marist to a 10-1 six-inning victory.

Following action on Wednesday, the Black Knights usher in their Patriot League slate this weekend hosting Colgate (5-15) in a four-game series with doubleheaders set for Saturday (March 30) and Sunday (March 31) at 1 p.m. both days. Army was picked second in the preseason poll, trailing defending champion and preseason favorite Lehigh with Colgate third.

The Mountain Hawks (11-9-1) and Army have the top records in the league to rank first and second, respectively, in the latest conference standings. Lehigh takes on Bucknell, picked fifth preseason, and Holy Cross visits Lafayette in their league openers this weekend. The Leopards (4-11) were picked fourth and the Crusaders (6-10) were sixth.

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