March 5, 2013
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego softball team ended the day on a good note with a 3-1 victory over South Dakota State on Tuesday afternoon from the USD Softball Complex. The Toreros (8-11) dropped game one of the doubleheader 1-0 in eight innings.
It was a good old fashioned pitcher's duel in game one. Jenny Lahitte didn't allow a hit until the fifth inning and didn't even allow a South Dakota State baserunner past second until that inning. The Toreros meanwhile had plenty of opportunities but were unable to capitalize. USD had runners in scoring position in five of the eight innings.
The Jackrabbits (8-12) finally broke the tie with an RBI single in the top of the eighth to go up 1-0.
In the bottom of the eighth Lauren Tomey tried to get USD jumpstarted with a double to lead off the inning. The next batter, Caitlin Rooney ripped a shot that looked headed for the left center gap before SDSU's left fielder made a full-extension diving catch to rob Rooney of the hit and potential RBI. Mary Grabowski then lifted a deep fly ball to center that allowed pinch-runner Tatum Schultz to tag up and advance to third. However, with two outs and a runner on third, Kylie Ordos went down swinging to end the game.
Lahitte (2-6) turned in a solid performance with 8.0 IP, allowing only one run on four hits while striking out nine and walking four but was saddled with the loss.
SDSU got started early in game two by putting up a run with an RBI single in the top of the first.
The Toreros responded right away with back-to-back RBI singles by Chloe Kaneko and Lauren Tomey that gave them a 2-1 lead after the first inning.
From that point on it was pretty quiet for both teams until Danielle Mavridis delivered a run-scoring triple in the bottom of the sixth that plated Tomey and put USD up 3-1.
Cassidy Coleman (5-5) would hold the USD lead and pick up the complete-game win, allowing one run on four hits and striking out eight.
Tomey collected two hits in each game to lead the USD offense.
The Toreros and Jackrabbits return to action on Wednesday night for a 5 pm contest at the USD Softball Complex.