March 6, 2012
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego softball team defeated Maine 7-4 on Tuesday afternoon at the San Diego State Softball Stadium. The Toreros' seven-game winning streak is their longest since the 2005 season and their seven runs scored on the day tied for the most in a game this season.
USD got home runs from Jessica Tieszen and Kylie Crawford as well as a complete game from Kaitlin Healy, her first of the season. Chloe Kaneko was 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored for the Toreros, while Tieszen added two RBI with her second long ball of the year. Taylor Hensley and Lauren Tomey each knocked in a run.
The Torero offense got started early, taking advantage of two Maine errors to push across a pair of runs in the bottom of the first. Kaneko ripped a triple to center field that scored leadoff hitter Morgan Kurtz to put USD up 1-0. Then, Hensley lifted a high fly ball to left field that Maine left fielder Dagmar Ralphs misplayed, allowing Hensley to advance to second and Kaneko to score, giving the Toreros a 2-0 advantage.
Maine (4-10) answered in the next half inning when leadoff hitter Jean Stevens scored on an illegal pitch from Healy, making it 2-1, USD.
The Toreros (10-6) added to their lead in the bottom of the third with Tieszen's two-run shot over the left center wall that brought home Kurtz. Later that inning Tomey blasted a triple to right center that plated pinch-runner Julianne Kendrick from second base and gave USD a 5-1 lead.
USD struck again in the bottom of the sixth as Crawford cracked a pinch-hit solo home run that cleared the left center field wall for her first collegiate long ball. With two outs in the inning and the bases loaded, Kaneko hit a ground ball deep in the six hole that allowed all runners to advance and brought home Mickell Escobar, putting the Toreros up 7-1.
Maine managed to pick up three runs in the top of the seventh by taking advantage of back-to-back USD fielding errors. With two outs, Kristen Koslosky scored after Tieszen dropped a pop up behind second base. During the next at bat, Jennifer Eberhardt came around to score on a wild pitch from Healy that sailed back to the screen, cutting the Torero lead to 7-3. An error by shortstop Kylie Ordos allowed the inning to continue with two outs before Brynne Davis scored the final Maine run on another wild pitch from Healy.
With runners on second and third, Healy was able to get Jenny MacDowell to ground out with a tapper back to the circle that ended the game. Healy (2-0) picked up the win with her 7.0 innings of work where she allowed four runs, one of which was earned, on four hits while striking out one and walking six. Beth Spoehr (1-2) took the loss for the Black Bears after going 5.2 innings, allowing seven runs on six hits with two strikeouts.
USD travels to Reno, Nev. this weekend for five games in the Nevada Classic. The Toreros will play Wisconsin at 10:30 am on Friday, Mar. 9th, followed by a 12:45 pm contest against host Nevada to round out the day one double header.
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