March 12, 2013
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego softball team faced the Iona Gaels on Tuesday evening on a neutral field at San Diego State's Aztec Softball Stadium and posted a 10-4 win to break out of a recent offensive slump.
USD (10-12) got things started in the bottom of the first when Chloe Kaneko ripped a double down the left field line that scored leadoff hitter Dana Prelsnik. Morgan Kurtz then scored from third on the next pitch thanks to an illegal pitch. The
Toreros didn't stop there as Mary Grabowski drove in a run with a sacrifice fly to right, followed by an RBI single up the middle by Kylie Ordos that gave USD a 4-0 advantage after the first frame.
The Toreros put together another big inning in the bottom of the second with another four-spot. USD got RBI singles from Kurtz and Tomey along with an RBI double by Kaneko and two Iona fielding errors that helped extend the inning.
Iona (4-10) got on the board in the top of the fourth with a two-run home run to left by Christine Costello that cut the USD lead to 8-2.
The Gaels picked up another two runs in the next inning when a would-be inning-ending ground ball to Ordos at shortstop was lost in the sun on the throw across by
USD first baseman Kylie Crawford, resulting in both baserunners coming around to score.
USD answered with an RBI single by Tatum Schultz up the middle that scored Ordos and put USD up 9-4. The Toreros then added one more in the bottom of the sixth with a one-out bases-loaded groundout by Mickell Escobar that scored Crawford from third.
Coleman (6-5) picked up the complete-game win for USD, allowing four runs (2 ER) on five hits, while striking out a season-high 12 and walking two.
USD's first three hitters in the lineup, Prelsnik (2-for-2, 2 R), Kurtz (2-for-4, RBI, 2 R) and Kaneko (2-for-3, 2 RBI, R) each registered multi-hit games on the night.
The Toreros return to action on Friday, Mar. 15 when they play Buffalo at 4:30 pm in the first game of the San Diego Classic II at the Santee Sportsplex.