March 16, 2013
SANTEE, Calif. - The University of San Diego softball team found the clutch hits when they needed them en route to winning a pair of contests at the San Diego Classic II on Sunday afternoon at the Santee Sportsplex. USD (13-12) rallied back to defeat Marist 3-2 in eight innings in game one, before notching a 5-1 victory over Bryant University in the second game of the doubleheader.
Marist (6-5) struck first in game one when they pushed across a pair of runs in the bottom of the second on two RBI singles to take an early 2-0 lead.
USD got off to a slow start with the bats but finally got on the board in the top of the fifth when Kylie Ordos led off the inning with an infield single and took advantage of a passed ball to get to second. She was then driven in with a sharp single to center by Charly Swanberg that cut the Marist lead to 2-1.
Cassidy Coleman (7-5) kept the Marist offense in check after the second inning as the Toreros gradually chipped away with baserunners.
With two outs and Ordos on third in the top of the seventh, Tatum Schultz slapped a solid single through the left side that brought Ordos home to tie the game at 2-2.
Heading into extra innings, the Toreros kept the clutch hitting going in the top of the eighth when Caitlin Rooney delivered the go-ahead run with an RBI single to right field that scored Dana Prelsnik and gave USD a 3-2 advantage. Prelsnik had started the inning by reaching on a fielding error by the Marist first baseman. Later in the inning, the Marist left fielder dropped a ball on the transfer, allowing Prelsnik to advance to third, where she was then knocked in by Rooney.
Marist got a runner to second in the bottom of the eighth but Coleman was able to end the threat and close out the game with a flyout to left field.
Coleman's complete-game win featured a season-high 13 strikeouts, one shy of her career high and the fifth time this season she has registered double-digit strikeouts. She allowed two runs on five hits with six walks.
Lauren Tomey was 2-for-3 to record her sixth multi-hit game in her last seven contests.
In game two, the Toreros got started with a bases-loaded infield single from Schultz in the top of the second to take a 1-0 lead.
Bryant (4-8) evened it up in the bottom of the third when a throwing error by Kyle Ordos allowed a run to score from third with two outs.
It remained 1-1 until the top of the fifth when USD put up three runs to move ahead 4-1. Rooney drove in a run with a line drive base hit into left center, followed by a bunt with runners on first and third and one out by Ordos that brought Kylie McNutt home from third. Danielle Mavridis added the final run of the inning when she ripped a two-out single to right field that scored Ordos. That would end up being all the offense the Toreros would need.
Jenny Lahitte (5-7) took advantage of the chance at redemption against Bryant after taking the loss in a 1-0 defeat a week ago at USD. Lahitte had a no-hitter going until the bottom of the fifth when a blooper dropped in no-man's land behind the pitching circle. Nonetheless, Lahitte threw 6.0 strong innings, allowing just one unearned run on two hits while striking out seven and walking two to pick up the win.
Grace Hernandez came on in the bottom of the seventh to close out the game with a 1-2-3 inning.
Rooney (3-for-3, RBI, R) led the way for the Toreros offensively, while Ordos (2-for-4, RBI, R) and Schultz (2-for-3, RBI, R) each collected a pair of hits.
The Toreros close out play at the San Diego Classic II on Sunday with a doubleheader versus Fairfield (11:30 am) and Harvard (2 pm).
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