March 16, 2014
USD-Fairleigh Dickinson Box Score
SAN DIEGO, Calif. -
The Torero Softball team (14-11) split two games in the final day of the USD Tournament. After losing to Fairleigh Dickinson 3-2, they bounced back to cruise past Seattle 9-0. The Toreros have now won 10 of their past 11 games, after starting the season 4-10.
In game one, the Toreros grabbed a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning with some small ball. Dana Prelsnik drew a leadoff walk and advanced to second when Tatum Schultz grounded out to the pitcher. Two batters later Mary Grabowski hit a single up the middle to bring Prelsnik home.
USD added to their lead in the third inning. After Schultz singled through the left side, Mary Grabowski and Olivia Sandusky walked to load the bases. Danielle Mavridis hit a grounder to the pitcher and the Knights threw to home and then first in attempt to double up USD. However, their first baseman couldn't corral the throw and it skipped into the outfield, allowing Grabowski to score to give USD a 2-0 lead.
The Knights cut into the USD lead in the top of the fourth when Cindy Zamudio launched a solo home run to left field, their first hit of the game. They would tie the game at 2-2 in the top of the sixth with a RBI single to center.
Jenny Lahitte allowed two runs on three hits in six innings and was lifted for Cassidy Coleman in the seventh inning, who quickly found herself in hot water. After striking out the leadoff batter, the next three Knights reached base to load the bases. Angelique Nieves hit a blooper to left center to bring home the go ahead run.
The Toreros had opportunities late in the game, putting runners on second and third with just one out in both the sixth and seventh inning, but failed to come up with the clutch hit.
Seattle's Megan Reiner (5-2) earned the win, holding USD to one earned run, while stranding ten runners on base. Coleman was saddled with the loss after allowing three hits and the game-winning run, but bounced back with a strong performance against Seattle in game two.
The Toreros bats got off to a hot start in the second game, batting around in the first inning. After leadoff batter Dana Prelsnik struck out, the next seven Torero batters reached base. Tatum Schultz started it off when she was hit by an Alyssa Reuble pitch. She was advanced to third when Chloe Kaneko doubled. Mary Grabowski knocked Schultz in with a single to right field. Kaneko came around to score after an Olivia Sandusky grounder went between the legs of the Redhawks' second baseman. Grabowski and Sandusky both would eventually come around to score on RBI singles by Caitlin Rooney and Danielle Mavridis to put USD up 4-0.
The Toreros added two more the following inning when Rooney knocked home Kaneko and Sandusky with a double, extending their lead to 6-0.
After being held scoreless in the third, the USD offense was back at it in the fourth, scoring three more runs. With runners on second and third, Olivia Sandusky hit a two run double. She would come around to score two batters later when freshman Kelly Cobb registered her first collegiate RBI.
Coleman (6-5) earned the win, throwing a two hit shutout, striking out ten batters in just five innings. For the week Coleman went 3-1 with a 1.27 ERA and struck out 34 batters in 22 innings pitched.
The Toreros will host Dartmouth on Wednesday before hosting another tournament on Saturday and Sunday.