March 22, 2013
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The Torero softball squad opened up Pacific Coast Softball Conference play on Friday afternoon by dropping both games of their doubleheader with BYU at the USD Softball Complex.
BYU (12-15, 2-0) got on the board first in game one when they plated a run in the top of the second on a comebacker that USD pitcher Jenny Lahitte threw past first base, allowing a BYU runner to score from first.
The Cougars added another run in the top of the third with an RBI double that was lined to center, just glancing off the outstretched glove of USD center fielder Dana Prelsnik, giving BYU a 2-0 lead.
In the top of the fifth, BYU increased their lead to 4-0 with the help of an RBI double and a wild pitch by Lahitte.
The Toreros (15-14, 0-2) finally got on the board when Mary Grabowski came through with a two-out, two-strike pinch-hit RBI single in the bottom of the fifth to cut the BYU lead to 4-1.
BYU tacked on four more runs in the top half of the sixth, highlighted by a controversial play that scored two runs for the Cougars. With two outs and runners on second and third, JC Clayton tapped a slow roller toward USD third baseman Tatum Schultz, who had no play at first so she tried to flip the ball home but it was not in time to get the charging BYU runner, who it appeared did not touch home. Amid the confusion, Clayton took off for second, which allowed another BYU runner to score from third on the throw down to second.
USD was unable to capitalize off opportunities, as they got runners in scoring position in four different innings. However, Danielle Mavridis notched two doubles en route to a 2-for-3 game at the plate, while Caitlin Rooney (2-for-3) also registered two hits in game one.
Lahitte (6-8) threw 5.2 innings in the loss, allowing 11 hits and eight runs, but only two of them were earned. Grace Hernandez came on in relief and threw 1.1 innings, giving up one run on two hits.
In game two, things started out shaky for the Toreros as two errors within the first two at-bats allowed the Cougars to score a run. BYU added another later in the inning with an RBI double that put them up 2-0 after the first inning.
The USD offense finally got moving in the bottom of the fifth after Kylie Ordos led off the inning with a triple in the right-center gap. She was eventually brought home when Charly Swanberg lifted a sacrifice fly to right that brought Ordos home and cut the Cougar lead to 2-1.
Overall it was a quiet night offensively for both teams in game two. After the two-run first inning, Torero starter Cassidy Coleman kept BYU in check, only allowing two hits over the next six innings. Unfortunately, the Toreros were unable to come up with the big hits.
Coleman (8-6) took the loss, throwing 7.0 innings where she allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits, while striking out 10 and walking three.
The Toreros and Cougars wrap up the series on Saturday with a doubleheader beginning at 12 pm at the USD Softball Complex.