Softball News & Highlights
May 05, 2012
Eagles Stopped at Manhattanville
Manhattanville broke the game open with a five-run fifth, but host squad controlled the action from the outset.
After a scoreless first inning, the Valiants took advantage of a wild pitch on a third strike. a stolen base, and a single to grab a 1-0 lead. The Valiants stretched the lead to 3-0 on back-to-back home runs in the third.
The Eagles, who because they came from the winner's bracket were the home team, finally broke into the scoring column on an RBI ground out from Jessica Baker in the bottom of the third. Tori Jacobson started the inning with a lead-off double down the line.
The Valiant fifth was capped by a three-run blast from Laura Montalto. The long ball turned out to be the Eagles' undoing for the championships as opponents hit three home runs in each of the contests.
Down 8-1, the Eagles loaded the bases in the fifth, but could not scratch. They again loaded the bags in the sixth, but even with three hits a walk and an error, they could only plate a pair of runs. Sam Terenzoni drove in the second run with a single after Tori Jacobson drove in a run with a long fly ball to right.
Jacobson entered the Championships on a tear, and the sophomore continued her strong hitting through the weekend. She was 6-for-8 with a pair of walks and six RBIs in the three games. The sophomore designated player drove in the Eagles' final run of the day with a sharp single up the middle in the seventh.
The Eagles had the tying run at the plate with two out in the seventh, but they ran out of outs for the comeback.
The Eagles, who qualified for the Freedom Championships for the first time in program history, finish the year at 21-21-1. Six seniors, Terenzoni, Jaime Schwartz, Jaclyn Gangemi, Louise Fox, Lori Wileczek, and Maggie McGowan all played a role in helping the Eagles to make that historic step forward.
Manhattanville advances to the Championship game against Misericordia.
Updated: Saturday, 05 May 2012