Softball News & Highlights
March 05, 2013
Eagles Take Two In Myrtle Beach
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.--Eastern Softball bounced back from two losses on Monday to take both games on Tuesday. The Eagles allowed just one run Tuesday as they defeated York College 5-1 and then Cabrini College 5-0.
Eastern's Janelle Fair pitched both games for the Eagles. In the opener, she struck out six York batters and allowed just five hits, walking none. In the shutout win over Cabrini, Fair pitched an even better game, striking out eight batters and allowing three hits and a walk.
From the plate Tuesday, Fair hit 3-for-5, including a two-run home run to center in the first inning of the game against York.
Coach Brittany Stroop said that she thought Fair's home run sparked the Eagles' hitting for the rest of the day. The Eagles tallied 10 hits against York and seven against Cabrini. The bottom of Eastern's lineup picked up seven hits Tuesday, a day after going hitless. Coach Stroop commented that the batters looked more comfortable Tuesday. She said that they didn't all need to hit a monster home run like Fair, but they did all have a responsibility to fill, whether that was getting a two-out hit, stealing a base or advancing the runner by putting a bunt in play.
In the 9 a.m. game against York, Eastern fell behind on an unearned run in the top of the first but gained the 2-1 lead with Fair's bomb to center field. In the second, Eastern picked up two more runs with Kasey Williams lining an RBI-double to left center. Williams batted 4-for-8 Tuesday. Two batters later, Fair hit an RBI-single to plate Williams.
The Eagles scored their fifth run in the fifth inning when second baseman Jessica Figueroa poked a single into left to score Ashley Siegman from third.
In the 11 a.m. game, both Eastern and Cabrini went three scoreless innings. Williams started the fourth with a single and proceeded to steal second. Emily Houck singled to advance Williams to third and Fair, batting cleanup, sent a ball into left that scored Williams to put Eastern up 1-0. The Eagles earned another leadoff hit in the fifth, with catcher Erin Johnson doubling to the fence in left. The Eagles then flashed their small ball skills. Kaley Snyder pinch ran for Johnson and stole third. Jessica Figueroa put a ground ball out deep enough to second to score Snyder from third.
Eastern added three more runs in the sixth. After Fair and Katelyn Donald reached to lead off the inning, Ashley Siegman brought them both home with a triple down the right field line. Ariel Polanco entered the game for her first career at bat. She plated Siegman with a ground out for the final margin.
The Eagles continue spring break play Wednesday with a 9 a.m. game against Ursinus College and an 11 a.m. matchup with PSU-Hazleton.
Updated: Tuesday, 05 March 2013