Softball News & Highlights
March 31, 2014
Eagles Win In Home Away From Home Series
After the weekend's rain left Eastern's field in worse shape than Cabrini's field, the decision was made to play the doubleheader at Cabrini with Eastern remaining as the home team.
Eagles' head coach Brittany Stroop was glad to get the game in, regardless of its location, after rainouts had kept the Eagles out of action for an entire week. Coach Stroop wanted to make sure that her team was ready for Tuesday's conference series. "I'm really happy we didn't waste a day inside," she said. "It really helps us to be able to see live pitching and go through real game situations.
The Cabrini Cavaliers felt right at home, even as the away team, to start the game. Leadoff batter Amber Dietrich cranked her fourth home run of the season to give Cabrini the 1-0 lead after one batter. "Their leadoff batter is a phenomenal hitter," Stroop said. "Alyssa (Welsh) didn't get away with that pitch, but she settled in and pitched well after that."
Welsh, after giving up the leadoff home run retired the next six batters in a row and didn't allow another hit until the top of the sixth when Dietrich picked up a leadoff single. Welsh picked up the game one win, throwing seven strong innings, stiking out nine batters while giving up two walks, four hits and three runs.
The Eagles matched Cabrini's solo shot with a home run by Kelsey Clever, her second of the year, in the bottom of the second. Clever's home run left the park in a hurry, a line drive to center field that was what Stroop called the lowest home run she'd ever seen.
The Eagles tallied two more runs in the third with RBIs by Emily Houck and Karlee Kerchersky. Clever then batted in Ashton Tomlinson and Kerchersky in the bottom of the fifth with an RBI-single to give Eastern the 6-1 lead. Kerchersky and Clever each had two hits in game one.
The Cavaliers tallied two runs in the top of the sixth, but Welsh got out of the inning with a strike out and she proceeded to mow the Cavs down 1-2-3 to end the seventh.
In game two, the Eagles fell behind 3-0 in the first inning, but responded with a run in the bottom of the first and second innings and then picked up three runs in the third. Welsh knocked in two of the runs in the third with a single up the middle to give Eastern the 4-3 lead. Welsh later scored on an error in the inning to make it 5-3.
The Eagles went up 6-3 in the fourth with a solo home run by Kasey Williams, her first this season. Eastern added an insurance run in the the sixth with a bases loaded walk by Tomlinson.
Cabrini, who hadn't scored since the first inning, scored twice in the bottom of the seventh, but Eastern's Erica Pyla-Gibson worked out of the jam to clinch the game for the Eagles.
Kristen Waters picked up the win for the Eagles, allowing three hits and no walks over five innings. Haleigh Williams tossed a scoreless sixth with one strikeout before Pyla-Gibson took over in the seventh.
Four Eagles had multiple hits in game two: Kasey Williams (2-for-4), Emily Houck (2-for-3), Ashton Tomlinson (3-for-3) and Kristen Waters (2-for-3).
Coach Stroop noted that the chemistry of her defense is starting to pick up. The Eagles went error-free in the doubleheader.
The Eagles improved to 9-8 with the wins. They host Misericordia University at 3 p.m. on Tuesday.
Updated: Monday, 29 November 1999