Softball News & Highlights
April 17, 2014
Bulldogs Slip Past Eagles
The Eagles fell 1-0 and 4-3 to the Bulldogs.
DeSales' pitcher DJ McCauley earned the win in both games pitched. McCauley held the Eagles to three hits in the game one complete game shutout and struck out nine. In game two, the Eagles did a better job of getting after McCauley, recording 11 hits off her and only striking out three times. The Eagles chased McCauley off the mound with one out in the top of the seventh, but DeSales' Brittany Wilson came in and ended the rally to earn the save.
Eastern pitcher Alyssa Welsh scattered seven hits in game one and allowed the game's only run on a two-out single in the fourth inning. Welsh remained the starting pitcher for game two as the Eagles' pitching staff is short-handed with pitchers Kristen Waters and Erica Pyla-Gibson still sidelined with injuries.
After pitching solidly in the previous game, Welsh was tagged for a home run by DeSales' leadoff batter. The Bulldogs scored four runs with no one out in the first. Haleigh Williams moved from first base to pitcher and got out of the inning without anymore damage done thanks in part to an inning-ending groundball double play. Williams went on to pitch six total scoreless innings while allowing just two hits and striking out three.
The Eagles outhit the Bulldogs 11-7 in game two, but didn't score their first run until the top of the sixth when Welsh singled up the middle to score Kasey Williams. Welsh batted 2-for-3 in game two. Michelle Stehman, Ashton Tomlinson and Kasey Williams also had two hits each.
Kasey Williams batted in Kelsey Clever from third with an RBI single up the middle in the top of the seventh. Emily Houck made it a 4-3 game with an RBI fielder's choice, but the Eagles couldn't keep the inning alive and the rally fell a run short.
Eastern is planning on playing a make-up non-conference game against Alvernia University on Monday. That time is still to be determined.
Updated: Thursday, 17 April 2014