Blue Hens Fall To No. 13 UCLA, Defeat Hampton To Wrap Up Play at Oceanic Time Warner Cable Paradise Classic
HONOLULU, O’ahu -- The University of Delaware softball team fell to No. 13 UCLA, 7-0 in the semifinals of the Oceanic Time Warner Cable Paradise Classic on Saturday before rebounding with a 5-2 victory over Hampton in the consolation game as the Blue Hens wrapped up play at the season-opening tournament.
In the semifinal contest, UCLA (4-0) took the early lead in the bottom of the first inning when Delaney Spaulding legged out an infield single before Stephany LaRosa blasted a two-run homer to leftfield.
Mysha Satarka added a three-run blast in the third inning to put the Bruins up by five runs, while an RBI double by Gracie Goulder and a run-scoring single by LaRosa the following frame closed out the scoring.
UCLA pitcher Jessica Hall would make the lead stand up, as she allowed only a single to Blue Hen senior Brittney Noons in the top of the sixth inning. Hall struck out nine batters and walked just one, improving to 2-0 with the complete game victory.
Delaware starter Carolyn Szymanski dropped to 0-3 after she allowed five earned runs in 2.2 innings, while Taylor Curran was charged with two runs in an inning of work. Kelly Lupton finished the game in the circle for UD by tossing 2.1 frames of scoreless relief.
The Blue Hens fell behind again during the consolation game, as Hampton (1-4) pushed across a pair of runs in the bottom of the second inning on an RBI single by Raenelle Taylor and a bases loaded walk to Diamond Ponds.
However Delaware (1-4), which had scored just two runs in the tournament up to that point, erupted for four in the top of the third to take the lead for good. After the Blue Hens loaded the bases with two outs, Heather Oakley ripped a bases loaded single up the middle, driving home Jessica Grisler and Shelby Jones.
Sarah Bencivenga then drilled a triple to rightfield, allowing Lisa Stacevicz and Oakley to cross the plate and give Delaware a 4-2 cushion. The Blue Hens added an insurance run during the top of the sixth when Noons blasted a solo home run, the third longball of her career.
Meanwhile after allowing the two early runs, Szymanski settled down to toss five scoreless innings and earn the first victory of her Blue Hen career. Jailynn Jackson went the distance for the Pirates, giving up five earned runs on six hits.
Delaware returns to action next weekend when the Blue Hens play four games at the UCF/Holiday Inn Classic in Orlando, Fla.