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Jessica Grisler went 2 for 2 with a walk and a run scored during Friday's 5-1 win over St. John's.
Courtesy: Mark Campbell

Blue Hen Softball Defeats St. Johnís, 5-1, in Home Opener Behind Strong Effort From Szymanski

Courtesy: Delaware Athletics
Release: 03/14/2014
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NEWARK, Del. -- Blue Hen freshman Carolyn Szymanski allowed just two hits during a complete game victory as the University of Delaware softball team opened the UD Spring Invitational with a 5-1 victory over St. John’s Friday afternoon.

The Blue Hens, who improved to 7-10 on the season, struck first by scoring three runs in the bottom of the third inning. Jessica Grisler opened the frame with a walk, and after she moved to second on a sacrifice bunt, she went to third on a single by Sarah Bencivenga and crossed the plate on an errant throw to the plate by Red Storm leftfielder Yvonne Rericha.

Bencivenga then scored on a wild pickoff throw to first by St. John’s catcher Erin Burner, while Lisa Stacevicz singled home pinch runner Morgan Schroll to cap the inning.

The Red Storm (8-13) got on the board during the top of the fourth inning when pinch hitter Kaitlyn Wilkens worked a bases loaded walk, but the Blue Hens got the run right back in the bottom half as Gabby Klecko led off with a bunt single and eventually scored on a single by Danielle Wissinger.

Delaware tacked on its final run of the game in the fifth when Giovanna Kolofer laced a leadoff single to rightcenter, stole third and scored on a passed ball.

Szymanski would make the lead stand up, allowing just the one run on two hits while striking out seven to improve to 4-6 on the season. Red Storm starter Tori Free dropped to 6-7 after she gave up three earned runs on three hits in three innings of work.

Grisler, Wissinger and Kolofer recorded two hits apiece to pace the nine-hit Blue Hen attack.

Delaware continues action at the invitational on Saturday when the Blue Hens face Robert Morris at 9 a.m. and Cornell at 11:15 a.m.

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