Delaware Bats Canít Get Going as Hofstra Sweeps Softball Doubleheader From Blue Hens
NEWARK, Del. -- Hofstra University pitchers Morgan Lashley and Taylor Pirone limited the University of Delaware to just one run on the day as the Pride swept a Colonial Athletic Association softball doubleheader from the Blue Hens, 15-0 and 5-1, Saturday afternoon at the UD Softball Stadium.
The Pride, which improved to 25-11 overall and 7-4 in the CAA, scored in each of the first four innings while taking charge of the opener. Erin Trippi drove home Rachael Senatore with an RBI groundout in the top of the first, before a two-run single by Michaela Transue in the second gave Hofstra a three-run lead. The Pride then put the game away by scoring eight runs in the third, highlighted by a three-run homer from Caryn Bailey and a three-run triple by Kim Smith.
Trippi then doubled home a pair and later scored on a Becca Bigler double as Hofstra tacked on four runs in the top of the fourth.
The Blue Hens, who fell to 21-21 overall and 5-8 in league play, got an infield single from Giovanna Kolofer in the first and a single to right by Tori Conrad in the second. Lashley allowed just the two hits and did not walk a batter during her five-inning shutout, as she improved to 14-4 on the year. Blue Hen starter Carolyn Szymanski dropped to 11-10 after giving up three runs in an inning-plus, while Kiersten Coffman and Abby Cline fired two innings each in relief.
The second game remained scoreless until the top of the third inning, when the Pride pushed across four runs. Trippi doubled home the first run of the contest, before two runs scored on a single by Bigler. Smith then laced a double to right to chase home Bigler and make it a 4-0 game.
Delaware got on the board during the bottom of the fourth, as Sarah Bencivenga ripped a two-out double to center before scoring on a single to right by Lisa Stacevicz (at right). However the Pride added an insurance run in the sixth when Smith worked a bases loaded walk to close the scoring.
Pirone improved to 11-5 for Hofstra after she allowed one run on four hits while striking out four batters. Blue Hen starter Kelly Lupton gave up five earned runs on 10 hits, as she dropped to 6-7 on the year.
Delaware and Hofstra will conclude their three-game series with a 12 noon game on Sunday at the UD Softball Stadium. Blue Hen seniors Michelle McKinnon and Brittney Noons will be honored in a pregame ceremony.