Blue Hen Softball Sweeps Doubleheader From Saint Peterís, 4-1 and 3-2, in Home Finale
NEWARK, Del. -- The University of Delaware softball team received complete game efforts from pitchers Kelly Lupton and Carolyn Szymanski as the Blue Hens wrapped up their home schedule by sweeping a doubleheader from Saint Peter’s, 4-1 and 3-2, Wednesday afternoon at the UD Softball Stadium.
Delaware, which improved to 23-22 following the pair of wins, struck first in the opener by scoring three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Sarah Bencivenga singled home Jessica Grisler to open the scoring, while Lisa Stacevicz followed with a two-run single to rightcenter as the Blue Hens went up 3-0.
The Peacocks, who fell to 10-34 on the year, scored their only run during the top of the fourth as Amber Velasquez led off with a walk and eventually scored on a single up the middle by Erica Colon. However the Blue Hens got the run back in the bottom of the sixth when Gabby Klecko worked a one-out walk, stole second, and scored when Giovanna Kolofer drilled a single to leftcenter.
Saint Peter’s brought the tying run to the plate in the top of the seventh, but Lupton struck out Kristen Kaneyuki and got Taylor Corretjer to ground out to shortstop to end the game.
Lupton (at left) improved to 7-7 on the year after she allowed just one run on three hits with seven strikeouts, while Peacocks pitcher Tori Feorenzo was charged with four runs on eight hits as she fell to 0-6 on the season.
Klecko (below right) finished 2 for 3 with two runs scored and a walk for the Blue Hens, while Michelle McKinnon added a pair of hits.
Saint Peter’s scored a run without a hit in the first inning of the nightcap, as Velasquez led off the game with a walk and scored on a sacrifice fly by Nicole Olmedo. Delaware evened the game in the second when Danielle Wissinger singled home Bencivenga, and took the lead for good with a pair of runs in the fourth.
Bencivenga and Stacevicz opened the frame with singles, and following a sacrifice bunt and a strikeout, Bencivenga scored on a wild pitch. Wissinger then laced another RBI single to left, chasing home Stacevicz to make it a 3-1 game.
The Peacocks got a run back in the fifth when Olmedo doubled home Velasquez and had runners on second and third with one out in the sixth, but Szymanski worked out of the jam to hold on for the win.
Szymanski moved to 12-11 after giving up two runs, one earned, on three hits while striking out seven batters during the complete game effort. Colon dropped to 5-16 as she was charged with three runs, two earned, on six hits.
Wissinger and Bencivenga each had two hits during the win, with Wissinger driving home a pair and Bencivenga scoring twice.
Delaware wraps up its 2014 regular season this weekend with a three-game series at CAA leader James Madison. The Blue Hens need to win at least one game in Harrisonburg to remain in contention for a berth in the CAA Tournament.