Delaware Tops Norfolk State, 13-4, Before Falling To Marist, 4-3, on First Day of NSU Spartan Classic
March 12, 2011
Bertie Lake photo by Chris Permar, Amanda Stacevicz photo by Mark Campbell
• Delaware-Norfolk State Boxscore
• Marist-Delaware Boxscore
NORFOLK, Va. -- The University of Delaware softball team defeated Norfolk State, 13-4, before falling to Marist, 4-3, on Saturday during the first day of the Norfolk State Spartan Classic.
In the Blue Hens’ opener, Delaware (4-10) put the game away by erupting for 11 runs during the top of the second inning. Gina Knutson led off with a single, and she was immediately driven home when Rachel Jones doubled to right field.
After Michelle McKinnon reached on a fielder’s choice, Bertie Lake (at right) reached on a Spartans error to load the bases. Samantha Pettie then walked to force home a run, while Jenny Richards followed with a two-run single to make it a 4-0 game.
After Delaware again loaded the bases Pettie crossed the plate on a wild pitch, and Amanda Stacevicz then drilled a single to center field to drive home two more runs.
Stacevicz came around to score when Knutson reached on an error, and one out later Bertie Lake capped the rally by blasting a three-run homer to left field, the first longball of her career.
In the fourth McKinnon worked a one-out walk, and she quickly advanced to third on a double to right center by Lake. Pettie then lofted a sacrifice fly to chase home McKinnon, while Lake then scored on a wild pitch to increase the UD lead to 13-0.
Norfolk State (3-10) got on the board in the fifth on RBI singles by Kathy Cortez and Casey Pomeroy. Jeanette Sauceda then doubled to right center to chase home two more before Stacevicz got Whitney Holland to ground out to end the game.
Stacevicz (at left) allowed four runs on nine hits while striking out three batters to improve to 3-3 on the season. Pomeroy, who started in the circle for Norfolk State, fell to 1-3 after giving up nine runs on six hits in 4.1 innings of work.
Lake led the Blue Hen offensive assault by going 2 for 3 with three RBI and three runs scored, while Richards finished 2 for 4 with a pair of RBI and a run scored.
Delaware then took on Marist, and the Red Foxes (4-7) jumped ahead by scoring two runs in the top of the first inning. UD starting pitcher Anne Marie Pagano retired the first two batters she faced, but then walked the next two batters. Haley Birnbaum then hit a ground ball to shortstop, but Michelle Grap could not make the play and Alyssa Zahka scored the first run of the contest. Then after Danielle Koltz singled to load the bases, Pagano hit Aly Klemmer with a pitch to force home a run.
In the second inning Caitlin Schell led off by reaching on an error by Jones at first base, and she immediately moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Ashley Corriss. Megan Lamoureux then singled up the middle, and Schell came around to score when Lara Andrews’ throw back in from center field was off the mark.
Zahka then hit a sacrifice fly to right field, chasing home Lamoureux to make it a 4-0 game.
The Red Foxes looked to increase their lead in the third, as Birnbaum led off with a single and Koltz followed with a double. But Kathleen Conway then replaced Pagano in the circle for Delaware and promptly struck out the side to keep UD’s deficit at four.
Delaware got on the board during the bottom of the fourth as Grap reached on an error by Birnbaum at third base, moved to second on a flyout by Andrews, and scored on a single to center field by Stacevicz.
Marist looked to get the run right back in the fifth when Birnbaum led off with a double, but Conway again struck out the side to escape the jam.
The Blue Hens drew closer in the sixth, as with two outs Andrews drilled a solo home run to left field and Stacevicz followed with a round-tripper to left center to make it a 4-3 game. Delaware again rallied with two outs in the bottom of the seventh when McKinnon and Brittney Noons each singled to right field to put runners on the corners. However Marist pitcher Emily Osterhaus got Richards to line out to third to end the game.
Osterhaus improved to 3-2 after allowing three runs, two earned, on six hits while striking out six. Pagano dropped to 1-4 after giving up four runs, none earned, on four hits in two innings while Conway was very impressive, allowing just three hits while striking out 10 in five innings of scoreless relief. Stacevicz led the UD offense by going 2 for 3 with two RBI.
Delaware concludes tournament play on Sunday when the Blue Hens face St. Francis (Pa.) at 1 p.m. and Maryland Eastern Shore at 3 p.m.Back To Softball Home Softball Story Archive