Delaware Loses to Monmouth, 14-6, and Norfolk State, 4-3, on Second Day of NSU Spartan Classic
NORFOLK, Va. – The University of Delaware softball team fell to Monmouth, 14-6, before dropping a 4-3 heartbreaker to Norfolk State as the Blue Hens wrapped up play at the NSU Spartan Classic on Sunday.
In Delaware’s first game of the day, the Mountain Hawks (3-1) took control early by scoring four runs in the top of the first inning. Christine Scherr led off with a homer, and after two more singles, Vanessa Cardoza delivered an RBI single to make it 2-0. Kathleen Conway then replaced UD starter Hannah Rust in the circle, allowing two more runs to score as Monmouth took a 4-0 advantage.
However Delaware (3-8) got right back in the game by pushing across three unearned runs during the bottom of the second. With runners on the corners and two out, Jess Grisler reached on an error by Monmouth centerfielder Chelsea Paprocki to allow Kaitlyn Breneman and Maggie Creciun to score, while Grisler then crossed the plate when Michelle McKinnon reached on an error by Scherr at second base.
The Mountain Hawks added a run in the top of the third on another RBI single by Cardoza, but the Blue Hens got the run right back in the bottom half as Gina Knutson led off with a walk and eventually scored on a single up the middle by Breneman.
However Monmouth would take command by scoring four runs in the fourth inning before adding a pair in the fifth. Scherr opened the fourth with her second home run of the game, while Kaitie Schumacher added a three-run shot to make it a 9-4 contest. Scherr then scored in the fifth on an error by Blue Hen rightfielder Rachel Jones, while Cardoza followed with an RBI double to increase the margin to nine.
The Mountain Hawks tacked on three more runs in the top of the seventh, before an RBI double by Creciun and a run-scoring single by Grisler accounted for Delaware’s two-run bottom of the frame.
Monmouth starter Lauren Sulick improved to 2-0 after allowing four runs, just one earned, on five hits in four innings of work, while Jordan Barnett picked up her third save as she was charged with two earned runs on five hits in the final three innings. Rust allowed four runs on five hits while not retiring a batter to fall to 2-2 on the year, while Conway gave up 10 runs, six earned, on 17 hits in 6.1 frames of relief.
Grisler, Jones (at right), Marisa Newman and Creciun each had two hits to lead the Blue Hen lineup.
In the Blue Hens’ second game, Norfolk State (2-4) opened the scoring with a run during the bottom of the second inning. Whitney Holland led off with a single up the middle, and after advancing to second on a sacrifice bunt by Whittni Gray, she came around to score when Nikki Jones doubled to rightfield.
The Spartans would maintain their one-run cushion until the top of the sixth, when Delaware scored twice to take the lead. With one out Lara Andrews singled to left, and after Knutson singled into leftfield, the runners advanced to second and third on a wild pitch. Jones then stroked a two-run single down the rightfield line, driving home both runners to put the Blue Hens on top.
Delaware added an insurance run in the seventh as Mary O’Reilly led off with a walk, moved to second on a wild pitch, advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Creciun, and scored on a single up the middle by Grisler.
However Norfolk State answered in the bottom of the seventh to pull out the victory. Haley Ward led off with a single to left, while a double to leftcenter by Gillian Giarrizzo put runners on second and third with nobody out. After UD pitcher Brianna Jennings walked Holland to load the bases, Gipsy Ramirez delivered a two-run double to centerfield to knot the game at 3-3. Gray then hit a groundball, but pinch runner Alina Moriarty beat the throw to the plate to give the Spartans the victory.
Norfolk State pitcher Jamie Schulle improved to 1-1 for the Spartans after allowing three earned runs on six hits with nine strikeouts, while Jennings dropped to 0-3 for the Blue Hens as she gave up four earned runs on seven hits with seven strikeouts.
Andrews and Knutson each finished with two hits to pace Delaware, while Jones knocked in a pair with her double.
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