Delaware Softball Cruises Past Canisius, 10-0 in Five Innings, Friday To Open Hampton Lady Pirate Classic
March 8, 2013
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HAMPTON, Va. -- The University of Delaware softball team erupted for 11 hits while freshman pitcher Kiersten Coffman fired a three-hit shutout as the Blue Hens opened play at the Hampton Lady Pirate Classic with an easy 10-0 victory in five innings over Canisius Friday morning.
Four Blue Hens posted two hits on the day, as Delaware scored in three separate innings while improving to 11-3 on the season. Lara Andrews (at right) finished 2 for 2 with a pair of runs scored, while Michelle McKinnon added two hits to go with two runs scored and an RBI. Marisa Newman scored twice and knocked home two, while Kaitlyn Breneman and Gabby Klecko each finished with two hits, an RBI and a run scored.
Canisius, which had its six-game winning streak snapped, could only muster three singles as the Golden Griffins fell to 7-2 on the season.
Delaware opened the scoring during the top of the first inning, as Andrews ripped a single to center and then scored on a triple to rightfield by McKinnon. Newman then followed with a sacrifice fly to right, driving home McKinnon to give the Blue Hens the early 2-0 lead.
UD then put the game away by pushing across six runs during the top of the third. Jessica Grisler led off with an infield single, and she later scored the first run of the frame when Newman reached on a fielder’s choice. A double by Breneman then chased home McKinnon, while Newman crossed the plate on an infield single by Klecko to make it a five-run game. Shelby Jones then reached on an error by Canisius shortstop Alexis Roman, as three runs scored on the play to put the Blue Hens in front by eight.
Delaware closed the scoring in the fourth, as after Andrews and Newman each singled, Tori Conrad delivered a two-run triple.
That would be plenty of support for Coffman, who gave up just three singles and no walks while striking out three as she improved to 5-0 during her rookie campaign. Amanda Baun took the loss for Canisius, allowing 10 runs, seven earned, on 11 hits in five innings of work as she dropped to 3-1 on the year.
The Blue Hens continue action at the Hampton Lady Pirate Classic on Saturday with an 8 a.m. game against Siena.
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