Softball Falls Twice Tuesday in Myrtle Beach

Softball Falls Twice Tuesday in Myrtle Beach

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - The University of Saint Joseph softball team fell twice in a split doubleheader on Tuesday in its fourth day of action at the 2018 Fastpitch Dreams Spring Classic at the North Myrtle Beach Sports Complex. The Blue Jays were doubled up, 10-5, in the opening game by the Gettysburg College Bullets before suffering an 11-1 setback to the Emory & Henry Wasps in the second game. Sophomore Amaria Sharon (Tolland, Conn.) led USJ going 3-for-6 on the day with three RBI.

THE BASICS
Game 1
Score: University of Saint Joseph - 5, Gettysburg College - 10
Records: USJ (2-4), GC (1-4)
Location: Myrtle Beach, S.C. - NMB Sports Complex Field #5
Date: Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Game 2
Score: University of Saint Joseph - 1, Emory & Henry College - 11
Records: USJ (2-5), E&H (10-2)
Location: Myrtle Beach, S.C. - NMB Sports Complex Field #5
Date: Tuesday, March 13, 2018

HOW IT HAPPENED

Game 1
Gettysburg's sophomore pitcher McKenzie Somers (Littlestown, Pa.) came on in relief after two innings and stymied the Blue Jays' offense which allowed the Bullets to score five runs over the second half of the game to secure a 10-5 victory in the opening game for USJ.

The first two innings proved to be a back and forth affair. The Bullets opened the top of the first with a pair of runs to jump out to an early 2-0 lead. A walk, single and error loaded the bases to start the game and then back to back RBI groundouts accounted for the early Gettysburg lead.

USJ would punch right back and tie the game, 2-2, in the bottom half of its opening frame. After a leadoff triple by junior Morgan Skoly (Vernon, Conn.) to get things started, freshman Michelle Woodruff (Southington, Conn.) drove her in with a single to shortstop. Sharon continued to stay hot at the plate and followed with an RBI triple to right-center to tie the game, but GC's starting pitcher senior Aileen Reilly (Huntington Station, N.Y.) stranded Sharon at third to keep the game deadlocked.

The Bullets answered right back in the top of the second with three more runs to take a 5-2 advantage. A costly USJ throwing error with two outs pushed across the first run and extended the inning. The Bullets took advantage and junior Meredith Taylor (Hamilton, N.J.) followed with a two-RBI double to center to make it 5-2.

The Blue Jays answered once again in the bottom half of the inning with two more runs. After a walk, sacrifice bunt, and single by Skoly to put runners on the corners, a wild pitch allowed the first run of the inning and moved Skoly into scoring position. Two batters later Sharon would drive in her second RBI of the game with a single to right field and trim USJ's deficit to 5-4.

However, Somers came on in relief of Reilly in the third inning for the Bullets and would blank USJ for the next four innings, while GC plated a run in the fourth, two in the fifth and two more in the seventh to extend its lead to 10-4. A two-out RBI single by freshman Alessandra Milardo (Plantsville, Conn.) in the bottom of the seventh accounted for the 10-5 final.

Game 2
The Blue Jays were held to just a pair of hits and the Emory & Henry Wasps put up a seven spot in the top of the fifth to claim an 11-1 victory in five innings in the second game of the day.

The Wasps wasted little time getting on the scoreboard with three runs in the top of the first inning. Three straight hits by E&H to start the game built a 2-0 lead and then a two-out double three batters later by sophomore Courtney Herron (Roanoke Va.) pushed across the third run of the inning to make it 3-0.

E&H would make it 4-0 in the second inning after an RBI double from freshman Kendall Varner (Bassett, Va.) before the Blue Jays got on the board in the bottom of the third. Woodruff singled with two outs to keep the inning alive and bring up Sharon who blasted an RBI double to left-center to pull within 4-1 and mark her third RBI of the day.

That was all the offense the Blue Jays could muster though off Wasps' freshman starting pitcher Cameron Derr (Cornelius, N.C.) and E&H broke through in the top of the fifth inning with seven runs to shorten the game to five innings. A two-RBI single by freshman Allyson Steadman (Kingsport, Tenn.) and a three-RBI double from Varner accounted for most of the damage in the inning as the Wasps walked away with the 11-1 win.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

Game 1

  • Skoly and Sharon each finished with multi-hit games with a triple. Skoly scored a pair of runs while Sharon drove in a pair.
  • Woodruff finished 1-for-3 at the plate with a run scored and an RBI and Milardo went 1-for-2 with an RBI and walked twice.
  • Sharon was dealt the loss inside the circle and falls to 0-4 on the season after firing a complete game and allowing 10 runs (five earned) while striking out four.
  • Somers earned the win coming on in relief and pitching the final five innings. She allowed one earned run and struck out three.

Game 2

  • Woodruff and Sharon were the only Blue Jays to pick up hits in the second game and Sharon drove in the lone RBI.
  • Milardo suffered the first loss of her career inside the circle allowing 11 runs in a complete game effort. She struck out one and moves to 2-1 on the year.
  • Derr struck out six in a complete game two-hitter. She remains undefeated on the year and improves to 5-0.
  • Varner paced the Wasps' offense finishing 3-for-4 with five RBI and a run scored.

UP NEXT
The USJ softball team will be back in action next with two more games on Wednesday at the 2018 Fastpitch Dreams Spring Classic. They square off with Spalding first at 9:30 a.m. before taking on Bay Path at 11:30 a.m.