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Wilmington Snaps Devils Win Streak

Sunday, April 18, 2004

By Bob Heller
USIP Sports Information Director

The USP women's softball team had their four game winning streak snapped by Wilmington College yesterday as the Wildcats swept their doubleheader, 8-0 and 11-10 in 11 innings.

In the opener, Wilmington scored three times in the first and made it stand up for the rest of the game en route to an 8-0 win, ending USP's winning streak at four.

It was of the same in the nightcap as the Wildcats struck first with three in the first to take a 3-0 lead. The Devils got two back in their half of the third on Samantha Lavooy's two-out two-run double, scoring Chrissy Stirrat (walk) and Megan Trimble (single) to trail 3-2.

Wilmington boosted the lead back up to three runs, 5-2 with a pair of runs in the bottom of the third before Trimble pulled the Devils within two 5-3 with a solo home run, her 15th of the season, in the fifth. Wilmington countered with a run in their half of the fifth to make the score 6-3. The Devils rallied to tie the score in the top of the sixth with three runs. Trimble's two out single brought home Sarina Lavooy and Tracy Worman with Trimble later scoring on an error.

The score remained 6-6 through the end of regulation, forcing extra innings. USP scored a run in the top of the ninth as Kristina Kelly came home on an error to make the score 7-6. Wilmington tied it right back up in the bottom of the ninth, sending the game to the 10th inning.

USP took a two run lead, 9-7 as Worm,an doubled home Chrissy Stirrat and Sarina Lavooy. Again, Wilmington tied the game up as play continued on into the 11th inning. For the third straight inning the devils scored to take a lead. With Kelly on second in accordance with the international tiebreaker rule to start the inning, Ashley Schappell sacrificed her to third and Amy Nguyen drove her home with a single, making the score 10-9. The devils proceeded to load the bases but were unable to put any more runs across as the game went to the bottom of the 11th.

Wilmington tied the game at 10-10 and had the bases loaded with nobody out before the devils got their first out, a force at home. The Wildcats then scored the winning run as Stirrat misplayed the hit ball allowing the Wilmington runner to score from third, making the final score 11-10.

USP is now 11-14 overall and 5-8 in CACC games.

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