Tuesday, April 3, 2007
By Bob Heller
Rachel Morgan and Laura Flint pitched complete games and Megan Trimble recorded her 100th career hit as both pitching and hitting came together yesterday afternoon for the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia's softball team. The Devils snapped an eight-game losing streak with a doubleheader sweep of Goldey Beacom College, 10-2, and 9-2 in Wilmington, Delaware.
The two wins were the Devils first Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference wins this season and improve their conference record to 2-4. The wins also break an 18-game conference losing streak dating back to last season. USP improves to 5-13 overall. Goldey Beacom falls to 1-19 overall and 0-8 in league play.
Morgan (Fr., Clackamas HS/Clackamas, Ore.) (1-2) pitched the opener and earned her first collegiate win, allowing just two runs on four hits while striking out seven. Flint (Sr., Interlake HS/Duvall, Wash.) improved her record to 3-5 on the season with a complete game performance in the nightcap, allowing two runs on seven hits while striking out five.
Trimble (Sr., Coatesville Area HS/Coatesville, Pa.) became just the fifth player in school history to reach 100 career hits with a single in the fifth inning of the second game, joining teammates Sarina Lavooy (Sr., Vernon Township HS/Sussex, N.J.) (138 and USP's all-time leader) and Samantha Lavooy (Sr., Vernon Township HS/Sussex, N.J.) (108), both of them reaching the mark last season; and Michelle Manship (125 hits from 1999-2002) and Heather Coyle (111 hits from 1996-2000). Trimble also had three RBI in the two games, giving her 10 for the season and 72 for her career, one behind all-time leader Carol Ann Bradford's 73 (set 1987-1990).
After giving up a two-run home run to Kendra Russell in the first inning of the opener, Morgan settled down, allowing just two hits the rest of the way, striking out four of the last six batters she faced as the USP offense banged out 14 hits to support the freshman hurler en route to the victory.
Brittany Brown (Fr., Cherokee HS/Marlton, N.J.) and Laura Hamilton (So., Cardinal O'Hara/Havertown, Pa.) singled to start the second inning. A walk to Annie Abbate (Fr., St. John Villa Academy/ Brooklyn, N.Y.) loaded the bases for Bethanne Bossert (Fr., St. Hubert’s HS/Philadelphia, Pa.) who singled to drive in two runs and tie the game at 2-2. After Sarina Lavooy struck out, Shannon Roth (Jr., Cumberland Valley HS/Mechanicsburg, Pa.) reached on an infield error to score Abbate. Trimble then singled to score Bossert with the fourth run of the inning. USP added an unearned run in the third inning before striking for three more runs in the top of the fourth.
Carolynn Snavely's (Jr., Prescott HS/ Prescott, Ariz.) double scored Trimble who had walked to lead off the inning. Mia Crotti (Fr., Valley View HS/Jessup, Pa.) followed with a triple to score Snavely and Brown singled to score Crotti to make the score 8-2. One inning later, Crotti had her second extra-base hit of the game, a two-out double to drive in Snavely with the ninth USP run. Snavely added her second double of the game in the Devils seventh inning, to drive in Samantha Lavooy with the tenth and final USP run. Trimble finished the game with three hits while Sarina Lavooy, Snavely, Crotti and Brown each had two to help pace the Devils 14-hit attack.
The Devils staked Flint to a 4-0 lead in the nightcap, scoring twice in the first and twice in the third. In the first Sarina Lavooy blasted a shot off the outstretched glove of rightfielder Jenny Reager which fell for a two-base error. Trimble later reached on an error and Lavooy scored on Ashley Schappell's (Sr., Parkland HS/Schnecksville, Pa.) groundout. Trimble then scored on Brittany Ebersole's (So., Cumberland Valley HS/Camp Hill, Pa.) single. In the third, Trimble's one-out double scored Morgan who had just gotten a single for her first collegiate hit. Schappell followed with an RBI single to score Trimble and make the score 4-0.
The Lightning struck for two runs in the bottom of the third inning as Russell led off the inning with a double. Kelly Halfin then doubled to score Russell and later scored herself on a sacrifice by Kim Narkowicz to make the score 4-2. The score remained 4-2 until the fifth inning when the Devils struck for four more runs to blow the game open.
Pinch hitter Ashlee Trupp (So., Daniel Boone HS/Birdsboro, Pa.) singled to start the inning and advanced to second on a Morgan sacrifice. Trimble followed with a single to score Trupp. Schappell and Ebersole added singles to load the bases. Danielle Czajka (Jr., Garnet Valley HS/Glen Mills, Pa.) then hit into a fielder's choice to drive in Trimble. Michelle Stringer (Sr., Cumberland Valley HS (Pa.)/Cape Carteret, N.C.) followed with a double to score Czajka and Ebersole to make the score 8-2. The Devils got their final run in the sixth inning when Samantha Lavooy led off the inning with her second home run of the season, a shot down the right field line.
The Devils return to action on Wednesday, April 4, 2007 when the host Columbia Union College in a non-conference matchup at McNeill Field, starting at 3:00 p.m. Nyack College comes into town on Thursday, April 5, 2007 for a doubleheader starting at 3:00 p.m. and the Devils close out the week with a doubleheader against Felician College at McNeill field on Saturday, April 7, 2007 starting at noon.