CSJ thrives offensively in split with Dean

CSJ thrives offensively in split with Dean

College of St. Joseph's softball team split a doubleheader against Dean College on Thursday, April 5 by way of a 16-11 victory and 7-6 defeat.

The Lady Saints came out strong in game one, recording four hits and five runs in the first inning alone. Arielys Rodriguez opened the game with a single. Rodriguez promptly stole second base and advanced to third when Vanessa Quigley reached first on an error by Dean's third baseman. Lena Tirotta stepped into the batter's box next and send a double to right field that allowed Rodriguez to tally the first run of the game.

With Tirotta on second base and Quigley on third, Sierra Jaeger came up with a single that dropped in right field and sent both Quigley and Tirotta home. Jaeger then stole second base and advanced to third on a passed ball. Shelby Fenton tallied a RBI when she grounded out to third and Jaeger raced across home plate to put CSJ ahead 4-0. The final run of the inning was a Timell Montgomery inside-the-park solo home run - her first of the year.

Alexis Portales of Dean matched Montgomery's play and put a run on the board for the Bulldogs in their first at bat of the game. The Saints fielded two ground outs and Jenna Crowley struck out the next batter to send the game to the second inning with the score at 5-1.

In the second frame, Rodriguez recorded her second single of the game to get on first base. Quigley reached base on a fielder's choice and Rodriguez advanced to second, third and then home thanks to errors by Dean's fielders. Quigley made it to third base in the process. Tirotta then grounded out to the pitcher, allowing Quigley to score an unearned run give CSJ a 7-1 advantage in the game. The Bulldogs did not record a hit nor a run in the bottom of the second.

The third inning saw Montgomery hit her second inside-the-park home run, and this time she recorded two RBI as Kali Drum had hit a single previous to her at bat. Melanie Rios-Nevarez also recorded an inside-the-park homer for the Bulldogs in the bottom of the inning to make the game 9-2.

Fenton accounted for CSJ's only hit in the top of the fourth by way of a single down the left field line. Dean went off for four hits and four runs in their turn at the plate. Michella Sessa singled to right field and Courtney Holden sent out a similar hit. Sessa scored on the play due to a fielding error in the Lady Saints' outfield. Holden would later score on a wild pitch and cut the Bulldogs' deficit to 9-4. Later, Rios-Nevarez recorded two RBI when her single allowed Portales and Makenzie Souza to score and make it a 9-6 ball game.

With Dean closing the gap, McKenzie Ebert hit a two run inside-the-park home run in the fifth inning. Montgomery had reached base on a single to right field and scored on Ebert's first home run of the year. Alexandra Langhans notched a single to open for the Bulldogs in the bottom of the inning. Sessa was hit by a pitch and Langhans advanced to second base. She then reached third base on a wild pitch. Holden reached first on a throwing error and Langhans scored on the play to make the game 11-7.

Katie Jenkins recorded a single to open the sixth inning. She then rounded the bases for a run when Jaeger launched a triple to right field. Fenton stepped up to bat next and hit a double that sent Jaeger home. Ahead 13-7 at this point, Drum singled to right field to reach base and Fenton made it to third base. Montgomery then reached first on a fielding error by Dean's shortstop and Fenton scored on the play. Ebert tallied a RBI when her ground out allowed Drum to score unearned put CSJ up 15-7.

Though Ebert struck out two batters in the bottom of the inning, the Bulldogs responded with four runs of their own to bring the game to 15-11. Quigley scored the only run of the seventh inning off a ground out by Jenkins. Excellent fielding by CSJ in the final frame capped the game at 16-11.

The Lady Saints' received excellent offensive performances by several players and all but three recorded one hit or more. Montgomery led the way with two home runs in three hits, while also recording three runs and four RBI. Ebert also had a homer. Jaeger tallied three hits (including a triple), three RBI and two runs. Tirotta recorded a double, one run and two RBI. Fenton had two hits, two RBI and a run and Quigley scored three runs.

Crowley pitched 3.1 inning and recorded three strikeouts and the win on the mound. Ebert struck out four batters in her 2.2 innings of action. Fenton closed and gave up just one hit.

In game two, CSJ jumped out to a 4-1 lead. Quigley recorded the first single of the game and Jaeger followed suit. A single by Fenton allowed Quigley to round third base and put the Lady Saints ahead by one. Next, Montgomery recorded a three-run triple, as her hit allowed Jaeger and Fenton to score and an error sent Montgomery home herself. CSJ would not tally a multi-run inning for the remainder of play.

The Lady Saints put up a run in the second inning when a single by Quigley sent Rodriguez home. The Bulldogs matched CSJ's inning when Souza singled and sent Sessa to home plate. Montgomery recorded the Saints' only hit of the third inning. Rios-Nevarez hit a two-run homer in the third to leave the Bulldogs down just one run, 5-4. Dean tied the game in the fourth inning.

In the sixth, Jenkins singled to reach base. Ebert advanced Jenkins to second when she recorded a single. When Rodriguez singled, Jenkins scored to regain the lead for CSJ, 6-5. Souza then hit a two-run home run for Dean and allowed the Bulldogs to win in dramatic fashion.

Fenton pitched a complete game for CSJ and threw three strikeouts. Montgomery finished with two hits, three RBI and a run. Quigley tallied two hits, one run and one RBI and Rodriguez had a run, a hit and a RBI.

The Lady Saints travel to Maine next for doubleheaders against Central Maine Community College and Southern Maine Community College on April 7 and 8, respectively.