|Lady Ravens sweep Spires, strive for consistency|
|Friday, 03 April 2009|
Tuesday, the Lady Ravens softball team defeated the University of St. Mary’s 6-5 in game one and 9-1 in game two. The doubleheader sweep brings the team’s overall record to 15-9 and 1-1 in conference.
Junior catcher Beth Krogmeier came up to bat in the fifth and hit a home run that brought in two runners, bringing the score to 5-3.
The two-run shot appeared to be a relatively routine play at the warning track for the St. Mary’s center fielder, but the ball bounced out of her outstretched glove and over the fence in right center field.
At the bottom of the seventh inning the Lady Ravens were still down by two, but were still fighting to come back.
Krogmeier’s second home run of the game brought the score to 5-4; immediately following Krogmeier’s lead, designated hitter Maegan Mathiasmeier hit her own solo shot to tie things up at 5.
Mathiasmeier leads the Lady Ravens in batting average at .384 and RBIs with 17.
Freshman outfielder Allison Salva hit sophomore third baseman Jamie Welch in from third for the win.
“We need to start hitting the ball before the fifth inning,” head coach Tim Crowley said. “But today we were able to come back and get the job done.”
Despite falling behind early, freshman pitcher Michala Green pitched all seven innings and was steady after the first two, not allowing a single run. Her five strikeouts brought her team-leading season total to 24.
In game two, the Lady Ravens were able to hold the Lady Spires scoreless until the fourth inning, where they were able to get one run. In the bottom of the fourth inning the Lady Ravens answered back with four runs.
The Lady Ravens held the Lady Spires scoreless during the fifth inning. In the bottom of the fifth inning, senior second basemen Michelle Collins started the rally that would lead the Lady Ravens to a 9-1 victory over the Lady Spires. NAIA softball’s eight-run mercy rule came into effect after BC scored five runs in the fifth.
“In game two they [Lady Ravens] got the hits and the plays that they needed to win the game,” assistant coach Greg Bachkora said. “And this is a great way to head into conference play.”
“The ladies were having trouble hitting during the first few innings because the pitching was slower than they are used to,” Crowley said. “It just took them some time to get adjusted to it.”
Game two starting pitcher Hannah Dusil went the short distance for Benedictine, allowing one earned run on five hits. Dusil struck out three batters.
Last week, the Lady Ravens went up against Lindenwood University and Washburn University. The ladies split with Lindenwood, losing game one 9-0 and winning game two 2-0. In game one Krogmeier went 1 for 1 with a double, and sophomore first baseman Jennifer Bieberly and Welch got the team’s two other hits.
In game two, Krogmeier hit her second homer of the season, Collins went 3 for 3 and freshman shortstop Katie Bachkora picked up her fourth double of the season. Freshman pitcher Hannah Dusil threw her first college shutout.
“She kept the hitters off balance throughout the game,” Mathiasmeier said of Dusil. “And after the loss in game one, it helped pick up the team.”
The Lady Ravens also split with Washburn, winning game one 1-0 and losing game two 7-0.
Over spring break the Lady Ravens headed to San Antonio and Sequin, Texas to play against Trinity University and Texas Lutheran University.
The ladies defeated Trinity 4-1 in game one and 8-1 in game two.
Next the ladies defeated Texas Lutheran 7-2 in game one and 7-3 in game two.
“We are doing really well so far this season,” Collins said. “But we are still lacking consistency. Sometimes we play really well, other times not.
“We need to get that figured out before conference starts.”
BC is currently in a three-way tie for fourth in the HAAC with a 1-1 conference record. The conference race is still wide open with many games being cancelled or rescheduled due to inclement weather.
The Lady Ravens delve into the meat of the HAAC schedule starting tomorrow with a home doubleheader against Avila University. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.
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