Softball earns first CSAC win of the season

By Laura Hancq
March 20, 2011

Junior first baseman Angela Shookster was recognized as the Student-Athlete of the Week this past week with a .308 batting average, while hitting three home runs.

Cabrini softball earned its first CSAC victory of the season against Marywood University with a score of 7-5 on Friday, March 18 at Cabrini field. It was the first game of a double header for the Lady Cavs, who fell in the night game by a score of 10-4.

“Playing against Marywood, we knew that it was going to be a good, competitive game,” Angela Shookster, junior first baseman, said. “We started out strong, with a couple of key hits, and Marywood had the same idea.”

Cabrini reached the score board first, putting up two runs in the bottom of the second. Marywood retaliated with one run in the top of the third. This back and forth fashion continued until the sixth, when the game really came alive.

Leading by only one run, a 3-2 game, the Lady Cavs knocked in four more runs, which ended up being just enough to beat the Pacers.

The scoring run was lead by junior Ryan McDonough, third baseman, who drove a single to centerfield to score a runner. Following McDonough was Shookster, who hit a monstrous three-run homer to lift the Lady Cavs.

“In the sixth inning, when we had two runners on base, I knew I had to do something to at least score one,” Shookster said. “It just so happened that the pitcher threw me something I could get a hold of. I hit the ball down the left field line, praying that it would stay fair, and luckily it did.”

Despite the offensive tear by Cabrini in the bottom of the sixth, Marywood was determined to stay alive. In the top of the seventh, they tallied three hits and three runs, with a single, a double and a home run. It was not enough to catch the Lady Cavs.

“Marywood is the type of team that you can never count out, and true to form, they came back,” Shookster said. “Fortunately, our defense was strong enough to hold them from taking the game.”

Marcelle Crist, sophomore pitcher, led the defensive effort by pitching a complete game. Crist struck out one, recorded only two walks and allowed four earned runs to achieve her second victory of the season.

The clutch moment for Crist came in the top of the seventh. Marywood had already scored three runs to cut their deficit to two. With one runner on first, Crist got Miranda Sorber, right field for Marywood, to pop-up to centerfield to end the game and record the victory for Cabrini.

The victory was also aided by Sammy Thompson, junior shortstop, who went three for four at the plate for Cabrini. She scored a run and recorded an RBI.

While Shookster, Crist, Thompson and McDonough were important players, according to Lindsey Atzert, sophomore center fielder, it truly took a team effort to put away Marywood.

“It was crucical to play together as a team to guarantee the win,” Atzert said. “No matter what happened during the game, we came together to get the job done.”

Atzert also mentioned there were some other players who really stepped up in this game to give Cabrini the competitive edge. The starting catcher for Cabrini, senior Chrissy Squillace was injured, so freshman catcher Marisa Lopes came in and got the job done, Atzert said. She also said that a really big moment came from a pinch hit by junior Janine Zizzamia, who was able to come in off the bench and provide the team with an RBI.

“Janine’s pinch hit came at a great time and really helped us stay in the game mentally,” McDonough said. “It was a great moment for us as a team to see someone come off the bench not ready or warmed up and get such a clutch hit.”

McDonough believes that there has been a drastic improvement in the team from the first game of the season to this game against Marywood. She said that although everyone is still trying to figure out their role on the team, as a unit they are pushing through and finding succes little bits at a time.

The team is looking forward to the next conference game on Thursday, March 24 at Philadelphia Biblical University.




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