Softball splits doubleheader with Gwynedd-Mercy

By Alexandra Rodolico
April 11, 2011

On Saturday, April 8, the Cabrini women’s softball team split a doubleheader with Gwynedd-Mercy College at Cabrini Field.

Sophomore Marcelle Crist had a four-hit complete game shutout in the 1-0 victory versus the CSAC opponent in game one.

Crist faced only 25 batters, striking out three of them for her team-best fourth win of the season and her 18th-career complete game. She also contributed to the Cavs hit total with a single.

Senior catcher Chrissy Squillace had the Lady Cavs only RBI of the game, sending sophomore center-fielder Lindsey Atzert home with the game-winning run in the bottom of the sixth inning.

“I was just thinking that we had to get the run home because the game was so tight,” Squillace said. “I was just glad I was able to do it for the team.”

All season, Squillace has been a big asset to the team. She hit her first-career grand slam against Rosemont College on April 6.

“I was kind of in shock,” Squillace said. “I didn’t even realize it was a grand slam until I was coming around first and saw the other girls touch the plate. “It was an unbelievable feeling and one of the greatest moments in my softball career.”

Junior third baseman Ryan McDonough, along with Atzert, each had two hits in the Lady Cavs victory in game one of the doubleheader.

The Griffins followed game two with an extra-inning 7-3 victory. Tegan Wendell, sophomore infielder, hit a grand slam in the top half of the 8th inning for Gwynedd-Mercy to clinch the victory.

Cabrini trailed 3-2 after three innings and tied the game in the bottom of the seventh. Atzert’s RBI single scored junior shortstop Sammy Thompson to force extra innings. Atzert leads the team with a .400 batting average for the season.

“The game was pretty intense the whole time,” Atzert said. “There was definitely a lot of pressure to hit the ball so I could get Sammy home and at least tie the game. I just tried to stay calm and not think about it and luckily I was successful.”

Atzert contributed four of the Cavaliers nine hits in the game and also scored a run. Thompson and Squillace scored the Cavs other two runs.

Wendell and senior Heather Morgan each pitched four innings for the Griffins. Morgan struck out five batters and earned her second win of the season.

Crist received the loss in game two, letting up 12 hits and seven earned runs through eight innings. Crist leads the team in innings pitched with an even 66. She and sophomore Missy Miller, pitcher/outfielder, have started 16 of the team’s 18 games.

“We have been playing well together so far,” Squillace said. “As long as we stick together we can only get better.”

After Saturday’s doubleheader Cabrini’s record moves to 6-12 overall and 5-3 in the conference, keeping them in third place in the conference.

The Lady Cavs host SUNY-Canton on April 14 and then play their final seven games against CSAC opponents.

The Cavaliers will play at home against Centenary College on April 15 and Keystone College on April 16 before ending the regular season with five straight road contests.

The CSAC tournament quarterfinals begin on May 4. If the Cavs advance, the semifinals and finals would be held in Hazleton, Pa.

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