Lady Cavs advance to quarterfinals

By Jill Fries
April 30, 2009

Two days of two-game sweeps by the Cabrini softball team puts them in playoff position.

The Cavaliers swept the College of Notre Dame Gators off their feet with double-header wins; first game 11-0 and the second game 13-3.

Then the Cavs defeated the Keystone College Giants, first game 3-2 and the second game 8-7.

The team played the Gators at home on Friday where they reached a 14-8 CSAC record. Being in fifth place, the next double-header is crucial for a play-off position. The Cavs are currently two games ahead of Keystone College, which is its next competitor and the deciding factor.

The Gators, with one double-header to go, hold a 1-21 overall record with no chances in making the playoffs.

In game one, Kristie Sandefur, senior third baseman, went two for three at the plate, earning a two-run homerun.

Angela Shookster, freshman designated hitter, launched a two-run shot in the first inning. Freshman second basemen Ryan McDonough also scored three runs for the huge win.

Liz Zimmer, junior pitcher, threw five shutout innings with 10 strike-outs and allowing just three hits. Zimmer averages 10.5 strike-outs a game.

The game only went into five innings due to Cabrini’s batting and fielding success.

In game two, the Cavaliers led 9-0 after just three innings against the Gators.

Sophomore catcher Susan Schmidt and freshman shortstop Sammy Thompson hit back-to-back two-run doubles.

The Gators then attempted to fight back, earning their only three runs of the day in the fourth inning.

“We did what we needed to do to get the job done at the end of the day,” Thompson said.

The Cavs fought back with four runs in the fifth inning, three by another homerun from Sandefur, ending the game in the fifth inning again. Sandefur leads Cabrini with a .370 batting average, including seven homeruns and 27 RBIs. This is out of the 32-game season.

On Saturday, April 25, Cabrini finished their season with two wins against the Giants. These victories give the Cavs a chance at playoffs.

“We had two seventh inning wins this weekend which showed the fight our team has. We have the ability to beat Immaculata and make it to the weekend to play,” Johns said.

Zimmer pitched all seven innings in game one and earned her eighth win of the season and one RBI.

“Overall, our team has really started working as a team and doing a lot of damage,” Zimmer said.

Sandefur hit a two-run homerun in the fourth inning starting the Cavaliers off on the board.

In game two, the Cavs were down four runs with three innings to go, but won by one run. Johns tied the score in the sixth inning along with a two-run double by sophomore Krissy Squillace.

Johns pitched all seven innings, earning three strike-outs and only allowing three hits. She has now won her eighth game of the season.

The softball team ends its CSAC regular season with a 14-8 record, 16-8 overall.

The quarterfinals will be played at Cabrini on Wednesday April 29, against Immaculata University.

If the Cavs win on Wednesday they will be playing in the double elimination semifinal game on Saturday April 1, which will be held at Neumann College.

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