Pitching highlights softball’s victory

By Nick Pitts
April 17, 2008

cabrini athletic department

A win of 2-1 before a loss of the same score is how the women’s softball team fared against Cedar Crest College on saturday, April 12.

The win was highlighted by some great pitching. Even the loss was not without a few fireworks, mainly Susan Schmidt’s homerun as Cabrini tried to mount a comeback late in the game.

Junior Rachel Davis pitched seven innings in the game one win, allowing only three hits and one run.

“We were led by Rachel who pitched a great game,” Susan Schmidt, a freshman elementary education major, said.

On the offensive side, the Cavaliers registered seven hits from seven different players, managing to score two runs. Susan Schmidt batted sophomore Mary Kate Smith home in the third to put the team up 1-0, but a Cedar Crest solo homerun knotted the score at 1.

Rachel Davis then earned herself an RBI after her double allowed sophomore Cheri Johns to score. The solid pitching from Davis along with the defense behind her allowed the Cavs to hold on for the win.

Cedar Crest left three runners on base in the loss.

“We hit together, getting the runs and hits needed to win,” Schmidt said. “When someone gets a hit, it is contagious.”

Cabrini did not fair quite as well in the second game of the double header, giving up nine hits to their five.

The contagious hitting was certainly not present as the bats seemed to be missing.

“If we get a few hits here and there and not when needed at the crucial moment in the game, we seem to struggle,” Schmidt said. “I think our biggest obstacle right now offensively is hitting together.”

The Cavs scored only one run in the second game, which was Schmidt’s solo homerun.

“We were down 2-0 near the end of the game and we needed something big,” Schmidt said. The homerun was definitely big and I am happy we were able to get a run on the scoreboard, but we couldn’t seem to continue that high in the game after the homerun.”

“I would not say it was my best outing,” Cheri Johns, who pitched seven innings, said. “But the defense definitely helped me out and we were able to make Cedar Crest leave a lot of runners on the bases.”

Johns, a sophomore exercise science major, did keep the Falcons to only two earned runs, but the team could not find the offense it needed to win the game.

“In both games this past weekend we had solid defense,” said Johns. “We could just not put the runs on the board that we need to take the wins.”

With the split, Cabrini moves to 11-18 overall and 8-6 in the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference.

“It is frustrating to only give up two runs and still lose,” Johns said. “But like we always say, you have to score to win and we didn’t do that so it’s just something we have to learn from.”

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