Softball swept in season finale, misses CSAC playoffs

By Kevin Durso
May 2, 2012

The women’s softball team’s season reached a bitter end as they were swept in their regular season finale against Baptist Bible College in a doubleheader on Saturday, April 28.

The women’s team dropped the first game by a score of 8-5 before losing a lead late in the second game, falling by a score of 10-7. The pair of losses eliminated the Cavs from CSAC playoffs.

“They fought hard both games,” Lisa McGregor, fifth-year head coach, said. “It was nice to see we could make the comeback. We were just two innings short every time.”

Cabrini opened a 3-2 lead in the opener on a two-run single by centerfielder Lindsey Atzert in the second. The Defenders would add single runs in the third and fourth innings to retake the lead.

Trailing 6-4 in the bottom of the sixth, the Cavaliers had a chance to tie as runners reached second and third with no outs. However, Cabrini exited the inning scoreless after two infield popups and a line drive out to right field.

“The past couple weeks we’ve been getting runners on and we’ve been struggling to push them across,” McGregor said. “It’s nice to see that we can get them on, we’re just not stringing the hits together when we need to be and that has hurt us in the end.”

The Defenders put the game away in the seventh on a two-run home run by shortstop Hannah Strayer.

Down by four runs, the Cavs did load the bases in the bottom of the seventh, but only managed a run.

Junior pitcher Missy Miller pitched a complete game, allowing eight runs on 13 hits with one walk and two strikeouts.

In the second game, the Cavaliers opened up a 4-0 lead thanks to a three-run home run by freshman catcher Rebecca Miles and an RBI triple by Atzert.

The Defenders rallied for runs in the fourth and fifth innings before capitalizing for six runs in the sixth inning, led by a two-run double by Strayer.

Baptist Bible iced this game in the seventh as well as two more runs crossed the plate.

Cabrini tried to muster a rally and cut into the Defenders’ lead with a three-run home run for shortstop Stephanie Diegel. Still, it was not enough to extend Cabrini’s season.

Junior pitcher Marcelle Crist pitched six innings, allowing eight runs on 18 hits and adding two strikeouts, before turning things over to Miller, who allowed two runs in the seventh.

This marks the end of the careers of seniors Angela Shookster, Ryan McDonough and Sammy Thompson. Despite their departure next season, there is a strong core of players ready to return next season, headed by the Cavs’ two starting pitchers.

“You have to feel bad for the senior class to go out like this. Coming back we have a strong junior class,” McGregor said. “Two pitchers between Marcelle [Crist] and Missy [Miller]; we’ll be fighting for their senior year next season; Lindsey [Atzert] and Taylor [McGarvey] who are controlling our outfield right now. They have a lot to look forward to in the future of this team.”

Junior pitcher Marcelle Crist went 8-11 this season and has 22 career wins. She will return next season as a senior. -- Brooke Famous / Staff Photographer

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