Women’s softball team splits doubleheader

By Elizabeth Brachelli
March 30, 2006

The Cabrini Cavalier softball team banged out a doubleheader against Alvernia College while hosting on March 24, with a 4-0 loss in the first game, but they came back in the second game and rocked an 8-3 victory.

The Lady Cavaliers struggled in the first game with Alvernia, getting two unearned runs in the second inning. The two runs were later tacked on in the seventh inning by a two-run hit by Danielle Machamer, first baseman of Alvernia. Kristie Sandefur, a freshman psychology major and third baseman for the lady Cavaliers, was left stranded on third base in both the second and fourth innings.

Andrea Mory, a freshman marketing major and catcher for the Lady Cavaliers, said, “We were really disappointed that we let them take one game from us. We knew that we had to find some spark that would create some more offense and get the win.”

Cabrini came back stronger in the second game with a rocky start. The Cavaliers were down 3-0 in the third inning. Bernadette Dolan, a freshman secndary education major and pitcher, entered the game in relief for junior Kim Fox. Dolan had only three hits off of her in just as many innings. Dolan stepped up after Machamer hit a three-run homer. It was the second home-run that day for Machamer.

In the third inning, Cabrini came back into the game by loading the bases with base hits. Brittany Shields, a freshman elementary education major, singled with a bunt right. Shields’ bunt was followed by a walk from junior exercise science major Jen Euganeo. Then, Jen Taggart, a senior bussiness administration major, singled to the short-stop. Caitlin McDevitt, a freshman and execise science major, then stepped up to bat, after Alvernia’s pitching change, to hit a grounder that went through the third baseman’s legs for a two-run error.

The game was later set by Megan O’Brien, a junior education major. Mory said, “Megan just made the most damages. She led by example hitting a grand slam and pretty much set the tone for us.”

O’Brien stepped up to bat, hitting a game, tying double, that was followed by a single hit by Sandefur into centerfield. Then, Andrea singled to left center, bringing O’Brien home, putting Cabrini on top of the game at 4-3. Jess Wolfert, a freshman, brought the inning to an end by striking out.

In the fourth inning, Cabrini started off with a single to left field from junior Lisa Hetke. Shields had an infield hit, and Euganeo bunted before O’Brien came up to bat. O’Brien hit a grand-slam, keeping a promising win for the Cavaliers.

The Cavaliers are now 4-11 overall and 3-3 in the Pennsylvania’s Athletic Conference.

Kristie Sandefur, a freshman psychology major, said, “I think the rest of our season is looking really good. We have great leadership from our captains and upper-classmen, and our freshmen are doing a really nice job, both offensively and defensively.”

Posted to the web by Brian Coary

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