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Softball Goes 2-2 During the Week, Sits at Fourth Place in Atlantic-10

The Lady Rams Split a Pair of Double-headers Against Temple, Saint Joseph's, Bring Record to 22-15

ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR

Published: Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Updated: Wednesday, April 6, 2011 01:04


Fordham continued its Atlantic-10 play with mixed results, as the Lady Rams went 2-2 throughout the week. The team opened the week in sole possession of first place in the conference, something it relinquished following a double-header against Temple on April 2.

Fordham entered the series against the Lady Owls coming off four straight wins, including wins over conference foe St. Bonaventure, as well as Lehigh.

In the first game of the day, Temple upended Fordham, 7-4, in heartbreaking fashion.

Things started off relatively well for Fordham, as senior pitcher Chelsea Plimpton worked her way out of a bases-loaded jam in the top of the first.

Senior third-baseman Jocelyn Dearborn then continued her hot streak with a homer to give Fordham a 1-0 lead after the first inning, her eighth home-run of the season.

Dearbornalso hit an RBI double in the third, an inning in which Fordham extended its lead to 4-0. The Lady Rams also benefited from an error by Temple, which led to two unearned runs.

Plimpton surrendered two runs and came out of the game after five innings and two strikeouts. Junior Jen Mineau came into the game with a 4-2 lead, which usually means you can put it in the books as a win. That was not the case against Temple, however, as she gave up six hits and five runs in just two innings of work.

Mineau surrendered a two-out, two-run homerun in the bottom of the seventh to Temple freshman Sarah Prezioso, her second homer of the game, as Temple grabbed its  first lead. Temple tacked on two more insurance runs for the 7-4 win.

In the second game of the day, Fordham overcame a poor start from Mineau, as far as her standards are concerned, and won 6-4.

"Most of the times we can count on Jen winning the game for us," Head Coach Bridgette Orchard said. "It's up to us to pick her up when she doesn't have her stuff, and still be able to get the win."

 Dearborn once again led off the game with a round-tripper, and Fordham grabbed the early lead. Freshman catcher Gabby Luety doubled home a run, and senior infielder Beckah Wiggins promptly brought Luety home with a RBI double of her own, giving Fordham a three-run lead after the first inning.

Templewas able to rattle Mineau once again as the Lady Owls touched her up for four runs in the second inning. Following a double that cut the lead to two, junior outfielder Christina Sykora blasted a three-run homer over the leftfield wall to give the Lady Owls a 4-3 lead.

Fordham was able to get everything back in the fourth, as the team pushed across three runs. Sophomore left-fielder Jessica Crowley got things started with a double. Crowley did not have to wait on base very long, as sophomore right-fielder Chelsea Palumbo crushed a homer to give the Lady Rams a 5-4 lead, which they would not give up.

Luety got her second RBI of the game later in the inning to give Fordham a 6-4 lead.

Mineau went four innings and struck out six en route to her 10th win of the season. Plimpton relieved her in the fifth and was able to stymie the Temple offense, striking out four and giving up just two hits.

The Lady Rams did not have much time to rest, as they got right back into action against Saint Joseph's on Sunday.

There was not much scoring between the two games, as there were just two combined runs in the two games. The Lady Hawks got the 1-0 decision in the first game, and Fordham exacted some measure of revenge in the rubber match by getting its own 1-0 win.

The first game pitted two of the top pitchers in the conference against one another, as St. Joseph's junior pitcher Erin Gallagher squared off against Mineau. Gallagher pitched her second career no-hitter against George Washington just one day before.

The game turned out to be a pitchers' duel, as neither team was able to manage a baserunner until the third inning.

Junior left-fielder Lindsay Kay Bright slapped a single for the Lady Rams' first hit of the game, which turned out to be the only hit on the day for Fordham.

Bright moved to third following an error by the Lady Hawks, but was left stranded when junior right-fielder Nicole Callahan grounded out to squander Fordham's only offensive threat of the game.

St. Joseph's got a runner in scoring position in the fourth inning, but Mineau struck out the side to end the threat.

The Lady Hawks got the only run of the day in the sixth inning to finally break the scoreless tie. Sophomore outfielder Dana Parks reached on a fielder's choice, and then stole second to get things in motion for St. Joseph's. With two outs, junior shortstop Bernadette Moran hit a routine pop-up that should have ended the inning and the threat.  

Senior shortstop Samantha Pellechio lost the ball in the sun, however, and was not able to make the play. The ball landed just inside the infield grass, and Moran got credited with an infield single. Parks was running on contact, and scored easily for the only run of the game.

Both pitchers went for the complete game, and the two gave up just six hits combined.

Gallagher struck out nine Lady Rams and, not to be outdone, Mineau sent 11 Lady Hawks down on strikes.

The second game saw more of the same, as another pitching duel unfolded between St. Joseph's sophomore Taryn Ashway and Fordham's Plimpton.

Parks got on base in the fourth, starting the first threat of the day. St. Joseph's would eventually move two runners in scoring position, following a steal.

Plimpton got a strikeout to end the inning and the threat, however.

St. Joseph's squandered another great scoring chance in the fifth. Senior catcher Taylor Korpita got on base with a single, and was looking to score following a single by junior third-basemen Alaina Loguidice. Bright raced to the ball and hit senior Meghan Shager with the cut-off throw. Korpita got caught in between third and home, and Shager whipped it over to Dearborn at third, who tagged out the potential leading run.

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