April 12, 2014

Big Innings Plague Blazers

FREDERICK, Md. - Hood College dropped both games in a Commonwealth Conference doubleheader against Alvernia, 11-0 and 8-3.

The Crusdaders improved to 15-9, 6-4 in conference play. The Blazers dropped to 13-11 with an 1-7 mark in conference play.

Alvernia 11, Hood 0 (5 innings)

The visitors jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the second inninng with four unearned runs. Felicia McKenna was hit by a pitch to begin the frame and advanced to second after a sacrifice bunt. She later scored when Brianna Kuhn reached on an error. Back-to-back doubles by Amanda Galanti and Taylor Faust made the score 3-0. Aly Shilling singled to center to drive in Faust for the final run. 

Alvernia added three in both the third and fourth, and a solo homerun by Alexa Banks in the fifth capped off the scoring. 

Brittanie Wolfe scattered two hits over three innings for the win, and struck two batters out. Alex Zeigler pitched the final two frames, striking out one and allowing two hits. 

Keerstie Robinson (Windsor, Pa. / Northeastern) pitched 3 1/3 innings in the loss, and Kristin Ganderton (Maple Glen, Pa. / Upper Dublin) pitched 1 2/3 in relief. Ashley Fourcade (Rockville, Md. / Richard Montgomery) led the Blazers going 2-for-2, with a double and single.

Banks went 2-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored. Galanti and Kuhn both had two RBIs each.

Alvernia 8, Hood 3

In game two, Hood jumped out to the early lead scoring twice on a single by Cady Baer (Frederick, Md. / Catoctin). Amy Hagerdon (Berryville, Va. / Clarke County) singled to left to lead off the inning, and moved over to second on a single from Carly Farr (Thurmont, Md. / Catoctin). After Jess Sedgwick (Fairfield, Conn. / Cushing Academy) advanced the runners to second and third, Baer drove them both home with a single to center. 

The Crusaders broke through in the third inning to take a 4-2 lead. Faust and Shilling delivered back-to-back RBI singles to tie the game, and scored on a Taylor Thomas single. 

After Alvernia scored in the top of the fifth, Fourcade answered back with her team-high fourth homerun and 19th RBI of the year.

Brianna Fisher went the distance to earn the win, and Ganderton pitched a complete game as well; striking out one. 

Hagerdon, Farr, and Sedgwick all had two hits in four at bats for Hood. 

The Blazers have a short turnaround as they host No. 12 Lebanon Valley tomorrow. The first pitch is slated for 1 p.m.

Notes: Hagerdon moved into sole posession of fourth all-time in runs scored with 79. Fourcade's home run was the eighth of her career, moving her into a tie for second. 

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