Utica builds 7-0 lead en route to 7-5 victory over McDaniel
KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Bridgette Plummer went 3-for-3 with two runs scored to lead Utica to a 7-5 victory over McDaniel in non-conference softball action at the Rebel Spring Games on Monday.
Rachel Sidney (East Meadow, N.Y./East Meadow) recorded two of the eight hits for the Green Terror (3-2), who scored five runs in the top of the seventh innings but stranded the potential tying run at the plate.
The Pioneers (3-1) built a seven run lead heading into the seventh inning keyed by a four-run second.
With one out in the bottom of the second, Kristie Jones drew a walk before moving to second on a sacrifice bunt.
A Rebecca Ornstein single played Jones for a 1-0 lead before a Kim Martin triple doubled the advantage.
A two-out error allowed Martin to score before a Plummer walk and Mallory Ingalls RBI single pushed the lead to 4-0.
Dboules from Martin and Hannah Barton coupled with a Plummer single and Ingalls sacrifice fly accounted for a pair of fourth-inning runs to make it a 6-0 lead for Utica.
A Plummer double and Barton RBI single in the sixth stretched the lead to 7-0.
A Jasmine McCormick (Antioch, Calif./Holy Name) pinch-hit single led off the Green Terror seventh.
A Megan Elfert (Finksburg, Md./Westminster) single plated McCormick to break up the shutout.
Tracy Davis (Christiansburg, Va./Christiansburg) followed with an RBI single of her own, chasing Utica starter Heather Kingsburg.
Back-to-back errors loaded the bases and allowed Elfert to score to make it a 7-3 game.
After a strikeout, an Ashley Crawford (New Market, Md./Linganore) sacrifice fly allowed two runs to score, closing the deficit to 7-5 with a runner on second.
Haley Butler, on in relief of Kingsbury, got a ground ball to earn her first save of the season.
McDaniel returns to action against Geneva at 3 p.m.
Score by Inning 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 - R H E
McDaniel (3-2) 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 - 5 8 1
Utica (3-1) 0 4 0 2 0 1 x - 7 12 2
Kaitlyn Vadenais, Ashley Meister (5) and Tracy Davis; Heather Kingsbury, Haley Butler (7) and Mallory Ingalls. WP: Kingsbury (2-0). LP: Vadenais (0-2). S: Butler (1). SO-BB: Vadenais 0-2, Meister 0-1; Kingsbury 2-6, Butler 1-0.