Sunday, February 10, 2013

St. Peter's Splits Wild Doubleheader

Fran D'Amato had a huge day for the Peahens
St. Peter's 9 (8)

St. Peter's 12

The St. Peter's Peahens exploded for 21 runs on 31 hits in a doubleheader against Maryland-Eastern Shore in Princess Anne, MD Sunday.

Game one of the doubleheader was a back and forth affair, with both teams taking and surrendering leads. Chelsea Crews started a big day for herself by driving home Sierra Parker, who had doubled, for an early 1-0 lead. UMES took the lead in the bottom of the same inning, 2-1, thanks in large part to a triple. The Peahens roared back in front with a four run third inning, thanks to Fran D'Amato's two run homer and RBI hits by Shelby Beaver and Michelle Tinajero. UMES, however, got it all back in the bottom of the third, and the game was tied 5-5. St. Peter's then found themselves down 7-5 entering the top of the seventh inning, and staged a comeback to take an 8-7 lead. Shelby Beaver's second double of the game brought home a run; RBIs by Tori Feorenzo and Michelle Tinajero gave the Peahens the lead once again. But UMES tied it back up, and the game went to extra innings, with the tiebreaker rule in effect. Fran D'Amato's third RBI of the game gave the Peahens a lead, but it was short lived as UMES put up two in the bottom of the eighth to walk off with the win.

Game two was also high scoring, but St. Peter's jumped in front early and never looked behind. They pounded out 19 hits in this one. Everyone in the batting lineup had at least one hit, and the Peahens scored in every inning. Fran D'Amato got things started with her second homer of the day, followed by Chelsea Crews' two run double. In the second inning, Alexis Gallagher singled, stole second and third bases, then scored on a wild pitch. In the third inning freshman Amber Velasquez drove home fellow freshman Lee Harrison. In the fourth inning, Fran D'Amato singled home a run for her fifth RBI of the day. In the fifth inning, a couple of UMES errors and a Taylor Corretjer RBI gave St. Peter's an 8-3 lead. An RBI by Amber Velasquez and two by Taylor Sierra in the sixth extended the lead to 11-5. Amber Velasquez finished the assault in the seventh with her third hit and second RBI. Erica Colon went the distance in the circle for the win.

This was the greatest offensive output by St. Peter's in a few years. They averaged over seven runs per game this weekend. Senior Shelby Beaver was great at the plate, hitting .500 in the four games. Transfer senior Sierra Parker is proving to be a great addition; she hit .429 this weekend. Chelsea Crews was 6 for 9 on Sunday. Fran D'Amato was hitting with lots of power. The two freshmen, Amber Velasquez and Lee Harrison both played very well. The offense looked very improved. And this is without leading hitter Nicole Olmedo in the lineup! The Peahens will next be in action on the weekend of February 22 at the Elon Tournament.

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