Crusaders fall to Salve Regina after 6-Run Inning Pulls Opposition Away

Lazarek hammers 1st collegiate HR; 1-run deficit expands in last inning.
Lazarek hammers 1st collegiate HR; 1-run deficit expands in last inning.

CLERMONT, Fla. – The University of Dallas softball team reduced a 3-0 deficit through the first inning and a half with a run in the home part of the second and third innings, but Salve Regina University accumulated a six-run seventh to secure a 9-2 victory on Wednesday afternoon. Dallas had prevailed earlier that morning 6-0 against Fairleigh Dickinson-Florham to split the first day of The Spring Games being hosted at different venues in Florida.

GAME INFORMATION

Team Scores: Salve Regina University (9), University of Dallas (2)

Team Records: Salve Regina (3-5), Dallas (6-12)

Pitcher of Record: W) Boarman (3-2), L) Lee (2-7)

NOTABLE STATISTICS

- Jade Miller (Plano, Texas) went 2-for-3 and combined 5-for-7 in the twinbill. She has reached safely in the past 11 Dallas contests. The team leader in stolen bases increased her mark to 14.

- The Crusaders have swiped a bag now in all but two games (both Hendrix contests on Feb. 12). The Navy and White have accumulated 36 thefts on the campaign.

- Avery Finch (Jamul, Calif.) returned to the lineup with a single and scored a run.

- The other run scored was Katelyn Lazarek's (Seattle, Wash.) 1st collegiate home run.

- Katie Lee (Houston, Texas) started and recorded all but one out. She allowed nine runs (8 earned) on 15 hits. She walked three and struck out four. Emily Martin (San Jose, Calif.) notched the final out.

- For the Sea Hawks, Emily Woznick etched a 3-RBI game with the help of one-of-two long balls. Kristen Hickey blasted the other round-tripper.

- Francesca Galeazzi and Lindsey Florent each went 3-for-4 and scored at least once. The speedy tandem at nine and one in the lineup each stole a quartet of bases. The team had 10 steals in all.

- Kelsey Boarman went the distance and allowed just an earned run on the homer. She scattered five hits, walked none, and struck out four.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Salve Regina received a two-run home run from Woznick that went over the left field wall. This had followed a double by Elizabeth Lombardo to right. The Sea Hawks tacked on a run in the second frame as Galeazzi went to steal second and was able to advance to third on an error by the catcher. Florent had stolen home on the same sequence.

Dallas' backstop, Lazarek, responded from that error in the bottom half of the inning by smacking a solo blast to left and getting her squad on the board. It was the team's 5th home run of the season, and she is the 4th different Crusader to make the trot.

In the third inning, the Crusaders had a chance to utilize their speed but were only able to gain a single run during the threat. Lety Morales (Fontana, Calif.) tallied the other hit with a single through the right side to start the inning. Finch legged out an infield hit to third. Miller reached on an error by the third baseman, but Morales was out trying to stretch at home when a throw was made at second. Not all harm was done as Melanie Savala (Bryan, Texas) got an RBI ground out to drive Finch, who had winded up on third at the end of that play.

The Sea Hawks pulled away later with six runs on as many hits in their final turn to bat. Hickey nailed a one-out home run to left. Lexi Soucie doubled to left and from there the offense continued to compound. Florent singled through the left side to drive in a pair for the first half of the six runs. UD's Martin came in and got Hickey to end the frame with a fly out to left.

UP NEXT

Dallas plays the final two games in Florida tomorrow evening starting with University of Scranton around 6 p.m. (EST). After that, the Crusaders play Susquehanna University. Complete stats for both matchups could be posted at a future time compared to normal.