April 3, 2010

Mandy Leach Powers BU to Sweep of ESU

Game One Box Score

Game Two Box Score

BLOOMSBURG--Bloomsburg University's Mandy Leach (Milford, Delaware Valley) drove in the winning run in game one and hit a go-ahead homer in game two to lead the Huskies to a sweep of a doubleheader with East Stroudsburg on Saturday by scores of 1-0 and 8-7.

In game one scoreless through the first seven innings, Lacy Mauro (Jersey Shore, Jersey Shore) singled to center to start the inning. After Sam Pientack (Archbald, Valley View) bunted Mauro to second, Raychelle Kuhns (Williamsport, Loyalsock)ground out to shortstop keeping Mauro at second. Leach then lined a single to right with Mauro beating the throw home and giving the Huskies the 1-0 win. Leach finished game one 2-4 with the RBI.

The Huskies had plenty of scoring chances in the early going loading the bases in both the first and second innings. However, East Stroudsburg pitcher Jamie Battaglino was able to work out of trouble and kept the game scoreless. East Stroudsburg did have runners at first and third with one out in the fourth inning, but Bloomsburg pitcher Shavaun Fisher (Coplay, Allentown Central Catholic) got the next two batters on strikeouts to end the threat. in all Fisher fanned 14 and walked just one in picking up the win.

The nightcap started out all East Stroudsburg with the Warriors scoring once in the first and getting six runs in the second to lead 7-2 going to the bottom of the second. In the home half of the second Bloomsburg began its comeback. Nikki Shiko (Shamokin, Southern Columbia)reached on fielder's choice and scored on a Mauro single. In the third, Jenna Hampton (Catawissa, Southern Columbia) had a pinch single to drive in two more runs to make it 7-5.

The Huskies tied the score at 7-7 with two runs in the fifth. Emily Young (Nescopeck, Central Columbia) had a pinch single driving in one run, while Danielle Lazorka (Williamsport, Jersey Shore) had a sacrifice fly RBI to tie the game.

In the bottom of the sixth with one Leach came to bat and was first-pitch swinging driving the ball over the center field fence for an 8-7 lead. In the top of the seventh East Stroudsburg put two runners on with two outs, but Fisher, who came on in relief in the second inning, got the last out by strikeout to earn the win. Fisher fanned six and did not allow a walk.

Leach went 2-3 with two RBI in the game, while Lazorka was 3-3 with a run scored and an RBI.

The Huskies, 27-3, play at Philadelphia University on Monday at 2:30 p.m.