May 1, 2006
The Neumann Knights softball team split an afternoon double header with the Pioneers of Widener University 8-5, 3-8 on the Neumann College Bruder Field in
Kelli Ann Meehan shut the Pioneers down in both the first and second innings allowing Neumann the opportunity to connect with the bats first. Danielle Hayes got the Knights going with a double down the left field side in the second inning. Hayes' hit was followed by fellow freshmen Caitlin Hanrahan, who also hit for extra bases, and Angela Sebasto who singled. Both Haranhan and Sebasto recorded and the first RBI's of the day before a Lauren Gallager grounder retired the inning.
In the third inning the Meehan walked the Pioneers' Mallory Meyer to start off the inning. A single by Cesarine put the visitors in good scoring position as Rachel O'Leary came up to bat hitting a single up the center, scoring Meyer. However, the Pioneers efforts were halted by the Knights' Chandra Moore and Caitlin Hanrahan who made the second out of the inning at the plate. That out was followed by a Pioneer pop up to Knights first baseman Audrie Porter who ended the inning with the Knights up 2-1.
A run batted in by Lauren Gallagher gave the Knights the 3-1 lead in the fourth and a
Kim Zlupko single and a Daniel Hayes 3-run homer in the fifth gave Neumann all they need to capture game one from the cross town rivals.
The second game was a battle of the pitchers as both teams remained scoreless through the first three innings. After Angela Sebasto shut down the Pioneers on the defensive side of the plate in the top of the fourth, she teamed up with Hanrahan to hit consecutive singles setting up catcher Christina Walsh on the offensive. With two outs and a full count called, the sophomore hit a bomb over the fence for a three-run homerun, the first of her career.
Widener battled back however, scoring two in the sixth and six in the seventh to slide past the Knights 8-3.
Neumann will return to action on Wednesday, May 3, 3006 when they host
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