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Thursday, April 5, 2012

MILLERSVILLE HOLDS OFF BOWIE STATE 4-0 AND 8-4


(MILLERSVILLE, Pa. – April 4, 2012) Amanda Ray went a game-high 5-for-6 which included two doubles, but the Lady Bulldogs fall short on the road at Millersville University. The setback pulls the Bowie State record even at 11-11.

Millersville pitcher Alicia Hughes sat the Lady Bulldogs down in order in the first inning of game one. The Marauders struck first in the bottom of the frame on a single by Gabbie Berry, scoring Allison Chew. Chew, Millersville’s leadoff batter, reach base after being hit by a Hayley Flint pitch.

The Lady Bulldogs threatened in the top of the second inning but Ray and Raenelle Taylor were left on base. Ray, got Bowie State’s first hit of the afternoon and Taylor reached base safely after an error by the Marauders’ first baseman.

Millersville (13-21) increased their lead to 4-0 in the bottom of the second following a two out, three-run homer by Ally Homa.

The Marauders missed an opportunity to add to their lead in the bottom of the fifth inning. With the bases loaded, Flint got Jamie Mosko to pop out to third.

Flint (3-4) experienced control problems, hitting five Marauders, walked one and struck out two in six innings.

Hughes (4-9) went the distance facing 26 batters, allowed only four hits and struck out eight.

Ray led Bowie State in hits in game one with two in three plate appearances. Taylor hit her seventh double of the season and Kiara Washington was responsible for Bowie State’s final hit in the Lady Bulldogs’ 4-0 opening loss.

Chew scored Millersville’s first run of game two as well, reaching via a Lady Bulldogs error. A bunt single by Homa advanced Chew to second and Berry followed with a walk to load the bags. Prior to Berry’s free pass, Homa and Chew pulled off the double steal, giving the Marauders the early 1-0 lead. With one out, the Bowie State defense recorded a double play. Emily Sneeringer hit a sacrifice fly to right that allowed Homa to score (2-0), but Berry was thrown out at the plate by Ray.

Berry led off the bottom half of the third with a single and was moved up 60 feet on a sacrifice bunt by Ashley Cantiello. A Danielle DiFilippo double followed by a Sneeringer single pushed Berry across the dish. The Marauders made the score 4-0 after a Sarah Bertoni single scored DiFilippo from second.


Cara Nance grounded out to short to begin the fourth inning. But Adria Lewis doubled and Ray followed with a two-run homer. Haley Snyder walked and Taylor laced a double, scoring Snyder to cut the deficit to 4-3.

However, Millersville scored four runs in their portion of the fourth on only two hits to open an 8-3 lead.

Trailing by five heading into the top of the seventh inning, the Lady Bulldogs were able to add one more run to the scoreboard. Down to their last out, Cassandra Clayborne hit a single and Nance followed with a double, scoring Clayborne. Lewis added a single but the Millersville left fielder threw Nance out at third to end the game at 8-4.

Lewis went 3-for-4 in game two and Ray went 3-for-3 in the final game to pace the Lady Bulldogs. As a team Bowie State recorded 10 hits but committed three errors.

Millersville starting pitcher Sarah Bertoni not only performed well in the circle, but also led the Marauders at the plate as well. Bertoni pitched all seven innings, striking out five and went a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate.

Bowie State returns to action on Friday (April 6th) traveling across town to face Washington Adventist University in a non-conference doubleheader beginning at 12 noon.

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