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CSE softball sweeps another doubleheader behind Rodriguez’s power, Grande’s wheels

CSE softball sweeps another doubleheader behind Rodriguez’s power, Grande’s wheels

MORRISTOWN, N.J. – Madellyn Rodriguez had five hits and five RBI while Noelle Grande scored five runs as Saint Elizabeth softball swept its second consecutive doubleheader sweep,  topping visiting Rosemont by scores of 12-4 and 8-3 in non-conference action at Convent Field Wednesday afternoon.

Saint Elizabeth has a 4-0 overall record to start the 2013 season with the victories.

In the first game CSE trailed 1-0 at the start, but the Screaming Eagles exploded for five runs in the bottom of the third. Senior Kelly O’Dell drove in the first two with long double that hit the left-field fence and sophomore Kristine Brady-Downs later in the inning plated two more with a two-out triple to deep right field.

The Ravens struck back for two more runs in the top of the fourth to cut the CSE lead to 5-3, but the Screaming Eagles generated four more runs with a mixture of bunting, speed and power hitting.

Grande led off with a bunt base hit and moved over on Christina Scolaro sacrifice bunt before coming in to score on Ashley Pledger’s bunt. Pledger reached on a Rosemont error and was pushed over when O’Dell bunted for a base hit. Rodriguez pulled out the big stick in the next at bat, hammering a two-run double to center. Freshman catcher Karina Garcia followed with a double of her own to send Rodriguez home to give CSE the 9-3 lead.

After Rosemont came back with a run in the fifth, CSE sophomore Valerie Lasko put another charge in the Screaming Eagles offense with a leadoff triple. Lasko would score in the inning and with one out, Rodriguez laced a base hit down the left-field line to bring in O’Dell and end the game in CSE’s favor, 12-4.

CSE freshman Katrina Kenny (2-0) fought her way to a second consecutive victory, striking out five batters with just one earned run allowed while spreading three hits over the five innings.

Rodriguez was 3-of-4 from the plate with a game-high four RBI while O’Dell was 2-for-3 with three runs scored and two RBI.

Saint Elizabeth was the aggressor  in the second game, getting three runs in the first inning, highlighted by doubles from Pledger and Rodriguez.

Rosemont struck for two runs off CSE starter Catherine Eber (2-0) in the third inning, but as the sun set on the spring afternoon, the Screaming Eagles erupted for five runs in the bottom of the fifth.

Grande laced a one-out hit to right field and stole her third base of the afternoon to ignite the scoring spree which gave CSE the five-run advantage. At the end of the inning, the umpires deemed the dark conditions unsafe to continue play.

Eber earned the victory by allowing just one earned run over six innings while striking out two batters.

The Screaming Eagles are off over Easter weekend and will return to Convent Field on Wed., April 3 to open its North Eastern Athletic Conference schedule with a doubleheader against Penn State-Abington at 3:30 p.m.

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