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Eber, Rodriguez power CSE softball to split with Wilson

Eber, Rodriguez power CSE softball to split with Wilson

MORRISTOWN, N.J. – CSE sophomore Madellyn Rodriguez had three hits and Catherine Eber pitched six strong innings as the Screaming Eagles earned a split by winning the first game of a NEAC softball doubleheader on a sunny Sunday afternoon at Convent Field.

Wilson (11-3, 11-5 NEAC) won the second game, 9-0, behind a one-hitter from pitcher Taylor Crouse.

The Screaming Eagles (9-13, 4-12 NEAC) cruised to a 4-2 victory in the opener behind senior hurler Eber.

Freshman Karin Garcia had two hits in the first game, including an RBI triple and Rodriguez had two hits to pace the CSE offense.

The Screaming Eagles were no-hit by Wilson starter Crouse over the first three innings. Crouse racked up six strikeouts against the first 10 CSE batters, but the Screaming Eagles broke through with a four-run fourth inning.

With one out, senior Kelly O’Dell was hit by a pitch. Rodriguez spoiled the no-hit bid in the next at-bat, landing a single into right field. O’Dell stole third and Rodriguez moved up on a wild pitch with Alesandria De Sapio at the plate. De Sapio cracked a grounder to third, but O’Dell’s head-first slide beat the throw home and CSE was on the board.

Eber launched a fly ball to right-center which Wilson could not handle, allowing Rodriguez to come home. De Sapio crossed home on a wild pitch and CSE lead 3-0.

After another out, Garcia laced a line drive to the fence in right field and motored into third with a triple. Eber scored easily to give CSE the 4-0 advantage.

Eber (3-4) battled through six innings to pick up the victory, twice escaping bases-loaded jams. Eber spread five hits out, allowing just one run with one strikeout. After allowing Wilson to score a run, freshman Katrina Kenny picked up her second save is as many days.

Wilson struck first in game two, scoring runs in five of the six innings, including a four-run outburst in the top of the sixth inning highlighted by a three-run double to left from sophomore Faith Ricker.

Crouse (5-6) earned the victory for the Phoenix, allowing just one single (Rodriguez in the second inning) while fanning five.

The Screaming Eagles travel to Sarah Lawrence on Tuesday, April 23 for its next contests.

Saint Elizabeth will play its final home games of the season on Thurs., April 25 when Rutgers Newark is at Convent Field for a 4 p.m. nonconference doubleheader. The Screaming Eagles will honor its three seniors  -- Eber, Noelle Grande, O’Dell -- with a celebration between the games.