April 12, 2015
BOSTON, Mass. – Kasey McCravey homered for the second day and scored twice as Army completed its Patriot League weekend sweep of Boston College after taking a 6-3 decision in the final third game of the series Sunday afternoon.
The Black Knights swept Saturday’s opening doubleheader (4-0, 13-10) en route to posting their second league sweep this season.
Army (18-19, 8-4 PL) jumped out to a 3-0 lead on four hits, opening with back-to-back doubles, in the first inning. McCravey led off with a double and scored on Gladys Esparza-Gallegos’ double to right field. Esparza-Gallegos moved up a base on Kristen McPeek’s single to right field and scored on Xiomara Perez’ two-out hit to left field.
Melanie Russell (2-6) retired nine of the next 10 batters before Army pounded her for four straight hits and three runs in the top of the fifth inning to pad its lead to 6-0. McCravey ignited the uprising with a leadoff solo blast to left center field for her second home run in the series and seventh of the season.
Gallegos, McPeek and Alee Rashenskas followed with hits. Rashenskas delivered Esparza-Gallegos with Emil Gray’s sacrifice fly to center field scoring McPeek before Russell closed the door on a strikeout.
Rachael Dehlinger (2-0) kept the Terriers off the scoreboard over the first four frames after yielding just two hits, that in the first inning before getting out safely on a double play. Dehlinger retired nine of 10 batters she faced over the next three frames before being touched for a pair of back-to-back hits in the bottom of the fifth inning. Caroline Smith took over the circle with no outs and runners in scoring position and both went on to score.
After the Terriers added a run in the sixth to draw to 6-3, Smith closed the door retiring four straight batters as Army won its fourth straight game and six of its last seven. Smith scattered five hits and yielded a run over three innings in the circle. Dehlinger pitched four innings and was touched for four hits and two runs.
Army collected eight hits off Russell with McCravey, Esparza-Gallegos, and McPeek each with two hits along with scoring twice and driving in a run.
“These games were huge for us both for our position on the conference standings and also with our offense (20 hits and 13 runs in the nightcap win) having such a big day on Saturday,” noted Army coach Michelle DePolo.
“We came out with a good offensive and executed well. I was very proud of how well the team came out and stayed strong until the very last out. That was exactly what we set out to do.
Esparza-Gallegos led Army in the weekend series batting .583 (7-for12) with five runs and four RBI. Gray hit .455 (5-for-11) with five RBI and two runs scored. McCravey stroked a batting average of .385 (5-for-13) with five RBI and five runs scored. Rashenskas and Perez each drove in three runs.
Army outhit the Terriers 23-13 batting .354 along with a .973 fielding percentage. In the circle, Smith posted a 2-0 mark to include a shutout over 14.1 innings of work.
The Black Knights return to action Tuesday when they visits Siena for a non-league doubleheader. Army then returns home to host Bucknell in a three-game series April 18-19.