MORRISTOWN, N.J. – On Senior Day, senior shortstop Kelly O’Dell had a triple and scored two runs with an RBI, senior center fielder Noelle Grande had a hit and an RBI, while senior pitcher Catherine Eber allowed just one earned run in eight innings pitched as the Screaming Eagles played their final two home games of the season against visiting Rutgers-Newark.
The visiting Scarlet Raiders (11-24) scratched out a 6-5 win in eight innings in the first game and then cruised to a 13-1 victory in the second game. CSE dipped to 11-15 overall on the season.
In between the games, the Screaming Eagles and the CSE Department of Athletics honored the three seniors and their families with a bat-filled procession, flowers and pictures.
Trailing 1-0 in the first game, CSE sophomore Valerie Lasko hit a one-out single to left field. O’Dell tried to sacrifice Lasko to second but a fielding error allowed the runners to safely get into scoring position.
One batter later, Alesandria De Sapio laced a single to left to drive in two runs and give CSE a 2-1 lead.
The Scarlet Raiders plated three runs – one earned – in the next inning to open up a 4-2 lead. CSE escaped with further damage when the defense caught a Rutgers-Newark runner wandering too far off third base for the final out.
CSE picked up a run in the bottom of the second when O’Dell led off with a triple down the left-field line to start the inning. Junior Madellyn Rodriguez followed with an RBI single back up the middle.
The Screaming Eagles tied up the game in the third inning by using some small ball. Right fielder Kristene Brady-Downes led off with a single to left and advanced to second on an error. Second baseman Christina Scolaro sacrificed her to third and Brady-Downes came home on an RBI groundout by senior Noelle Grande.
Eber (3-5) kept Rutgers-Newark off the board into extra innings. But in the eighth, a CSE error and a base hit allowed the Scarlet Knights to send two runs across the plate.
CSE answered with a run of its own in the bottom of the inning on an RBI groundout by Brady-Downes, but Scolaro (who reached on a looper to right) was stranded after the final out.
Rutgers-Newark reliever Liane Drastal (6-9) picked up the victory, allowing two hits in two innings.
The Scarlet Raiders jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning on the back of a two-run homer to right from first baseman Monica Bagan.
CSE answered with a run in the bottom of the inning when Lasko tripled to center and then scored on an RBI single to left by O’Dell.
Rutgers-Newark third baseman Monica Liotto broke the game open with her second homer of the season, a three-run shot down the left-field line.
De Sapio led CSE with two hits in the second game, totaling four hits on the day and extended her current hitting streak to four straight games. Rodriguez, who had an RBI hit in the first game saw her team-high 12-game hitting streak come to an end in the second game. The first baseman has a team-high 25 RBI and is tied with Grande for the team lead in hits (29).
Saint Elizabeth is on the road for its final four games, a pair of NEAC doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday. CSE will be at Gallaudet for an 11 a.m. twinbill on April 27 and then travel to Penn State-Berks for a 1 p.m. doubleheader the following day.