Junior Michelle Foster Reaches 100-Hit Milestone in Second Game
WILMINGTON, Del. – Junior outfielder Michelle Foster (Overbrook H.S./West Berlin, N.J.) drove in the game-winning run in the second game with a bases-loaded single in the bottom of the seventh inning as Goldey-Beacom College (7-9) rallied to earn a split of a non-conference doubleheader against Millersville University (16-5) at the Jackson Athletic Complex on Wednesday afternoon.
The Lightning, who have won six of their last eight games, dropped the first contest by a 2-0 margin before scoring seven runs in the final four innings of the nightcap to take an 8-7 victory over the Marauders.
After Millersville tied the second game at 7-7 in the top of the seventh inning on a single by sophomore Cara Nance (Wauconda H.S./Island Lake, Ill.), the Lightning used a pair of walks along with two base hits to score the game-winning run.
Junior third baseman Ashley Zaccaria (Gloucester City H.S./Gloucester City, N.J.) led off the inning with an infield single. After she advanced to second base on a sacrifice bunt from sophomore Asia Ellis (Lenape H.S./Marlton, N.J.), the Lightning loaded the bases on back-to-back walks before Foster won the game with an infield single.
The Marauders and the Lightning exchanged a run in the first inning before Millersville took a 2-1 lead in the second inning after Nance scored on a double steal attempt. With one out in the third inning, the Marauders upped the advantage to 3-1 on an RBI single by sophomore catcher Gabbie Berry (Norristown Area H.S./Norristown, Pa.).
In the fourth inning, junior outfielder Ginely Ortiz-Marrero (McCaskey H.S./Lancaster, Pa.) extended the margin to 5-1 when she drove in a pair of runs with a double down the left field line.
But, the Lightning answered by scoring four times in the bottom of the fourth inning to tie the game at 5-5. With one out in the inning, junior utility player Roni Peters (Leonardtown H.S./Leonardtown, Md.) drove in a run on a fielder’s choice to trim the deficit to 5-2. After an error loaded the bases, the Lightning added another run when freshman infielder Marissa Berry (Tulpehocken H.S./Bernville, Pa.) scored on a wild pitch.
Freshman second baseman Madison Newhouser (North Schuylkill H.S./Ashland, Pa.) tied the game at 5-5 when she hit a single to center field that scored Foster and Peters.
An RBI single by sophomore infielder Ashley Cantiello (Bristol H.S./Bristol, Pa.) regained a one-run edge for the Marauders in the top of the fifth inning before the Lightning took back the advantage in the bottom of the inning with two runs.
In the first game, the Marauders took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when sophomore second baseman Danielle DiFilippo (Hatboro-Horsham H.S./Hatboro, Pa.) scored on a fielding error by the Lightning. They added an insurance run in the top of the seventh inning when Ortiz Marrero drove in a run on a sacrifice fly to left field.
Sophomore pitcher Sarah Bertoni (Greater Nanticoke H.S./Nanticoke, Pa.) scattered four hits en route to earning her fifth shutout of the season while striking out six hitters. She also upped her record to 8-2 while not walking a batter.
However, she earned the loss in the nightcap after giving up one run on three hits in 1.2 innings of relief. Meanwhile, Ortiz-Marrero led the Marauder offense with two hits, two runs and three runs batted in. She also stole two bases in the second game, upping her season total to 11 stolen bases.
Foster was one of four Lightning players to record three hits in the doubleheader split while also contributed a run scored and two runs batted in. In addition, her game-winning hit in the second game marked the 100th hit of her college career to make her the 11th player in school history with 100 or more hits.
Peters also earned the victory in relief during the second game after allowing just one earned run in 3.2 innings of work with a pair of strikeouts. She also extended her hitting streak to six straight games after recording three hits with two runs and a stolen base.
The Lightning, who have played 14 of their first 16 games at home, will continue a six-game homestand on Thursday afternoon when they host the University of the Sciences in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference doubleheader at 2:30 p.m.