May 4, 2013
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -
The Providence College softball team (23-26-1, 9-12 BIG EAST) split a doubleheader with the Syracuse Orange (22-28, 9-12 BIG EAST) on Saturday, May 4 in Syracuse, N.Y. The Friars, by virtue of BIG EAST conference tiebreaking procedures, have clinched a berth in the BIG EAST Softball Championship. The tournament will be begin Thursday, May 9 and conclude Saturday, May 11 in Tampa, Fla.
In game one, sophomore Sarah Kitterman (Houston, Texas) broke a scoreless tie with a solo home run, her seventh of the season, to lead off the third inning for the Friars. Later in the inning, freshman Kiarra Baldassari (Denville, N.J.), sophomore Kelsi Luttrell (Mission Viejo, Calif.) and senior Jessie Bryant (Marlborough, Mass.) had back-to-back-to-back singles, including an RBI single for Bryant. After senior Stephanie Kiesel (Ramona, Calif) was a hit by a pitch to load the bases, sophomore Shanelle Harrell (Irvine, Calif) reached base on an error, allowing another run to score, increasing the Friar lead to 3-0. An RBI single by sophomore Kristie Dederick (Camarillo, Calif.) and sacrifice fly by junior Marie Flego (Little Silver, N.J.) would help build a 5-0 Friar lead before the half inning was completed.
The Orange would get one of the those runs back in the bottom of the third, but pull no closer, dropping the first game of the day by a 5-1 score.
Senior Corinne Clauss (Davie, Fla.) pitched a complete game allowing one run on four hits, while striking out three batters, to pick up her 14th win of the season.
In game two, the Friars took a 1-0 lead in the first inning after an RBI single from Kiesel brought in Baldassari, who reached base on a throwing error. The Orange would tie the game (1-1) after Veronica Grant walked, stole second and scored on an RBI double from Jasmine Watson. The Orange would tack on another run in the inning to grab a 2-1 lead over the Friars. In the bottom of the third, Syracuse would score six runs on five hits to extend the lead to seven, 8-1.
The Friars would cut into the Syracuse lead, scoring five runs in the top of the fifth inning on a three-RBI single by Luttrell and a two-run homerun by Kiesel, her sixth homerun of the season to cut the deficit to two (8-6). Syracuse would add three more runs on two doubles the following inning, taking the lead 11-6, before ultimately earning the win, 11-7. Clauss took the loss for the Friars after allowing seven runs on seven hits.
The Friars will close out the weekend series with Syracuse Sunday, May 5 with a single game slated to begin at noon. A Friars win coupled with a Georgetown loss to the Seton Hall Pirates would earn the Friars the fifth seed. A victory by both the Friars and the Hoyas would land the Friars as the sixth seed, while a Friar loss on Sunday would drop the Friars to the seventh seed.