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Errors costly as unbeaten Del Tech sweeps Skipjacks

Chesapeake commits three miscues in each end of doubleheader

Monday, March 28, 2011

GEORGETOWN, Del. – Three errors in each end of Friday’s women’s softball doubleheader ruined the Skipjacks’ shot at ending Delaware Tech’s perfect season.

The Roadrunners (16-0) defeated Chesapeake College, 13-5 in five innings, in the opener with a seven-run fifth inning that included five unearned runs. Del Tech then edged the Skipjacks, 9-8, in the nightcap as Taylor Oliphant drew a bases-loaded, one-out walk from losing pitcher Amber Labille.

Del Tech scored four runs in the fourth inning – three of them unearned – to erase a 4-3 deficit in Game 2.

"We didn’t make a whole lot of errors. We just made them in bad spots," said Chesapeake head coach Durrie Hayes. "We didn’t get good jumps on fly balls; we didn’t get to bases on time on steals. We just weren’t sharp defensively."

Kelsi Robinson took the loss in the opener, allowing 13 runs (but only seven earned) on 14 hits with five walks and one strikeout. Tiffeny Ricks led Chesapeake’s seven-hit attack in the opening by going 2-for-3 with a double while Robinson and Becca Wooten (RBI) also had doubles.

Ricks was 2-for-4 with four RBI in the nightcap, including a three-run, sixth-inning triple that pulled the Skipjacks within 8-7. Chesapeake (9-10) tied the game in the top of the seventh as Sarah Spicher (2-for-3, three RBI) doubled and Janean Lowenberger (3-for-4) drove in pinch-runner Lavin Kulina with a two-out single.

Melony Thompson started Del Tech’s game-winning rally in the bottom of the seventh with a leadoff walk and moved to second on Kelsey Oliphant’s sacrifice bunt. After Hayes elected to walk Alexis Oliphant intentionally, Labille issued consecutive walks to Yasmin Davis and Taylor Oliphant to end the game.

Becca English (2-for-4, double) and Anna Morris (2-for-2, walk, hit by pitch) joined teammates Spicher, Ricks, and Lowenberger with multi-hit games for the Skipjacks.

Chesapeake plays at CCBC-Catonsville Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. in a doubleheader that should play a pivotal role in the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference race.

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