Amanda Castro's clutch two-out, eighth-inning single drove in the winning run and Colleen Borum turned in another strong pitching performance to catapult the St. Thomas Aquinas College Softball team to 5-2 win over host LIU Post in East Coast Conference action today. LIU Post won the second game, 8-3.
"I didn't think we played very well on Thursday, so the team bounced back today in the first game," said STAC Head Coach Kristen Sullivan. "Colleen kept a very potent lineup in check by hitting her spots and enticing hitters to hit ground balls. Our rally in the eighth inning showed this team's grit."
The Spartans jumped out to a 2-0 lead on solo homers by Caitlyn Francoeur and Ashley Landolina before LIU Post scored a single run in the sixth inning and threatened to win the game in the bottom of the seventh inning. LIU's Leah Mele led off the inning with a game-tying home run but STAC's Briana Keaveney threw out the potential winning run at home with a perfect peg from left field to catcher Amanda Leone to retire the runner.
Castro's deciding single on a 2-2 pitch with the bases loaded broke the 2-2 tie and STAC was able to push across two additional insurance runs. Leone and Francoeur had hits in the rally.
Borum lifted her record to 7-2 with a solid effort. She enticed 13 ground ball outs and benefitted from the excellent defensive play of Melissa Sadler (center field), Francoeur (second base) and Taylor Sullivan (first base). Sadler saved a run in the second inning with a sensational catch when she raced to her left and caught a long drive to right center field.
In the second game, the Pioneers broke open a close game with three runs in both the fifth and sixth innings. For STAC, Sadler continued her hot hitting with three hits and two RBI, while Castro and Kelcy McGeehan chipped in with two hits each.
The split moved LIU's overall record to 19-5 and 3-1 in ECC play.
St. Thomas Aquinas, now 3-1 in conference play and 10-10 overall, next takes on New York Institute of Technology tomorrow in an ECC doubleheader that begins at 1 p.m. at Spartan Field.