CLERMONT, Fla.—Junior left handed pitcher Ali Sayre (Sylvania/Northview) scattered four hits on her way to a 1-0 shutout over Lesley (Mass.) College and the Heidelberg University softball team defeated Fairleigh Dickinson (N.J.) University, 8-4, today at the National Training Center in Clermont, Fla. The sweep moves the Tri-Color to 6-1.
Against Lesley, Sayre received all the offense she needed before setting foot on the mound. In the top of the first inning, senior first baseman Bessie Artino (Bellevue) drilled a single through the left side of the infield, scoring sophomore center fielder Jamie Wagner (Alvada/New Riegel). Heidelberg failed to capitalize later in the inning with the bases loaded, but Sayre retired 21 of the 27 batters she faced, including seven strikeouts.
Wagner was 2-for-3 at the plate with a run scored and stole a base. Artino was 2-for-4 with an RBI.
In the second game, Fairleigh Dickinson manufactured two runs with a pair of sacrifices in the top of the first innings, but the Berg tied the game in the second as freshman right handed pitcher Erika Jordan’s (Bellevue) smashed a two-run double.
Four consecutive two-out hits in the third inning, including another two-run double, this time by freshman left fielder Ashley Kessler (North Olmsted), paved the way for four runs as the Tri-Color moved to an 8-4 lead.
FSU tallied runs in each of the sixth and seventh innings, but sophomore third baseman Kelly Martz (Roseville, Mich./Lakeview) tripled in two insurance runs in the sixth to ensure the win.
Jordan started the game on the mound, surrendering two runs (one earned) on three hits while striking out three batters. Freshman right handed pitcher Christine Foster (Luckey/Eastwood) worked the last five innings, giving up six hits and striking out three while issuing two free passes.
Artino was 3-for-4 at the plate with one RBI and two runs scored and finished the day 5-for-8. Martz was 2-for-4.
The Berg wraps up its tour of the National Training Center tomorrow with a 9 a.m. game against the University of Wisconsin – Stout and a 1 p.m. game against Fitchburg State (Mass.) University.