Big bats power St. John Fisher
Cardinals take two from Pitt-Bradford behind strong offense
OLEAN, N.Y. -- No. 21 St. John Fisher swept Pitt-Bradford on Monday afternoon in a non-conference doubleheader held at St. Bonaventure. With the two wins, Fisher moved to 21-5 overall while Pitt-Bradford fell to 3-22.
In a run-rule shortened five-inning game, the Cardinals found a way to score in each of their at-bats in the opener, including a thunderous eight-run third.
Jennifer Vanek scored first for Fisher, reaching on a walk, moving to second on a sacrifice bunt from Meghan Burns before scoring on a Kaylee Tallman single to center field.
Vanek reached again, this time by virtue of an error by the pitcher followed by Vanek wreaking havoc on the base paths, forcing a throwing error by the pitcher to advance to third. Burns the singled to third base, driving in Vanek.
In the third, the Cardinals got their first two batters on with singles before consecutive foul outs. However with two outs, Fisher scored eight runs, including a three-run home run by Burns and a two-run shot by Leanne Merchant.
Fisher added four runs in the fourth and three in the fifth before the run rule was applied.
Kate Disbrow led the Cardinals with four hits, driving in the first run of the explosion in the third along with two runs of her own. Carissa Carlson, Shelby Marie and Jessica D'Angelo joined Burns, Merchant and Tallman in a multiple hit game, each finishing with two.
Burns led the team with four RBI while Merchant and D'Angelo each scored twice and drove another two scores in. Marie and Jennifer Martin also collected two RBI apiece.
Danielle Leone, the reigning Empire 8 Pitcher of the Week, improved to 12-1 after going three innings of three-hit ball, allowing no runs or walks in the outing, while fanning three Pitt-Bradford hitters.
Lauren Weslowski closed the game in the circle for the Cardinals, pitching two innings with four strikeouts.
In Game 2, Sarah Stefanon got the start for Fisher, collecting her ninth win of the year (9-4) in four innings in the circle, allowing just two-hits and no runs. Stefanon gave up just one base on balls while earning five strikeouts. Rachel Angell pitched the last inning of another mercy-rule shortened game, throwing a perfect inning, including two fanned batters.
The Cardinals yet again had a busy third inning, this time mustering six runs. Merchant was masterful in the inning, hitting a double and a single for two of her three hits. Disbrow also finished a perfect 3 for 3 at the dish, driving in a run while scoring twice. Merchant ended with the inverse, plating two Cardinals while scoring once herself.
Megan Zoerb got in the action with two hits of her own while scoring and driving in one run. Vanek rounded out the Cardinals with multiple hits, going 2 for 2 with two RBI and a run scored.