No. 11 California (Pa.) smashes nine home runs in sweep of Edinboro
CALIFORNIA, Pa. -- Junior Shelby Lia, sophomore Breanna Morris and freshman Natalya Smarra each posted two homers on Friday as the No. 11 Vulcans totaled nine homers in a doubleheader sweep of Edinboro at Lilley Field in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) West action, winning 20-4 and 7-0.
With the sweep, California (Pa.) improved to 17-1 this season with a 3-1 mark in league play. Meanwhile, Edinboro has now lost nine of its last 10 games to fall to 3-13 overall and 0-2 in conference action.
In Game 1, the Vulcans scored 15 of their 20 runs on a staggering six homers -- with five in one inning -- marking their highest single-game total since slugging eight homers in a 19-7 victory at Slippery Rock on April 10, 2004 (10 combined in doubleheader). Cal U posted five homers in a game twice last season and led the PSAC with 49 homers, its highest total in more than a decade.
The Fighting Scots took 1-0 lead in the top of the second with a solo homer before the Vulcans scored 13 runs in the bottom of the inning, hitting back-to-back homers twice. With one out, Smarra belted a three-run homer before Lia made it back-to-back homers. Morris then lined a triple before scoring on a two-run homer by freshman first baseman Lindsay Reicoff. Cal U later loaded the bases with two outs before a two-run double by freshman left fielder Erica Vallecorsa and an RBI single by Smarra. Lia then posted her second homer of the inning, which scored three runs, before Morris made it back-to-back homers.
Cal U continued to increase its lead in the third, scoring seven runs on six hits. With the bases loaded and one out, the trio of Lia, Morris and Reicoff collected back-to-back-to-back RBI singles. Freshman Haley Bashada, who was making only her third collegiate plate appearance, then delivered a pinch-hit grand slam to stretch the lead to 20-1. Edinboro added one run in the fourth and two runs in the fifth before the collegiate run-rule halted the game before the bottom of the fifth.
Lia, who was batting leadoff, finished 3-for-4 with two homers, a team-high five RBIs and three runs scored. Morris went 4-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored, while Smarra finished 2-for-3 with three runs scored and four RBIs. Reicoff went 3-for-4 with three RBI and two runs, while sophomore center fielder Shelby Heyd collected two hits and scored three times.
Freshman Alex Sagl earned the victory after allowing four runs (two earned) on five hits and four walks. She registered her second double-digit strikeout performance of the year, finishing with 10 in 5.0 innings (92 pitches). Edinboro starter Amanda Shields suffered the loss after being roughed up for 13 runs (five earned) in just 1.2 innings (60 pitches).
In game two, Sagl went 3-for-4 with a three-run homer as the designated player. Vallecorsa collected a pair of hits and RBIs, while Morris and Smarra each finished with a solo homer and two hits.
Cal U took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second on a two-run single by Vallecorsa. The Fighting Scots advanced a runner to second base in both the fourth and sixth innings before the Vulcans sealed the victory with five runs in the bottom of the sixth. Smarra and Morris each posted solo homers before Sagl later added a three-run homer, her third of the year.
Junior Hope Spancake tossed a complete-game shutout to improve to 7-0 this season. She scattered five hits and issued no walks in 7.0 innings (99 pitches), while posting six strikeouts. Fighting Scots senior Roxanne Herrington suffered the loss after allowing seven runs (six earned) on 13 hits in 6.0 innings (106 pitches).