St. John Fisher swept visiting Elmira on Sunday, 8-0 and 3-0, as the Cardinals celebrated Senior Day. With the wins, the Cardinals improve to 17-5 overall and 3-1 in Empire 8 play.
Lindsey Thayer tallied 30 strikeouts -- 15 in each game -- over 12.0 innings from the circle. The freshman pitcher improves to 10-3 on the year with an impressive 0.73 ERA. It is Thayer's first no-hitter and the program's first since 2004 when Amanda Herberger recorded a perfect game.
Fisher 8, Elmira 0 (5 innings)
The Cardinals put together a six-run second inning to fuel the offense. Jessica Smyrski got things going with a double to right center. Kristina Balsano put runners on first and second with a single to left field. Smyrski later scored on a wild pitch and a Katie Mazierski single to the shortstop. Meghan Burns brought in three runs on a longball over the left-center field fence. Emma Savas bunted for a single then stole second and rounded out the scoring for the inning on a Karlie Neale single to left field.
Fisher earned the deciding run in the third inning when Balsano scored on an error by the Elmira catcher.
Thayer relinquished just one walk in a complete-game effort, while striking out every other batter.
Fisher 3, Elmira 0
Fisher jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning and didn't look back, recording the sweep in the nightcap.
Mazierski singled on a bunt to start the Cardinals' offense and moved over to second on a Jennifer Knaak sacrifice bunt. Burns stayed hot, singling up the middle to bring in Mazierski. Burns later scored when Savas singled to left field. The freshman made it all the way to third base on a fielding error by the left fielder.
The Soaring Eagles had their chance in the fourth inning to cash in. Emily Carlin hit a flyball that dropped in front of center fielder Knaak for a single. Elmira put runners on first and second with two outs when Chelsea Storch laid down a bunt that stopped directly on the third baseline. Thayer closed the inning with a strikeout, however.
Fisher earned an insurance run in the third inning when Knaak tripled to right field -- her second of the afternoon -- and the junior scored on a Lauren Owens single to left field.
Thayer allowed four hits and didn't record a walk in the win.
On the day, Savas led the offense, going 4-for-5 with one run and one RBI. Mazierski finished 4-for-6 with two runs and one RBI.