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Hawks swept by Monroe

April 07, 2003|by JACK HILL III

The Hagerstown Community College Hawks were hurt by big innings from the Monroe (N.Y.) Tribunes in both games of their softball doubleheader.

The Hawks were swept 4-1 and 9-4 on Friday afternoon.

"We gave them a couple of extra outs and a couple of extra pitches a few times and that came back to bite us," HCC coach Brian Beck said. "We're getting better each game. It is a long season, so we have a lot of games to play. ... Both teams are very similar teams. I thought we played very well today."

Monroe (4-0) erased a 1-0 deficit during the first game by scoring four runs in the top of the fifth inning to take the lead for good over HCC (5-7).

Monroe pitcher Caitlin MacPherson did not walk a batter as she gave up one run and four hits in seven innings to get the complete-game win. MacPherson kept her pitch count very low, making no more than 11 pitches in any inning and finishing with 61 total.

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HCC pitcher Chelsea Jolliffe allowed three earned runs and six hits in a complete-game loss.

Freshman Amanda McGhee and sophomore Adriane Mallow had two hits each for the Hawks.

"We had timely hits today," Monroe coach Robb DiGiacomo said. "Caitlin MacPherson pitched well and changed speeds well. In the second game, Colleen Cauley came on in relief and did a nice job. The fielders played well behind all of our pitchers."

Cauley pitched four scoreless innings of relief during the second game to get the victory for the Tribunes.

Erin Hammersla ripped a two-run triple, McGhee smacked an RBI triple and Mallow added a sacrifice fly for the Hawks' four runs.

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