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Piening Fires Shutout in Nightcap as Blue Hens Split Doublehead

302sports 145 Apr 28

(Glandedn, UD)


DATE: April 27, 2019


MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. – Delaware junior Sarah Piening fired a shutout in the nightcap as the Blue Hen softball team earned a doubleheader split with Charleston Saturday afternoon at Patriots Point.


The Cougars took the opener, 5-2, before Delaware answered with a 1-0 victory behind Piening’s fourth shutout of the year.


The Blue Hens (20-26, 6-11 CAA) got off to a good start in the opener, scoring two runs in the top of the first inning. After Halle Kisamore singled with one out, she came around to score when Brooke Glanden (Lake Forest) followed with an RBI double to rightcenter. One out later Brittney Mendoza legged out an infield single to plate Glanden and give the Blue Hens an early two-run lead.


However Charleston (22-27, 6-11 CAA) got a run back in the bottom of the second, before the Cougars added three runs in the third on a two-run single by Lexee Emanuel and an RBI double by Chandler Sparkman. Charleston then tacked on an insurance run in the fifth when Sparkman delivered an RBI single.


Chayanna Gallardo walked and Hanna Garber singled as Delaware brought the potential tying run to the plate with one out in the seventh, but Cougars relief pitcher Izzy Berouty retired the final two Blue Hens to seal the victory.


Delaware scored the only run of the nightcap in the top of the second as Mendoza reached on an error, stole second, advanced to third on a Cougars error, and scored on an RBI groundout by Gallardo.


Piening would make the lead hold up, as she scattered seven singles to earn her 12th win of the year. Charleston had a runner on first with one out in the bottom of the seventh, before Piening retired the final two batters on a flyout and a fielder’s choice.


Garber and Gallardo each finished with three hits on the day for the Blue Hens, while Glanden and Mendoza added a hit in each game.