No. 2 Spalding slips past Towson, 1-0

April 13, 1994|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Sun Staff Writer

On the surface, it didn't seem like much, but Towson's softball team had reason to celebrate yesterday.

Fourth inning, two out and nobody on base. Archbishop Spalding senior Carrie Parsons delivered a fastball that junior Katie Walker grounded up the middle for a single.

A base hit against Spalding.

That's more than two other opponents have done this season. Not exactly the shot heard 'round the world, but it was newsworthy.

Parsons also gave up a double to Nicole Walker in the sixth, but what amounted to an offensive uprising compared to recent Spalding games wasn't enough to prevent the No. 2 Cavaliers (7-0) from emerging with a 1-0 victory at Randazzo Park.

Towson (2-1) came within inches of tying the score in the sixth when Jessica Clerkin lined a pitch to right with Walker on third and two out. But right fielder Maria Drury was playing shallow, and her throw to first beat Clerkin by half a step.

Drury had thrown out Clerkin on a similar play in the first inning. "They usually don't even hit the ball to me," she said.

With that kind of defense behind her, Parsons was unreachable. She struck out 14, walked none and retired 10 of the last 11 batters.

She also scored the only run off Towson junior Katherine Bevans, who gave up two hits, including an RBI single to Nicki Trumpler in the second inning.

Spalding pitchers have allowed five hits in the past five games. For the season, they have five shutouts and have given up two runs.

"I can totally rely on this pitching staff," said first-year coach Linda Taylor, who has started Parsons and senior Rachel Synowski three times each and freshman Crystal Ray once. "They're very consistent, they're very dominating and we're very deep and talented."

Parsons and Ray have thrown no-hitters in a span of four days. Synowski, who will sign with UMBC tomorrow, allowed two singles Friday in an 8-0 victory over McDonogh. Parsons gave up one hit in a 3-1 win over Institute of Notre Dame in the Centennial Tournament.

Rare is the occasion when a batter gets a good swing against this trio.

The Cavaliers are scoring, too, though yesterday's output was their lowest. Trumpler delivered Spalding's 64th run this season.

"I truly thought we could play with Spalding," said Towson coach Paul Becker. "I didn't think they were going to destroy us like they've been doing to some other teams. But they're a good team, and we need to play good teams."

Towson's Laura Schott reached in the third inning on a two-out throwing error, but Parsons struck out Nicole Walker. After Katie's Walker's single in the fourth, Kerry Dunphy bunted into an out.

Parsons struck out the side in the fifth, and the Generals threatened in the sixth when Nicole Walker doubled to right with one out and stole third.

Then came Drury's second big throw of the game.

"This defense is very alert. They know where to throw the ball. They know what they're doing before the ball's even hit," Taylor said.

"She definitely made the play of the game. I gave her the game ball."

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