IND puts stop to Spalding's win streak, 5-4

April 05, 1995|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special to The Sun

For much of yesterday's game with the Institute of Notre Dame, Archbishop Spalding pitcher Crystal Ray worked on a perfect game.

But this game turned out to be perfect for IND.

Shannon Skopp stopped a 22-game winning streak for No. 2 Spalding with a one-out single in the top of the seventh that gave No. 9 IND a come-from-behind 5-4 victory over the Cavaliers in a Catholic League game at Randazzo Park.

Ray, who no-hit Seton Keough last week, struck out eight as she retired the first 13 batters for IND (4-1, 4-0). Spalding, behind Crystal Henderson (3-for-4, three runs), appeared in command with a 3-0 lead after four.

The perfect game bid ended when Kim Pryce reached on an error in the fifth. Jen Hauck followed with a single before Becka Arnold doubled in both. Three batters later, Jen Trotta singled in Arnold, and an error on the same play brought in Skopp for a 4-3 IND lead.

Henderson singled and later scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game. Spalding (4-1, 2-1) then put runners on first and third with no outs in the sixth, but pitcher Amy Cipolloni escaped.

Kelly Pryce reached on an infield single with one out in the top of the seventh. An errant pickoff throw sent her to third before Skopp, after fouling off six pitches, singled to center to win the game.

IND coach Sandy Altadonna said a loss could have devastated his team for the rest of the season.

Altadonna said the Indians vividly remembered last year's four straight losses to the Cavaliers as Spalding posted an 18-0 record on the way to the Catholic League title -- including a championship victory over IND.

Spalding, whose last loss came to IND two years ago, made three errors and each one led to runs for the Indians.

"Mistakes cost us the game," said Spalding coach Linda Taylor. "You can make one mistake, but when you make two or three mistakes against a team like that, it will hurt you."

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