Bush pitches 1-hitter in Broadneck's win

Bruins down St. Mary's, 7-0, as junior righty flirts with no-hitter

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March 29, 2002|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Amy Bush wasn't perfect, but the Broadneck pitcher was very close.

The junior right-hander allowed just one hit and struck out 12 to lead the host Bruins to a 7-0 victory over St. Mary's in Annapolis yesterday.

Bush, who had a no-hitter through 4 2/3 innings and threw 110 pitches, was pitching at less than full strength after bruising her ribs in a car accident two weeks ago and catching the flu.

"I was in a flow," said Bush, who collected her first win of the season. "I was in my mode."

Only the swift feet of Saints freshman Marie Oben ruined Bush's bid for her first no-hitter. After Bush struck out the first two St. Mary's batters in the top of the fifth inning, Oben slapped a grounder that she beat out for an infield single.

"I was kind of mad," Bush said of the hit. "That could've been my first one."

Broadneck coach Jim Ware said he has never had a pitcher complete a no-hitter in the nine years he has guided the program, but he wasn't surprised that Bush came close to pulling it off.

"When she gets in there, she has this tremendous intensity," Ware said. "She's worked really hard all winter, and I think that's what allowed her to come out here with very little practice."

The Bruins, who will take their 2-0 record to the Cavalier Classic tomorrow, provided Bush with more than enough run support by recording 12 hits and scoring all seven runs between the second and fourth innings.

With two outs and the bases loaded in the second, senior Lindsay Woody laced a single to left field off Saints sophomore Whitney Eikenberg (0-2) to drive in senior Ashley Verbeek for a 1-0 lead.

Katie Schall added another run in the third inning when the junior lifted a sacrifice fly to left field, allowing junior Erin Woods to score from third base.

In the fourth, Broadneck padded the lead to 7-0. Woods drilled a single to center field to drive in two runs.

A fielding error pushed across another run, and Verbeek's two-out single to center field scored two more runs.

"I thought our offense was good today," said Verbeek, who went 2-for-4. "And when [Bush] is overpowering, that makes it much easier for us."

St. Mary's dropped to 0-2, but coach Marilyn Sherrane wasn't terribly disappointed considering how dominating Bush was on the mound.

"It's an honor to bat against a good pitcher," Sherrane said. "I respect a good pitcher. We need more of them."

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