Sabatini no-hitter highlights busy weekend on softball diamond
Mon, Apr. 19, 2010 - [Softball]

The Loras College softball team split a pair of doubleheaders over the weekend, including a road split with Cornell College and a home split with UW-Oshkosh. Among the highlights of the weekend were Michelle Sabatini's no hitter in Game 1 against the Oshkosh Titans and leadoff hitter Kelsey Techlin hitting safely in every game. Below is a brief recap of each contest.

Game 1 vs. Cornell, Loras 12-Cornell 3 (5 Inn.)

The Duhawks pounded out nine runs on eight hits in the game's first two innings. They cruised along until the Rams scored once in the third inning (when they managed three of their four hits in the game) and twice in the fourth inning with the help of three Loras errors. Kelli Klein earned the win, walking two Rams and striking out one. Kelsey Techlin, Shelby Perkins, Sara Palczynksi, and Klein each had multi-hit games for Loras.

Among the runs scored in the big second inning were Palczynski's grand slam and Klein's solo homerun to center field. Niki Riveral also homered to start the fifth inning.

Game 2 vs. Cornell, Cornell 7-Loras 5

Another early lead for the purple and gold was intact for much of the game until the Rams pushed across five late runs to claim the victory. Two first inning doubles (Michelle Bahl and Tracy Sullivan) came across to score. Then in the second inning, Shelby Perkins and Bahl knocked in three more runs. The top four hitters in the order was 6-for-17 and scored four of the five Loras runs.

The Rams chipped away at the lead with two runs in the bottom of the third inning against Klein, who threw all six innings in Game 2. Two hits to start the innings were followed by two quick outs. Two more singles with two outs in the inning put Cornell on the board.

They added five runs on six hits in the decisive sixth inning. Three straight hits to start the inning against Klein set the stage for the 2 RBI single by Rasor that was the difference in the game. Klein struck out three and allowed double digit hits for the first time this season.

Game 1 vs. Oshkosh, Loras 1-Oshkosh 0

Michelle Sabatini and Niki Rivera were the difference for the Duhawks in Game 1 against the Titans on Sunday afternoon. The duo provided everything Loras would require to win the opener in a game that took just one hour and one minute to play.

Rivera's solo homerun with one out in the bottom of the second (her third of the season) was one of only two hits the Duhawks produced against Oshkosh starter Tatum Schultz, but it was enough to get the "W". Kelsey Techlin's bunt single in the next inning was the only other base hit by either team.

Sabatini did the rest, facing 24 batters in the first Duhawks no-hitter since 2004 when Leslie George won 1-0 over Eureka. Only the final of Sabatini's three walks in the top of the seventh inning reached second base, and no Titan went any further than that. The junior from Chicago also struck out two.

The no-hitter didn't come without some defensive work as well. Rivera helped out by catching a couple of line drives and scooping up some ground balls. Kelsey Techlin went back to the warning track once on a fly ball in center field, and Sabatini fielded a hard hit ball at her feet to keep the Titans of the base paths and preserve the historic win for Michelle.

Game 2 vs. Oshkosh, Oshkosh 9-Loras 0

Sabatini returned to the mound in Game 2, but the Titans had other plans for the encore. A couple of extra base hits and hit batters allowed Oshkosh to post three runs against the Loras starter in Game 2 before being relieved by Klein in the second inning. The offensive output continued with four unearned runs against Klein in the third inning, and the Titans would tack on two more in the seventh against Katelyn Jones in her first appearance of the season.

Loras managed four hits, but also committed three costly errors in the field to split the doubleheader and keep them from moving more than one game over .500. The Duhawks have alternated wins and losses in each of their last three doubleheaders.

The Duhawks will play the IIAC leader Simpson College (9-1, 22-7) at Faber-Clark Field on Wednesday. The doubleheader begins at 3:00 PM. Live stats will be available at duhawks.com.

Game 1 vs. Cornell, Loras 12-Cornell 3 (5 Inn.)

The Duhawks pounded out nine runs on eight hits in the game's first two innings. They cruised along until the Rams scored once in the third inning (when they managed three of their four hits in the game) and twice in the fourth inning with the help of three Loras errors. Kelli Klein earned the win, walking two Rams and striking out one. Kelsey Techlin, Shelby Perkins, Sara Palczynksi, and Klein each had multi-hit games for Loras.

Among the runs scored in the big second inning were Palczynski's grand slam and Klein's solo homerun to center field. Niki Riveral also homered to start the fifth inning.

Game 2 vs. Cornell, Cornell 7-Loras 5

Another early lead for the purple and gold was intact for much of the game until the Rams pushed across five late runs to claim the victory. Two first inning doubles (Michelle Bahl and Tracy Sullivan) came across to score. Then in the second inning, Shelby Perkins and Bahl knocked in three more runs. The top four hitters in the order was 6-for-17 and scored four of the five Loras runs.

The Rams chipped away at the lead with two runs in the bottom of the third inning against Klein, who threw all six innings in Game 2. Two hits to start the innings were followed by two quick outs. Two more singles with two outs in the inning put Cornell on the board.

They added five runs on six hits in the decisive sixth inning. Three straight hits to start the inning against Klein set the stage for the 2 RBI single by Rasor that was the difference in the game. Klein struck out three and allowed double digit hits for the first time this season.

Game 1 vs. Oshkosh, Loras 1-Oshkosh 0

Michelle Sabatini and Niki Rivera were the difference for the Duhawks in Game 1 against the Titans on Sunday afternoon. The duo provided everything Loras would require to win the opener in a game that took just one hour and one minute to play.

Rivera's solo homerun with one out in the bottom of the second (her third of the season) was one of only two hits the Duhawks produced against Oshkosh starter Tatum Schultz, but it was enough to get the "W". Kelsey Techlin's bunt single in the next inning was the only other base hit by either team.

Sabatini did the rest, facing 24 batters in the first Duhawks no-hitter since 2004 when Leslie George won 1-0 over Eureka. Only the final of Sabatini's three walks in the top of the seventh inning reached second base, and no Titan went any further than that. The junior from Chicago also struck out two.

The no-hitter didn't come without some defensive work as well. Rivera helped out by catching a couple of line drives and scooping up some ground balls. Kelsey Techlin went back to the warning track once on a fly ball in center field, and Sabatini fielded a hard hit ball at her feet to keep the Titans of the base paths and preserve the historic win for Michelle.

Game 2 vs. Oshkosh, Oshkosh 9-Loras 0

Sabatini returned to the mound in Game 2, but the Titans had other plans for the encore. A couple of extra base hits and hit batters allowed Oshkosh to post three runs against the Loras starter in Game 2 before being relieved by Klein in the second inning. The offensive output continued with four unearned runs against Klein in the third inning, and the Titans would tack on two more in the seventh against Katelyn Jones in her first appearance of the season.

Loras managed four hits, but also committed three costly errors in the field to split the doubleheader and keep them from moving more than one game over .500. The Duhawks have alternated wins and losses in each of their last three doubleheaders.

The Duhawks will play the IIAC leader Simpson College (9-1, 22-7) at Faber-Clark Field on Wednesday. The doubleheader begins at 3:00 PM. Live stats will be available at duhawks.com.