Fordham Softball's Season Ends at Seattle Regional
Seattle, Wash. – The 2019 campaign came to a close for the Fordham softball team on Saturday evening under the lights of Husky Softball Stadium as the Rams fell, 1-0, in eight innings to Seattle University. Madie Aughinbaugh went the distance and allowed just the lone run on a sacrifice fly. Fordham will finish its season with a 29-26 overall record.
"Tough way to end our season but I'm so proud of the way our team competed today and this weekend," Head coach Melissa Inouye said, "'I can't say enough about the way Aughie pitched her heart out and helped carry us through this postseason run. Thank you to our senior class for leading us throughout this season's journey; they were a fun group of young women to be around as we had great chemistry and played hard for each other all year long."
Aughinbaugh was again terrific in the circle for the Rams, starting her sixth consecutive postseason contest and limiting the Redhawks to the one run and eight hits with no walks and two strikeouts. Fordham's offense threatened several times but couldn't push across a run against Andie Larkins. Both teams threatened in the early innings but there were a combined four double plays to help each pitcher escape jams.
The Rams ended the first inning with a double play as Madison Cathcart lined out to Gianna Ranieri at first, who then doubled up Ally Choate by beating her to first. The exact same play ended the top of the second with the Rams up to bat. Fordham put runners on the corners after a Maria Trivelpiece single, a Julia Martine sacrifice bunt, and a Kylie Michael single but Sarah Taffet's hard-hit ball went straight to Cathcart at first, who stepped on the bag for the final out. The Redhawks put their first two batters on in the second but Aughinbaugh induced and began a double play and got out of the jam with a groundout.
After a pair of scoreless frames in the third, Molly Roark reached on an error to start the fourth but Gigi Speer, who pinch-ran for the senior, was out at first on Aughinbaugh's line out to shortstop. Seattle put a runner in scoring position with back-to-back singles in the fourth and nearly broke the deadlock but Chelsea Skrepenak saved at least one run with a lunging catch on the run at the warning track. Michael singled in the fifth, advanced to second on an error on the play, and reached third on a wild pitch but she was left stranded, as well.
Skrepemnak led off the sixth with a double down the right field line and Roark walked but the duo was also left on base after a fielder's choice and a groundout. The Redhawks had a runner on second with two outs in the sixth but Aughinbaugh struck out Kaylee Ree looking. Both teams went down in order in the seventh. Storm walked with two outs in the eighth but Roark's well-struck ball fell short and just in front of the warning track in right to end the threat. Seattle's Matriotti singled to lead off the eighth and she was sacrificed over by Olivia Viggiano. Choate struck a single through the left side to put runners on the corners and facing an 0-2 pitch, Cathcart's fly ball to right was just deep enough to score Matriotti by a couple of steps, ending the game.
Michael led the way on the day with a pair of singles in three at-bats, while Roark also reached twice. Skrepenak and Trivelpiece recorded a hit each. Roark and Michael each went 2-for-6 over the two days, while Aughinbaugh pitched to a 1.02 ERA over 13.2 innings.
Aughinbaugh will finish her junior campaign within the top-five of most pitching categories in the program's record book. She became the seventh Ram to reach 100 appearances and fifth to make 75 starts. She is also the third Ram to record at least 50 wins and 50 complete games, and became the fifth player to toss 500 or more innings, as well. She's just the second Ram to tally 25 complete games in a season, as well, behind former All-American Jen Mineau, while her 212 frames this season were fifth all-time.
Skrepenak will finish her career seventh all-time in two categories – with 142 runs scored and 37 stolen bases. She fell just shy of the all-time top-10s for games played and started.
The squad, as a whole, enjoyed a .306 team average, which finishes as joint-third all-time. The Rams came into the weekend with a program-record .312 average. Their .459 slugging percentage is tied for fifth-best, as well.