BY ANDREW PENACHO // APRIL 20, 2015 //
It was a freshman that stole the show on Senior Day. Freshman Kevi Oatway hit a walk-off three-run double in the final inning Sunday to lead Curry over Salve Regina, 3-2, in Game 1 of a double header in Milton.
Curry came out swinging in the bottom of the seventh with a leadoff double by sophomore Marissa Bruno. Next came a blooper by senior Ariel LaRosa over the head of the first baseman, followed by a walk to sophomore Kelly Duggan.
Oatway drilled an opposite-field double, clearing the bases and bringing Curry’s record to above .500 in conference play at 8-7.
Salve pitcher Nicole Parry gave up just six hits overall, and retired the first 10 batters she faced. Parry walked only one and struck out four.
“She was throwing a lot outside and we had to go to right field, but we were struggling with it,” Oatway said.
Said Curry head coach Bruce Weckworth, “Our senior captains (Taylor Ahearn and Allie Carver) stepped up and said as we were going up to that inning to bat, ‘Come on ladies! Put it all out there.’ And the kids did and responded.”
Other than the final inning, it was all Salve.
Curry junior Amy Nolan broke up Parry’s perfect game in the fourth with an infield single.
Salve also had their bats working, with 12 hits—four in the top of the sixth, when they were able to plate two runs. Salve had multiple chances to grow a sizeable lead throughout the game, but could not. They left 10 women on base; four in scoring position.
Ahearn had a solid pitching outing for Curry. She struck out five and gave up no walks. Of the 12 hits allowed, four were bunt singles.
“We had a couple of mistakes in the field that we probably could of made plays on,” Weckworth said.
Things to Know
- The win capped a three-game win streak, the team’s longest all season.
- If it weren’t for Oatway, Salve sophomore Kara O’Riley would have been the player of the game offensively. She had two singles and a double, which led off the sixth inning. O’Riley then scored the game’s first run.
- Curry dropped the second game of the double-header, 8-3. LaRosa finished 2-for-2 with a pair of RBI. The Colonels managed just four hits. Pitcher Mikayla Lambert took the loss, giving up four runs in 2.2 innings.