(CLEVELAND, Ohio) - Freshman pitcher Scotty McGee (Huntington Beach, Calif./Huntington Beach) pitched a complete game and was perfect at the plate to lead the Carnegie Mellon University softball team to its first University Athletic Association (UAA) victory. The win came by a 7-1 score at Case Western Reserve University in the second game of a doubleheader on Saturday, April 7. The Spartans held on for a 5-4 win in game one and are now 15-7 and 4-2 for the year while the Tartans are 6-14 and 1-7.
Game 1: Case Western Reserve 5, Carnegie Mellon 4
The Tartans trailed 5-0 before scoring four runs in the sixth inning to get back in it but Ilissa Hamilton was able to retire the side in the seventh inning for the Spartans to earn her seventh win of the season and second of the four-game series against the Tartans. Freshman Gwen Delacruz (Laguna Nigel, Calif. / Aliso Niguel) went the distance for the Tartans, surrendering five runs on eight hits.
The Tartans got on the board in the sixth when freshman left fielder Emily Song (Mount Arlington, N.J. / Roxbury) doubled in Delacruz. Freshman shortstop Megan Hu (Katy, Texas / Seven Lakes) followed with a double down the left field line scoring both freshman designated player Amanda Schwartz (Fairfield, N.J. / West Essex Regional), who reached on a fielder's choice, and Song. The fourth run came home when Hu tagged up from third on a deep foul fly ball by freshman third baseman Piper Johnson (Riverside, Calif. / Martin Luther King).
Game 2: Carnegie Mellon 7, Case Western Reserve 1
The bats came alive in game two for the Tartans as the Cardinal and Gray connected for 12 hits with four coming off McGee's bat and three off freshman first baseman Audrey Pederson's (Bedford, N.H. / Bedford) bat.
While trailing 1-0 after the first inning, the Tartans scored two runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings, before their final run in the seventh. Pederson doubled in both runs in the fourth while Johnson tripled in a run and McGee recorded an RBI single in the fifth. A pair of unearned runs crossed the plate for the Tartans in the sixth after freshman catcher Meghan Holquist (Ellicott City, Md. / Mount Hebron) singled and freshman center fielder Summer Faille (Thousand Oaks, Calif. / Westlake) doubled early in the inning.
The final run of the game came when McGee singled to right field with one out and advanced to second on an error. Schwartz pinch ran for McGee and scored on a double to right center by Pederson who knocked in three runs for the game.
In the bottom of the seventh with one out and two runners on base for the Spartans, senior right fielder Rae Lasko (Diamond Bar, Calif. / Diamond Bar) threw out a runner trying to score from second base for the second out of the inning. With runners at second and third, McGee then recorded her eighth strikeout of the game for the final out and the Tartan victory to move her record to 4-4 for the season.
The Tartans will next travel to Saint Vincent College (18-6, 6-0 PAC) in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, for a weekday doubleheader on Wednesday, April 10. First pitch is slated for 3:30 p.m.