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      Softball gets out of jams, into wins

      Peter Cooke

      Issue date: 4/10/09 Section: Sports
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      Defense was again the defining factor this weekend in a pair of victories for the Spartan softball team. The Spartans (11-15) were put in several threatening positions in the doubleheader, but, following the old adage "it's better to be lucky than good," were able to weasel their way out of a pair of Wooster bases-loaded situations. The defensive side was not the only part of the Spartans' game that caught a few breaks, as the Spartan offense would capitalize on seven Wooster errors on the day. Errors by the Fighting Scots led to seven runs for the Spartans, giving them a tremendous advantage.

      The Spartans didn't waste time getting on base and scoring. The first game of the doubleheader saw the Spartans take a 2-0 lead in the third while preventing Wooster from scoring after loading the bases twice.

      "Our goal is always to score first. When you have the lead, it takes some pressure off your own pitcher and puts it on theirs. You want to score first and keep scoring in every inning if you can," said pitcher Ruthe Sagartz.

      "It is great to get an early lead - it takes some of the pressure off, but regardless of how big a lead we ever get, I don't want us to stop... I want to score as many runs as possible and not let any of their hitters even get on base," said coach Erin O'Neill.

      O'Neill's words would ring true throughout the dugout as the Spartans gave up just one more hit for the rest of the game. The Spartans then loaded the bases in the bottom of the fifth. First baseman Anneliese Fetterman's line drive single to center field drove in one run; Lauren Wolz's sacrifice fly drove in another, and Mary Kruzka scored on an error, putting the Spartans up 5-0 with two innings to play.

      In the second game, Sagartz led a tenacious Case defense.

      "Maintaining momentum through both games is really important," said Sagartz, "If you win the first and lose the second, it ruins the whole day and it feels like you actually lost both, not just one. So we try and keep our energy going and come out the second game with a bang."
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