Lady Bears Hold Notre Dame to Three Hits in Sweep

BEL AIR, MD – Alyson Chiaramonte (Staten Island, NY/Moore Catholic) tossed a one-hitter and Lisa Scheer (Bayside, NY/Mary Louis) followed with a two-hitter as the St. Joseph's College softball team cruised to 12-0 and 10-1 victories over the College of Notre Dame of Maryland on Sunday afternoon, boosting their overall record to 12-4 on the season.

Caitlyn Kakavas (Bayside, NY/St. Agnes), named AD3I and USCAA Player of the Week earlier this week, paced the Lady Bears at the plate driving in six runs and now leads the team with 16 on the season. 

Scheer scored a team-high four runs, knocking a pair of hits and drawing five walks. Andrea Sideli (Brooklyn, NY/Bishop Kearney) rapped two hits and drove in three runs on the afternoon. Danielle Marino (Maspeth, NY/Mary Louis) and Millicia Malvasio (Brooklyn, NY/Bishop Kearney) each scored three runs with two hits.

St. Joseph's returns to Padavan-Preller Field for a four-doubleheader home stand over the next week. The Lady Bears host cross-borough rivals Brooklyn College on Tuesday, April 12th with first pitch scheduled for 4 p.m.

Game 1 – St. Joseph's 12, Notre Dame (Md.) 0 (5 inn)

Kakavas opened the scoring with a sacrifice fly in the top of the first inning scoring Marino and the Lady Bears would add another run on a Gator error.

The two-run cushion was more than enough for Chiaramonte who allowed only three base runners all game. Chiaramonte struck out six and walked one, en route to picking up her third shutout of the season, and improving her perfect record in the circle to 9-0.

St. Joseph's added two more runs in the second on a Malvasio double and a Marino single. The Lady Bears posted five runs in the third powered by two-run doubles by Scheer and Kakavas and an RBI double by Emily Palmieri (Staten Island, NY/St. John's Villa).

In the fifth, Kakavas roped another two-run double, capping a 2-for-2 game with two doubles, a walk and five RBI.

Game 2 – St. Joseph's 10, Notre Dame (Md.) 1 (5 inn)

St. Joseph's drew three straight walks to lead off the game and load the bases. Chiaramonte, Kakavas and Palmieri each drove in a run as the Lady Bears took a 5-0 lead and never looked back. Kakavas would finish the game going 0-for-2 with a run and RBI, snapping her nine-game hitting streak, the longest by a Lady Bear this season.

The Lady Bears tacked on two more runs in the second, on a two-out, two-run double by Sideli. St. Joseph's added a solo run in the fourth on a Chiaramonte sacrifice fly and another two runs in the fifth on a fielder's choice and a Megan Moran (Syosset, NY/St. Dominic's) double.

Lisa Scheer remained in control in the circle, improving her record to 3-4, striking out three and scattering three walks. Her only blemish came on back-to-back hits in the third inning, scoring the Gators only run on the afternoon.

The Lady Bears scored 10 runs on only five hits as a result of 12 walks issued by the Notre Dame pitchers.