SOFTBALL: Heating Up: Lady Dragons earn second straight 14-0 softball win

The Lady Dragons didn’t allow the cold weather to slow down their bats, as they pounded out 11 first-inning runs against Mercyhurst Prep on Saturday, en route to their second consecutive 14-0 victory.

Just one run would have been enough for Warren pitcher Alexa Bupp, who was three outs away from a no-hitter before the Lakers recorded an infield single in the fifth inning. In addition to allowing just one hit, Bupp struck out 11 and didn’t issue a walk.

Warren wasted no time putting runs on the board in the first inning. Kaitlin Ishman began the inning with a walk, and Jaimie Eaton immediately brought her in with a triple. Bupp, Meghan Loutzenhiser and Paige Wilson followed with three consecutive singles, making the score 3-0. Despite recording two straight outs, the Dragon bats kept rolling as Kathryn Lobdell tripled in two runs and Eaton later doubled in two more. Warren added its final runs of the inning on back-to-back triples from Bupp and Loutzenhiser.

“Coming out early and stringing together 11 runs in the first inning was a great start,” said Warren head coach Mark Bupp. “The kids built on the momentum of the first two or three batters. The big hits in that inning were the Eaton and Lobdell triples. After a great start, to get two outs and then be able to score more runs is important. I was happy some young kids got in the game, and Chloe (Meddaugh) got her first varsity hit.”

The Dragons added three more runs in the fourth inning. Eaton knocked in a run – her fifth of the game – with an infield single and Bupp knocked in her second on a fielder’s choice groundout. Wilson smashed a double to bring in the final run of the game.

Bupp came out in the top of the fifth looking to record a no-hitter, but a sharply hit ball to shortstop gave Mercyhurst Prep its first and only hit. Eaton made a strong diving play to prevent the ball from reaching the outfield, but had no shot of recording the out. Bupp easily stranded the runner at first base to end the game.

The win was a complete group effort from Warren, as Ishman, Eaton, Bupp, Loutzenhiser and Wilson recorded multi-hit games. In addition to Eaton’s five RBI, Bupp and Lobdell each drove in two, and Kennedy Walter scored a pair of runs.

“We’ve got to keep doing the same things, and stay aggressive,” Bupp said.

Warren (3-0, 2-0 in region play) has started its season in tremendous fashion, as the Dragons have outscored opponents 34-2. The Dragons travel to Strong Vincent on Monday.

WARREN (14): Ishman, 2b, 2-3-2-0, Eaton, ss, 4-3-3-5, Bupp, p, 4-2-2-2, Loutzenhiser, 1b, 3-2-3-1, Wilson, c, 4-1-3-2, Blair, rf, 4-0-0-0, Mineweaser, 3b, 2-0-0-0, Wees, ph, 1-0-1-0, Lobdell, lf, 2-1-1-2, Walter, cf, 1-2-1-0, Meddaugh, ph, 1-0-1-0. Totals 28-14-17-12

MERCYHURST PREP (0): Skarupski, lf, 2-0-0-0, Plott, 2b, 2-0-0-0, Szerwinski, cf, 2-0-0-0, Wojnarowski, 3b, 2-0-1-0, Wawrzyniak, 1b, 2-0-0-0, Barbale, c, 2-0-0-0, Breski, p, 2-0-0-0, Lutterbaugh, ss, 1-0-0-0, Cho, rf, 1-0-0-0, Zamiroski, pr, 0-0-0-0.

Mercyhurst Prep 000 00 0 1 1

Warren (11)00 3x 14 17 0

2b-Ishman (W), Eaton (W), Loutzenhiser (W), Wilson (W). 3b-Eaton (W), Bupp (W), Loutzenhiser (W), Lobdell (W). WP-Bupp. LP-Breski.