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AHN puts it together in mercy-rule shutout

The Jaguars excel at pitching and hitting in a 10-0 victory over Tampa Catholic on a combined one-hitter.

By THOMAS SIMONETTI
Published April 5, 2005


TAMPA - Sometimes at practice Academy of the Holy Names concentrates on hitting and sometimes it focuses on fielding.

Al Peacock coaches that way with the hopes that it will all come together, like the way it did Monday when the Jaguars blasted Tampa Catholic 10-0.

Academy needed only six innings to beat the Crusaders (5-8) as the mercy rule shortened the game. The bats were alive for the Jaguars, who led 4-0 after three innings and used a big five-run fourth inning to put the game well out of reach.

Meanwhile the Academy's pitching was lights out, with starter Kayla Suskauer and reliever Bethany Wagner combining for a one-hitter.

"I think they knew the plan going in," Peacock said. "We decided we're going to start taking it one game at a time. Preparation is a real key."

Academy got on the board in the second inning when Megan Cott and Brittany Villa had run-scoring hits. In the third inning the Jaguars scored runs on two Tampa Catholic errors.

In the fourth, Academy (11-2) added five runs, then the game ended in the sixth when the Crusaders walked in a run.

Suskauer (8-1) pitched four innings, striking out eight and giving up one hit. She walked three.

Wagner came in for the final two innings and didn't give up a hit. She struck out three.

"We are trying to have a lot of fun," Peacock said. "Pitching was outstanding. Both pitchers played well. Eleven strikeouts in six innings is pretty good.

"And I haven't seen any team hit the ball the way we have."