Freshman Angela Roman collected more than half of visiting Prospect's RBI when the Knights stunned Mid-Suburban East softball leader Buffalo Grove 9-4 on Tuesday.
Roman, who went 2-for-4 with 5 RBI, belted a two-out 3-run homer in the fifth inning to give the Knights a 9-1 lead.
It was Roman's second homer of the season. She also hit one against Fremd last Saturday.
The big cushion proved plenty for senior Michelle Korf (4-8), who struck out five and did not walk a batter.
It was the third win in five games for Prospect (6-16, 4-9).
The Knights led 6-0 after three innings.
"We got on them early," said Prospect senior Meghan Doyle, who had 1 of the Knights' 9 hits. "We were solid on offense and defense the whole game (no errors). And we strung together hits. We've been trying to do that all season."
Multiple hitters for the Knights were Casey Lenski (2-for-4, double) and Ally Schuldt (2-for-4) while Michele Molini and Maggie Pancini each had singles.
"We've paid the price where we have not been able to put hits together," said Prospect coach Jim Adair. "This is the best time of the season to come around. We talked all season about how we expected to play well. The big difference is that we're starting to string hits together."
Caitlyn Catino (2-for-4,), Erin Barton (2-for-4), Amanda Salzman (2-for-3) and Katie Conley (2-for-3, double) were multiple hitters for Buffalo Grove (11-7, 7-4), which owns a 2-game lead over second-place Elk Grove (18-10, 6-7) in the MSL East.
Conant 3, Schaumburg 2: Host Conant (11-7, 6-5) scored 2 runs in the bottom of the seventh to give sophomore Kim Zaucha (5-2) the win.
Alissa Wachal led off the bottom of the seventh with a double and scored on DeeDee Durr's base hit.
Sarah Thompson eventually came home with the winning run on a fielder's choice by Rachel O'Malley, who doubled earlier in the game
Elise Ambrose went 2-for-3 for the Cougars, who received 1 strikeout and no walks from Zaucha.
Dana Giannelli hit a solo homer to give Schaumburg (15-5, 7-4) a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning.
The Saxons went ahead 2-1 in the top of the seventh when Roxanne Kakareka doubled home Felde, who had singled.
Felde (5-3) had 2 strikeouts and 2 walks for the Saxons.
Elk Grove 8, Hoffman Estates 1: Sophomore Aleece Duffy and senior Elisa Payne each went 3-for-4 and sophomore Melissa Picchi doubled for the host Grens (18-10, 6-7).
Elk Grove senior Brianna De Silvia (5-1) threw a 6-hitter with 3 strikeouts and no walks.
Natalie Biddle (1 run) and Kajal Dalal (double) each went 2-for-3 for the Hawks (3-17, 3-9).
Rolling Meadows 5, St. Viator 4 Host Rolling Meadows (14-11) used three pitchers to earn its first three-game winning streak of the season.
Sophomore Lauren Hattory went the first three inning, followed by winning pitcher Hannah Whidden (2 innings) and Sara Brunlieb (2 innings), who gave up 1 hit with 4 strikeouts for the save. Brunlieb retired the final six batters she faced.
Grace Skorin (2-for-4, 3 RBI) had a 2-run single in the fourth inning while Kayla Wagner (1-for-2) also singled in a run in the same inning.
Jenny Watson also went 2-for-3 with a double for the hosts while Viator was led on offense by Sam Hogan (2-for-4, double), Taylor Noll (2-for-3) and Krystal Harris (triple).
Michelle Presslak had a 2-run homer for Viator (6-20) in the fifth inning.
Wheeling 11, Taft 3: Sara Kern(double, RBI), Jackie Resnick (triple, RBI), Nikki Mikosz (3-for-4, double, 2 RBI), Katie Quagliano (double, 2 RBI), Anne Janulis (2-for-2, RBI), Emily Walker (2-for-3, double, RBI), Kaitlyn DeBusk (double, 2 RBI) and Alexa Fishman (triple, RBI) led the offense for host Wheeling (7-15). Quagliano earned the win on the mound.
Maine West 28, Maine East 1 (5): Gina Larucci (3-for-5, 6 RBI, 5 runs) and Sadie Argus (4-for-4, 4 runs, 2 RBI) each hit home runs for visiting Maine West (13-5, 6-2) in the CSL North game.
Other top hitters for West were Holly Wengerski (3-for-6, 3 runs, 3 RBI), Tara Nykiel (3-for-5, 3 runs, 3 RBI), and Brie Montmarquette (3-for-4, 4 RBI, 4 runs).
Nykiel earned the win by throwing a 1-hitter and striking out six.
Christian Liberty 17, Lake Forest Acad. 1: Megan Sullivan (4-4) allowed 3 hits in 3 innings for the win, lowering her ERA to 1.03.
Multiple hitters for visiting Chargers (5-9, 2-4) were Beth Cunningham (4-for-4, Double, 4 RBIs, 3 run), Jenn West (2-for-3, RBI, 3 runs) and Hannah Miller (2-for- 4, 3 RBI, 1 run).Copyright © 2014 Paddock Publications, Inc. All rights reserved.