Softball blanks St. Joseph behind pair of no-hitters

by Beacon Staff • April 11, 2007

These lyrics to "Anything You Can Do" were created by Irving Berlin for the musical Annie Get Your Gun. But to sports fans, the lyrics will be forever linked to those Gatorade commercials featuring Michael Jordan and Mia Hamm playing one-on-one sports, chanting back and forth, "anything you can do, I can do better.,"Anything you can do, I can do better; I can do anything better than you."

These lyrics to "Anything You Can Do" were created by Irving Berlin for the musical Annie Get Your Gun. But to sports fans, the lyrics will be forever linked to those Gatorade commercials featuring Michael Jordan and Mia Hamm playing one-on-one sports, chanting back and forth, "anything you can do, I can do better."

A replica of Gatorade's "M.J. vs. Mia" commercial could have been filmed on The Field at Rotch Playground on April 7 and called "Angela vs. Heather."

The new version of the advertisement would have featured Lions pitchers Angela Jorgenson and Heather Drobiarz throwing no-hitters in back-to-back games against St. Joseph College.

Jorgenson, the starter in the first game, struck out eight Blue Jays batters during her seven shutout innings. Drobiarz had the tough task of following Jorgenson's gem from the first game.

All Drobiarz did in game two was take the mound and pitch a nearly perfect game, marred only by one first-inning walk.

Both Jorgenson and Drobiarz did not head into the game expecting to not give up a single hit to St. Joseph College in a combined 13 innings.

"It's not something I expected because I know it's not common," Jorgenson, a junior transfer student from Trinity International University, said of the feat. "If you can do it, it's great. If not, it's not the end of the world."

Drobiarz agreed about not going into the game striving for a no-hitter, but, nonetheless, she said she was a little upset she didn't reach perfection in her outing.

"I didn't expect to have a no-hitter, but I went in there to win," Drobiarz said. "I was happy [about the no-hitter]. I was kind of mad I gave up a walk in the first inning."

The Lions got off to a good start right off the bat in game one when junior Katie Hartman hit a double and then scored on a triple by freshman Nikki Battaglia.

For the next few innings, both teams stayed quiet until the fourth, when junior Lindsay DeStefano stole second and came home on a single driven by sophomore Brittany Cooke.

The first game ended with the Lions on top 2-0 and was a mere warm-up compared to what the team brought out in the second game. With the bases already loaded in the first inning, senior Jodie Jordan hit a game-winning triple, sending all three of her teammates home.

According to junior Mallory Moretti, the hit was a monster, and almost a grand slam.

"It was just a bomb," Moretti said, "and it was great because it boosted our confidence."

Building off of that confidence, the team followed Jordan's lead and went on to score another three runs in the second inning, and then three more.

Emerson's dominance was evident as the Lions mercied the Blue Jays 9-0 and the game was stopped after six innings.

Seated among the top in their conference, the two wins brought Emerson's Great Northeast Athletic Conference record (9-3) to six games above .500. But the squad still has lots of competition in the next two weeks, with the team slated to play 13 games in that time.

Don't expect the aces to form a rivalry.

Drobiarz said there isn't a me-versus-you attitude between she and Jorgenson.

"I think it's a matter of us going out there and pitching the best that we can," she said.

As for the end of the commercial, it can finish with Drobiarz saying anything the Blue Jays did, the Lions could do better.

"There was a lot of talk [St. Joseph College] was going to be good this year," Drobiarz said. "But we kind of let them know they can't compete with Emerson."