The Mount St. Joseph University softball team has headed south for their annual spring break trip to Florida. They will play eight games over the next five days, in the form of a double-header a day. Today that trip got off to a 1-1 start, that would be highlighted by a perfect game pitched by Bri Kauf (Orrville, OH/ Orrville) in game two.
In game one it would be Paige Kiesewetter (Piqua, OH/ Miami East) taking the hill for the Lions. She but together a solid start going 6.0 innings of 4 hit, 3 run ball, while striking out 4. In the seventh inning she gave way to Danielle Nichelson (Glencoe, KY/ Gallatin Country). Nichelson pitched 1.2 innings allowing two runs (one earned) and picked up the tough luck loss for the Lions.
Offensively the Lions were lead by leftfielder Morgan Hoehn (Cincinnati, OH/ Colerain) who went 3 for 4. Another Lions who had a solid outing at the plate was Katie Tarter (Fairfield, OH/ Fairfield) who went 2 for 4 with a double and a run scored.
The game would go into extra innings and the Lions would take the lead in the top of the 8th and look to put away St. Josephs in the bottom of the inning. The would have no such luck as St. Joseph's would fight back to score two of their own, defeating our Lions 5-4.
In game two the Lions would face off with Farmingdale St. and this time they would come out victorious. Due to having to use their number two starter in relief in game one, the Lions would turn to Briana Kauf in game two, and boy would she not disappoint. In her first start of the season Kauf would throw 5.0 perfect innings, striking out three. She would also get a complete game as the Lions would win by mercy rule 9-0.
Offensively the Lions were extremely balanced as all but one position player would notched at least one basehit. Leadoff hitter Morgan Kain (Batesville, IN/ Batesville) paced the offense going 2 for 3 with 3 RBI, and 2 runs scored, a double and a stolen base. Another offensive standout was Kiesewetter who had one hit, and it was a big one. She hit a three-run walk off home run in the bottom of the fifth inning that brought on the mercy rule.
The Lions will continue their florida trip tomorrow with games against Dubuque and St. Scholastica.