DANVILLE, Ky-- The Mount St. Joseph softball team took to the field at Centre College looking to continue their momentum from their successful spring break trip to Florida. The Mount's return to the field was delayed due to some weather issues this past week. While they waited more than a week to return to the field the Lions showed very little rust.
In game one the Lions sent freshman standout Sarah Miller (Fischers, IN/St. Theodore Guerin) to the mound. The Lions ace would not dissapoint, retiring the first ten Colonel hitters she faced. In the bottom of the fourth inning with one out, Miller made her lone mistake of the game. She left a ball out over the plate and it was driven over the fence for the Colonels lone run of the game. All told her line was 7.0 innings of 6 hit, one run ball while striking out 4 Colonels hitters.
Game one was a quiet one for the Lions offense, as they entered the 6th inning still seeking their first run of the ball game. Hayley Hudson (Hamilton, OH/Ross) led the inning of by reaching on an error, she advanced to second on a groundout by Savannah Sturgill (West Harrison, IN/East Central). Miller stepped in to the box a with an opportunity to help herself and did so with a single advancing Hudson to third base. Thats when Brandy Bunch (Mason, OH/Mason) stepped to the plate and delivered the hit of the game for the Lions, driving a pitch over the left centerfield fence for her first homerun on the season.
Bunch's homerun, combined with the stellar pitching of Miller led the Lions to a 3-1 victory.
The Lions were able to carry some momentum over from game one, opening up the scoring in the top of the first inning. A two-out walk by Sturgill was folled by a double down the right field line by Miller opened the scoring. The score remained 1-0 until the top of the fourth inning when the Lions would add a pair of runs, of of the bat of Gracie Woodyard (Plainfield, IN/Avon). Woodyard was able to add another RBI, her third of the game in the top of the 6th inning.
Brianna Kauf (Orrville, OH/Orrville) took the hill for the Lions in game two and was able to hold the Colonels to only one run over the opening six innings of play. The seventh though would provide to be a test though for Kauf. Following an error to open the inning, she proceeded to walk the next two batters loading the bases. Game one starter came in to try and shut the door for the Lions, with a huge defensive play from Woodyard she was able to do so. The games final out was recorded after a fly out to centerfield with a runner on third base, a would be sacrifice fly was shut down by Gracie. She was able to catch the ball and fire a strike home to nail the tying run at the plate, securing a 5-4 win for the Lions. Kauf got the win going 6.0 innings allowing 6 hits and 4 runs.
The Lions will get Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play underway on Saturday as they welcome the Spartans of Manchester to Cincinnati, Ohio and the Kinder Morgan Softball Complex. Follow along to live stats at MSJsports.com and be sure to follow @MSJ_athletics on social media!