CLERMONT, Fla. -- The Mount St. Joseph softball team turned in another outstanding day of softball on Wednesday. They opened their day by defeating Gordon 6-2, followed by a 4-1 win over Ursinus. The sweep pushed the Lions record to 5-1 on their spring break trip to Florida.
In game one the Lions turned the ball over to freshman Kamryn McCool (Brookville, Ind./Franklin Co.). McCool was outstanding for the Lions going 6.0 innings while striking out a career-high 7 opposing hitters. She did allow a pair of third inning runs, but did not surrender any further. Brianna Kauf (Orrville, Ohio/Orrville) came in relief in the seventh inning allowing one hit, while retiring the side to clinch the win.
Both team struggled in the early going offensively, as the game was scoreless through the first two innings. Gordon would strike first, scoring a pair of runs in the third inning. The Lions would answer back though in the bottom of the fifth inning, exploding for five runs. Gracie Woodyard (Plainfield, Ind./Avon) got the inning started with a one-out basehit, and Olivia Quick (Sunman, Ind./East Central) followed up by reaching on an error. The Lions scored their first run on a wild pitch, which also put Alehia Tucker (Covington, Ky./Holy Cross) on base. Brooke Otto (Brookeville, Ind./Franklin Co.) followed that up with a walk of her own to load the bases. Then Savannah Sturgill (West Harrison, Ind./East Central) stepped to the plate and delivered a two-run single up the middle, giving the Lions a 3-2 lead. After a flyout, Brandy Bunch (Mason, Ohio/Mason) stepped in the box with runners on second and third base with two outs. She laced a single into left field scoring both runners, pushing the Lions out to a 5-2 lead.
The Lions would add another run in the bottom of the sixth inning, but the pitching of McCool and Kauf shutdown the Gordon offense the rest of the way. The Mount secured a 6-1 victory pushing their season record to 8-4.
In game two the Lions would square off with the Bears of Ursinus College. As has been the case for the entire spring break trip, the Lions were ready to play again in this one. Getting the start on the mound for the Lions was sophomore Sarah Miller (Fishers, Ind./St. Theodore Guerin). Miller continued to be dominant for the Lions, she went 6.0 innings, surrendering only 3 hits and 1 run, while striking out 3 Bears. In doing so she moved her season record to a team best 3-0, which is tied for second best in the HCAC this season. With the game in hand in the bottom of the seventh inning, the Lions turned the ball over to Alaina Maddy (Cincinnati, Ohio/Northwest). Maddy is an outstanding option for coach Goderwis out of the bull pen as she currently owns the best ERA in the conference at 0.98. This outing was no difference, she worked the seventh inning allowing only one hit.
The Mount opened the game quickly, scoring two runs in the top of the first inning. Tucker led off the inning with a double down the left field line, and scored one out later on a double by Sturgill. Who would eventually come around to score as well, advancing to both third base and home plate on passed balls.
After the quick start with both teams scoring in the first, the offenses would go dormant until the top of the fourth inning. Thats when the Lions would begin playing add-on, Woodyard drove in Bunch with an RBI single in the fourth. That was followed in the fifth inning by freshman Kirsten Jeffries (Brookville, Ohio/Brookville) driving in her first collegiate run, on a base-hit to right field.
The Lions held on as Ursinus never really threatened to score the rest of the way. They secured a 4-1 victory, moving their spring break record to 5-1.
LIONS ON TOP:
Right now The Mount's 9-4 overall record has them sitting atop the HCAC standings in the season's early going. The conference's statistical leader board is littered with Lions names as well.
- Katie Tarter (Fairfield, Ohio/Fairfield) currently sits in fourth place with a .406 batting average.
- The top three spots in on the RBI list are all filed by Lions,Savannah Stugill (11) leads the way, followed by Alehia Tucker and Brooke Otto (8 each)
- The top two spots in ERA are held by Lions, Alaina Maddy (0.98) and Bri Kauf (1.31)
- Sarah Miller is tied for second in wins (3) and fifth in strikeouts (15)
- Alehia Tucker is also second in stolen bases (4)