Three members of the Mount Vernon Nazarene College women's fastpitch softball team will play the final home games of their careers on Tuesday afternoon when the Lady Cougars host the University of Rio Grande in an American Mideast Conference doubleheader at 3:00 p.m.
Seniors Michelle Krone, Shelly Claxon, and Amanda Triplett have played an integral part in the team's success over the past four years. This year, MVNC is 15-17 overall and 8-12 in the AMC. The Lady Cougars have also earned a berth in the National Christian College Athletic Association National Tournament later this week in Marion, Indiana.
Krone, a pitcher from Purcellville, Virginia, has posted a 1-5 record this year with a 4.82 earned run average. In 40 2/3 innings pitched, Krone has struck out six batters and allowed 28 earned runs. The former Loudon Valley High School product, who is in her second year with the team, has a career record of 3-7 in 15 games. She also has a career batting average of .205.
Claxon, a shorstop from Wheelersburg, Ohio, is currently batting .280 with 20 runs scored, 13 RBI, and two doubles while starting all 32 of the team's games. The former standout at South Webster High School has posted a .286 batting average in three seasons at MVNC. She has scored 57 runs and driven in 30 runs.
Triplett, a native of Rockford, Ohio, has played four different positions for the Lady Cougars this season as well as serving as the designated player. The former All-Ohioan at Parkway High School leads MVNC in nearly every offensive category with a .404 batting average, 40 hits, 11 doubles, seven home runs, 19 runs scored, and 30 RBI. For her career, Triplett ranks first in school history in home runs (20), second in batting average (.396), third in doubles (36) and runs batted in (114), and fourth in hits (178).