Lady Cougar Softball
Lady Cougars Fall Twice in MCC Opener at
written by Dave Parsons, Sports Information Director
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (3-30-2012) - The Mount
Vernon Nazarene University women's fastpitch
softball team dropped a pair of games at the
University of Saint Francis (Ind.) on Friday
afternoon in the visiting Lady Cougars'
Mid-Central College Conference opener as
MVNU fell 4-0 in the first game and then 7-6
in eight innings in the second game.
Saint Francis (10-10, 4-0 MCC) jumped on the
scoreboard with a pair of runs in the bottom
of the first inning in game with an RBI
double by Melissa Harber and a run-scoring
single by Kinzie Gardner.
remained that way until the bottomof the
sixth inning when Saint Francis strung
together three more hits to plate two more
runs to extend the lead to 4-0. Abby White
had an RBI single, while Meghan Flanary
drove in the other run with a ground out.
MVNU (6-11, 0-2 MCC) managed just five
hits in the game with senior outfielder
MacKenzie Shaw collecting two of them.
Junior pitcher Jill Wildermuth had the Lady
Cougars' only extra base hit of the game
with a pinch hit double with two outs in the
top of the seventh inning.
Gardner, and White each had two hits to lead
Saint Francis, which stranded 12 base
runners in the game.
right-hander Ashley Riffell (2-4) suffered
the loss on the mound for MVNU as she gave
up eight hits, one walk, and four runs over
six innings with eight strikeouts.
Kortney Holliday (2-5) earned the victory
for Saint Francis as she tossed a five-hit
shutout with five strikeouts and no walks in
her seven innings of work.
game was a back-and-forth affair that saw
both teams take the lead more than once
before the game ended in dramatic fashion.
Saint Francis again jumped out to an
early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first
inning on RBI singles by Harber and Meghan
After the visiting Lady
Cougars cut the lead to 2-1 with an unearned
run in the top of the second inning, Saint
Francis answered with two more runs in the
bottom of the third inning to go in front
4-1. Stephanie Whitman and Jackie Beilfuss
led off the inning with back-to-back solo
home runs to centerfield.
responded with three runs in the top of the
fourth inning as the result of three Saint
Francis errors to knot the score at 4-4.
Shaw had the only RBI in the inning when she
drew a bases-loaded walk.
the lead did not last for long as Harber hit
an RBI double and Whitman followed with a
run-scoring triple to give Saint Francis
back a 6-4 lead in the bottom of the fourth
The score remained that way
until the top of the sixth inning when
junior catcher Kayleigh Williams plated a
run with a fielder's choice and junior
second baseman Brittney Kuhn drove in
another run with an RBI single to tie the
game at 6-6.
Neither team scored
again until the bottom of the eighth inning
when Saint Francis pushed across the winning
run with two outs when Harber scored on a
wild pitch after reaching on a single and
advancing to third on a single by Amy
Morrison as the host Lady Cougars prevailed
Wildermuth started on the mound
for MVNU and allowed eight hits, four walks,
and six runs over 3.1 innings with two
strikeouts. Senior right-hander Meagan Stott
(0-3) tossed 4.1 innings of relief and gave
up just four hits and one run with four
strikeouts, but she took the loss as a
result of the wild pitch in the bottom of
the eighth inning.
Beilfuss started and lasted 5.2 innings for
Saint Francis as she gave up seven hits, one
walk, and six runs - all unearned - while
striking out three batters. Morrison (3-0)
tossed the final 2.1 innings and earned the
victory in relief as she allowed just one
hits to go with one strikeout.
Offensively, Shaw and freshman outfielder
Deanna Dill each collected two hits for
MVNU, while Harber went 3-for-5 with three
runs scored and Whitman, Morrison, and
Alyssa Kumpfmiller each registered two hits
apiece for Saint Francis.
Cougars will return to action on Saturday
with another MCC road doubleheader at Bethel
(Ind.) College that is scheduled to start at