Lady Cougar Softball
Taylor Blanks Lady Cougars in MCC
written by Dave Parsons, Sports Information Director
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UPLAND, Ind. (4-6-2012) - The Mount Vernon
Nazarene University women's fastpitch
softball team was shut out in both games of
a Mid-Central College Conference
doubleheader at Taylor (Ind.) University on
Friday afternoon as the Lady Cougars fell
1-0 and 8-0.
In the first game, MVNU sophomore
right-hander Ashley Riffell (2-6) cruised
through the first four innings before
allowing the host Lady Trojans (19-15, 4-4
MCC) their first hit with two out in the
bottom of the fifth inning. During that
span, she struck out eight batters and the
only base runner to reach was Alyssa
Brodbeck, who was hit by a pitch with two
outs in the bottom of the first inning.
Unfortunately for Riffell and the Lady
Cougars (6-15, 0-6 MCC), MVNU was unable to
generate any scoring of its own despite
opportunities in every inning. The Lady
Cougars left one base runner on in each of
the first three innings before stranding the
bases loaded in the top of the fourth
After MVNU again left a runner on in both
the top of the fifth and sixth innings,
Taylor was able to push across what would
prove to be the only run of the game in the
bottom of the sixth inning. With two outs,
Laura Strode reached on a fielder's choice,
stole second base, and came around to score
on an RBI single by Brodbeck to put the Lady
Trojans on top 1-0.
Then, in the top of the seventh inning, the
Lady Cougars went out in order for the first
time in the game as Taylor claimed the
Riffell took the hard-luck loss on the mound
as she allowed just three hits and one run
over six innings with a season-high nine
Hannah Klebesadel (6-6) earned the shutout
for the Lady Trojans by allowing just four
hits over seven innings with four
Offensively, junior second baseman Brittney
Kuhn had the lone extra base hit for MVNU,
while Riffell, senior outfielder Jenn
Gulley, and freshman outfielder Morgan Wade
each had a single.
The second game was another pitchers' duel
through the first three and a half innings
with neither team able to push across a run.
Then, in the bottom of the fourth inning,
Taylor sent 10 batters to the plate,
collected six hits and one walk, and scored
seven times to take a commanding 7-0 lead.
Then, in the bottom of the sixth inning,
Karon Earley hit an RBI double with two outs
to plate Brodbeck to put the mercy rule in
effect as the Lady Trojans prevailed 8-0.
Junior right-hander Jill Wildermuth (4-6)
started and took the loss as she lasted just
3.2 innings and surrendered nine hits, one
walk, and six runs with one strikeout.
Riffell recorded the final out of the fourth
inning, but not before allowing one hit and
one run. Senior right-hander Meagan Stott
tossed the final 1.2 innings and gave up
three hits and a run.
Earley (5-3) scattered seven hits and two
walks over six innings with five strikeouts
as she tossed Taylor's second shutout of the
day. MVNU stranded eight base runners in the
Offensively, sophomore shortstop Kara
Morrison led the Lady Cougars with two hits,
while Earley and Brodbeck paced the Lady
Trojans with three hits each with Earley
pounding a two-run homer and finishing with
three RBI for the game.
MVNU will return to action on Saturday with
another MCC road doubleheader at 1 p.m. at
Indiana Wesleyan University. Barring a
rainout next Tuesday, that will wrap up what
has been a string of 20 straight road games
for the Lady Cougars.