Lady Cougar Softball
Lady Cougars Split MCC Doubleheader with
written by Dave Parsons, Sports Information Director
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MOUNT VERNON, Ohio (4-14-2012) - The Mount
Vernon Nazarene University women's fastpitch
softball team split a Mid-Central College
Conference doubleheader with Goshen (Ind.)
College on Saturday afternoon as the Lady
Cougars dropped the first game 5-4 and then
bounced back for a 3-2 win in the nightcap
in action at Cougar Field.
The first game
went back and forth with both teams scoring
a run in the first inning. The visiting
Maple Leafs (14-23, 4-12 MCC) manufactured a
run in the top of the first inning when
Melanie Meyer singled through the right side
and then stole two bases before coming
around to score on a single by Melissa
MVNU (8-21, 1-11 MCC)
responded in the bottom of the first inning
when senior outfielder MacKenzie Shaw led
off with a single to leftfield, moved to
second on a stolen base, advanced to third
on a ground out to the right side, and came
around to score on an RBI single with two
outs by freshman outfielder Morgan Wade
knot the score at 1-1.
regained the lead 2-1 on a run-scoring
triple by Meyer in the top of the third
inning, the Lady Cougars again tied the
score at 2-2 on a two-out RBI single by
junior catcher Kayleigh Williams.
Then, in the top of the fifth inning, the
Maple Leafs got run-scoring singles from
Christine Stubblefield and Jana Beitler and
took advantage of an MVNU error to plate
three runs and go on top 5-2.
Lady Cougars tried to rally as they scored
one run in both the bottom of the sixth and
seventh innings to pull within 5-4, but MVNU
left the potential tying and winning runs on
base when the final out was made. Williams
and junior second baseman Brittney Kuhn each
drove in a run for the Lady Cougars to pull
them within one run.
right-hander Meagan Stott (1-5) suffered the
loss for MVNU as she allowed 11 hits, one
walk, and five runs with one strikeout.
Sophomore right-hander Ashley Riffell tossed
the final two scoreless innings and retired
all six batters she faced in a row with two
coming on strikeouts.
Grace Ispas (5-5) earned the win for the
Maple Leafs as she scattered seven hits,
three walks, and four runs over seven
innings with five strikeouts.
Williams paced the Lady Cougars' offense by
going 2-for-3 with two RBI. For Goshen,
Meyer, Hershberger, Beitler, and Kat Berg
each collected two hits apiece in the game.
In the second game, the Maple Leafs
again jumped out to an early lead as Goshen
pushed across two runs in the top of the
first inning as Berg had a two-out, two-run
triple after MVNU had committed two errors
to extend the inning.
remained 2-0 in favor of the Maple Leafs
until the bottom of the third inning when
the Lady Cougars took advantage of three
walks to push across a run to pull within
2-1 on a single by freshman catcher Morgan
Then, in the bottom of the
fifth inning, Wade had another RBI single
and a second run came around to score on a
wild pitch as MVNU took its first lead of
the game and then held on for the 3-2
Riffell (3-9) earned the win
on the mound for the Lady Cougars as she
scattered five hits and one walk over seven
innings with two strikeouts.
Koshmider (3-9) took the loss for Goshen as
she gave up four hits, six walks, and three
runs over five innings with three
strikeouts. Grace Ispas tossed the final
inning and retired all three batters she
Wade led the MVNU offense
attack by going 2-for-3 with two RBI, while
Berg was 2-for-3 for Goshen with two RBI.
The Lady Cougars will return to action
on Thursday when they will host Grace (Ind.)
College in another MCC doubleheader that
will start at 3 p.m.