Lady Cougar Softball
RedStorm Sweeps MVNU in Non-Conference
written by Dave Parsons, Sports Information Director
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MOUNT VERNON, Ohio (4-24-2012) - The Mount
Vernon Nazarene University women's fastpitch
softball team saw its three-game winning
streak come to an end as the Lady Cougars
were swept by the University of Rio Grande
7-3 and 7-3 in non-conference action on
Tuesday afternoon at Cougar Field.
The first game saw each team take turns
plating runs in the first two innings as the
visiting RedStorm (23-18) scored three runs
in the top of the first inning before host
MVNU (10-23) answered with two runs in the
bottom of the first inning on a two-run trip
by junior pitcher Jill Wildermuth to pull
the Lady Cougars within 3-2.
Grande scored a run in the top of the second
inning to extend its lead, but MVNU stayed
within reach at 4-3 when the RedStorm
committed a costly error that allowed a run
The score remained that way
until the top of the fifth inning when Rio
Grande added an insurance run. Then, in the
top of the seventh, the RedStorm tacked on
two more runs to complete the 7-3 victory.
Wildermuth (5-8) suffered the loss for
the Lady Cougars as she allowed 11 hits,
five walks, and seven runs over seven
innings with four strikeouts.
Meanwhile, Allison Mills (10-6) allowed just
five hits, one walk, and three runs over
seven innings without four strikeouts.
Offensively, senior outfielder Jenn
Gulley collected two of the Lady Cougars'
five hits to pace the offense, while Katie
Stewart and Maegen Pendleton led Rio Grande
with three hits apiece.
MVNU took the
lead to start the second game when the Lady
Cougars broke the scoreless deadlock with a
pair of runs in the bottom third inning on
back-to-back singles by sophomore shortstop
Kara Morrison and junior second baseman
Trailing 2-0, the
RedStorm bounced back to knot the score at
2-2 in the top of the fourth and then added
two more runs in the top of the fifth inning
to take the lead 4-2.
MVNU tried to
rally in the bottom of the seventh inning as
freshman outfielder Deanna Dill led off the
frame with a triple. Two outs later, senior
outfielder MacKenzie Shaw line a single
through the left side of the infield to pull
the Lady Cougars within 4-3 as Dill scored.
However, with runners at first and second
base, MVNU was unable to get any closer as
Rio Grande prevailed 4-3.
right-hander Ashley Riffell (4-10) allowed
just five hits, one walk, and four runs over
seven innings with five strikeouts as she
kept the Lady Cougars in the game.
Meanwhile, Sydney Morris (3-3) earned the
win for the RedStorm as she scattered eight
hits and three runs over seven innings with
Shaw, Morrison, and
Kuhn each had two hits to lead MVNU, while
Kaylee Walk had two hits for Rio Grande.
The Lady Cougars will look to bounce
back on Wednesday at 2 p.m. when MVNU will
host Huntington (Ind.) University in a
Mid-Central College Conference doubleheader
that was originally scheduled for last
Saturday but was rained out.