Lady Cougar Softball
Lady Cougars Split a Pair on Spring Trip
written by Dave Parsons, Sports Information Director
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CLERMONT, Fla. (3-19-2012) - The Mount
Vernon Nazarene University women's fastpitch
softball team split a pair of games on the
team's annual spring trip on Monday
afternoon as the Lady Cougars fell 10-0 to
Augustana (S.D.) University and then bounced
back to beat Midland (Neb.) University 4-2
at the National Training Center.
The first game of the day was a pitchers'
duel through the first three innings with
NCAA Division II No. 23 Augustana (18-3)
holding a slim 1-0 lead after scoring the
lone run in the top of the first inning.
However, in the top of the fourth inning,
the Lady Vikings sent 13 batters to the
plate and registered eight hits in the
inning as Augustana scored nine times in the
frame to take a 10-0 lead. One error in the
inning opened the door for five of the runs
to be unearned.
The Lady Cougars managed just one hit in the
game - a leadoff single by senior outfielder
MacKenzie Shaw in the bottom of the first
inning. Shaw also drew a walk, while senior
first baseman Jenn Gulley was hit by a
pitch. The only other base runner was
sophomore outfielder Lindsey Minor, who
reached on an error in the bottom of the
Sophomore right-hander Ashley Riffell (1-1)
suffered the loss as she allowed eight hits,
one walk, and eight runs (four earned) over
3.1 innings with three strikeouts. Senior
right-hander Meagan Stott tossed the final
1.2 innings and gave up five hits and two
Janelle Trautmann earned the win for
Augustana as she allowed just one hit and
one walk over five innings with nine
strikeouts. She also paced the offensive
attack by going 3-for-4 with two RBI.
In the second game, the Lady Cougars found
themselves trailing 2-0 to Midland heading
to the bottom of the third inning. Then,
freshman catcher Morgan Wade doubled in a
run in the bottom of the third inning and
came around to score on a throwing error to
knot the score at 2-2.
MVNU took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the
fourth inning when junior pitcher Jill
Wildermuth reached on an error to lead off
the inning, moved to second on an infield
single by junior catcher Kayleigh Williams,
advanced to third on a wild pitch, and came
around to score on an RBI ground out by
The Lady Cougars tacked on an insurance run
in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Back-to-back singles by junior second
baseman Brittney Kuhn and Wade started the
inning and Kuhn later came around to score
on a double by junior third baseman Kelsey
Berryman to increase MVNU's lead to 4-2.
would prove to be all the run support that
Wildermuth (3-1) (left) needed
as she limited the Lady Warriors to just
seven hits, three walks, and two unearned
runs over seven innings with one strikeout
on her way to picking up the win for the
Meanwhile, Kerra Grantski took the loss on
the mound for Midland as she gave up eight
hits, two walks, four runs (two earned) over
six innings with five strikeouts.
Wade and junior catcher Kayleigh Williams
led MVNU with two hits apiece, while Autumn
Gilbreth had two hits for the Lady Warriors.
MVNU will be back in action on Tuesday with
two more games. The Lady Cougars will face
Savannah College of Art and Design (Ga.) at
3 p.m. and Midland again at 7 p.m.