Lady Cougar Softball
Lady Cougars Drop a Pair in Florida
written by Dave Parsons, Sports Information Director
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CLERMONT, Fla. (3-20-2012) - The Mount
Vernon Nazarene University women's fastpitch
softball team dropped a pair of games on
Tuesday as the Lady Cougars fell 7-0 to
Savannah College of Art & Design-Savannah
and 14-2 to Midland (Neb.) University at the
National Training Center.
In the first game of the day, MVNU (4-5) had
its offense held in check by the pitching of
Sydnee Schorr from SCAD-Savannah (12-0). The
Lady Bees' hurler retired the first 15
batters in a row that she faced before
junior pitcher Jill Wildermuth reached on an
error leading off the top of the sixth
inning. One batter later, sophomore
infielder Kara Morrison collected an infield
single for the only hit that the Lady
Cougars would have in the game.
Meanwhile, SCAD-Savannah, which just missed
cracking the NAIA Top 25 poll this week as
the highest receiving votes team, scored all
the runs it would need with a single run in
the bottom of the first inning. The Lady
Bees added five runs in the bottom of the
fifth inning to break the game wide open as
they sent eight batters to the plate and
Olivia Kline had the big blow with a grand
slam. Then, SCAD-Savannah capped off the
scoring in the 7-0 victory with another run
in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Wildermuth (3-2) took the loss on the mound
for MVNU as she gave up 12 hits, two walks,
and seven runs over six innings of work.
Schorr finished with 10 strikeouts and no
walks as she tossed all seven innings to
notch the one-hit shutout for the Lady Bees.
Next, the Lady Cougars turned their
attention to Midland (Neb.) University in
the nightcap of the days action. Midland
(4-12) came into the game - its third of the
day - fresh off two one-run victories over
Taylor (Ind.) University.
MVNU wasted no time getting on the
scoreboard in the bottom of the first inning
when senior outfielder MacKenzie Shaw walked
to lead off the frame, moved to second on a
sacrifice by Morrison, advanced to third on
a ground out by junior infielder Brittney
Kuhn, and scored on an RBI single by
freshman catcher Morgan Wade to give the
Lady Cougars a 1-0 lead.
After Midland took a 2-1 lead with a pair of
runs in the top of the third inning, MVNU
responded with a run in the bottom of the
third inning when Shaw led off the inning
with a single and came around to score on an
RBI single by Kuhn to knot the score at 2-2.
The Lady Cougars loaded the bases with just
one out as they attempted to regain the
lead, but back-to-back strikeouts ended the
That would prove to be the final runs that
MVNU would score, while Midland took the
lead for good with three runs in the top of
the fourth inning and then adding two more
runs in the top of the sixth inning for a
7-2 lead. The Lady Warriors closed out the
scoring by sending 11 batters to the plate
and scoring seven times in the top of the
seventh inning to cap off the 14-2 victory.
Senior right-hander Meagan Stott (0-2) took
the loss for the Lady Cougars as she gave up
22 hits, one walk, and 14 runs (11 earned)
over seven innings with three strikeouts.
Sammy Hislop earned the victory for Midland
as she scattered eight hits, three walks,
and two runs over seven innings with six
Shaw and freshman first baseman Grace
Basinger each had two hits to lead MVNU,
while Kathy Curtis went 5-for-5 with four
RBI to pace Midland. Ashley Willard and
Jennie Sayker also added four hits each for
the Lady Warriors.
The Lady Cougars will be right back in
action on Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. when
they will face Midland again, and then MVNU
will take on St. Catherine (Minn.)
University at 11 a.m.