April 18, 2009

Softball Sweeps Otterbein to Make it Eight Wins in a Row

(ALLIANCE, OH)--Mount Union College's softball team beat Otterbein College 4-0 and 7-4 in an Ohio Athletic Conference doubleheader and regular season home finale at 23rd Street Field in Alliance.

Sophomore Alex Lucak's (Maple Heights/Trinity) two-out double down the left field line drove in the go ahead run in the bottom of the sixth inning as the Purple Raiders scored a 4-3 come from behind victory in game two.

In the first inning, Lucak would walk then later come around to score on a double to right center by junior Meghan Simons (Minerva/Minerva) as Mount Union had an early 1-0 lead.

Otterbein (15-17, 4-10 OAC) took a 3-1 lead in the second inning as Brittany Byers had an RBI single then a throwing error by Mount Union scored another run and put a runner on third who would later score.

Simons would drive in another run on a ground out in the third as Mount Union closed the gap to 3-2 and she would tally her third RBI of the game with a single in the fifth to tie the game. 

Also in the fifth, freshman Ashley Henriques (Canton/GlenOak) would give the Raiders a 4-3 lead with a sacrifice fly RBI, but the Cardinals would tie the game in the top of the sixth taking advantage of the Raiders second error of the game.

Sophomore pitcher Devon Butler (Loudonville/Loudonville) came on in relief and did not allow a run over the final 1.2 innings to pick up the win and move to 8-3 on the season.

In the opener, freshman pitcher Bre Willis (Navarre/Fairless) ran her scoreless innings streak to 19 innings to win her third straight start as she allowed five hits and went the distance in a 4-0 shutout victory.

Sophomore Meghan Allen (Hartville/Lake) led off the third inning with a double, then later came around to score on a Lucak sacrifice fly RBI to make it 1-0.

The Raiders busted the game open with three runs in the fifth inning with the big hit coming on a Mara Palombaro (Boardman/Cardinal Mooney) single up the middle that plated one run then another one came across on an Otterbein fielding error.
 
The Purple Raiders have now won eight games in a row and are 23-13 overall and 9-5 in the OAC.  Mount Union is alone in fourth place in the conference standings, a game back of John Carroll and Muskingum in second place, and plays Tuesday at 3:30 pm at Muskingum.

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