Softball Splits First Two Games To Open Season

Senior Marissa Earl
Senior Marissa Earl

KISSIMMEE, Fla- Mount Union's softball team split its first two games of the season defeating Transylvania (Ky.) 9-0 (5 inn.) then fell 3-0 to No. 1 ranked Montclair State (N.J.) Sunday at the Rebel Spring Games in Kissimmee, Fla.

Against Transylvania, senior Marissa Earl (Massillon/Washington) gave the Raiders a 1-0 lead in the first inning as she singled to center field which drove in senior Kristen Gromes (Navarre/Fairless). Gromes led off the inning with a single then proceeded to steal second base. 

Earl plated her second RBI of the game in the fourth inning as she tripled to right center which again drove in Gromes. 

Sophomore Leigh Siedlak (Westerville/Westerville South) and freshman Megan Okuda (Gibsonia, Pa/Pine-Richland) each drove in a run for the Purple Raiders. 

Senior Rachel McAninch (West Jefferson/Jefferson) allowed just two hits and struck out five over 4.0 innings to pick up her first win of the season.  

In the second game, the Raiders had a tough time mustering up any offense against the top ranked Montclair State as Alex Hill pitched a complete game one hitter and struck out 15 in the victory. 

Siedlak had the only hit for the Raiders. 

Mount Union (1-1) returns to the field on Monday with two games against Geneva (Pa.) and the Coast Guard (Conn.) with the first pitch scheduled for 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. respectively. 

Mount Union 9, Transylvania 0 (3/10/2013 at Kissimmee, Fla.)
Transylvania........ 000 00 -  0  2  2      (0-5)
Mount Union......... 103 5X -  9  9  0      (2-0)
Pitchers: Transylvania - Hulsman; Young(4) and Hamilton. Mount Union - Rachel McAninch;
Michelle Stiltner(5) and Megan Okuda.
Win-Rachel McAninch(1-0)  Loss-Hulsman  T-10:30 am  A-69
Weather: Partly Cloudy, high in low 80s

Montclair St. (N.J.) 3, Mount Union 0 (Mar 10, 2013 at Kissimmee, FL)
Mount Union......... 000 000 0 -  0  1  1
Montclair St. (N.J.) 010 020 X -  3  9  2      (2-0)
Pitchers: Mount Union - Rachel McAninch; Michelle Stiltner(5) and Megan Okuda.
Montclair St. (N.J.) - Alex Hill and Alisha Cumberton.
Win-Alex Hill(2-0)  Loss-Rachel McAninch  T-1:32  A-67
McAninch faced 4 batters in the 5th.