Softball Splits A Pair With John Carroll
ALLIANCE, Ohio - - Mount Union's softball team split a pair of games with John Carroll in an Ohio Athletic Conference series Tuesday afternoon at 23rd Street Field in Alliance, Ohio.
The Purple Raiders won 6-5 (10 innings) in the second game of the double-header and fell 9-0 (6 innings) in the first game.
With the split, the Purple Raiders improve to 16-5 overall and 6-2 in the OAC, while the Blue Streaks are 14-6 overall and 6-2 in the conference.
In the second game of the day, senior Rachel McAninch (West Jefferson/West Jefferson) came on in relief for the Raiders and pitched 7.2 innings and struck out four to earn her ninth victory of the season.
Senior Alex Mayo (Greenville/Ansonia) hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Raiders the dramatic 6-5 victory.
Ally Kleinhans hit an RBI-double in the top of the first inning to give the Blue Streaks a 1-0 lead.
Senior Kristen Gromes (Navarre/Fairless) blasted her fourth home run of the season in the bottom of the first inning to tie the game at 1.
The Blue Streaks added two more runs in the top of the third inning to take a 3-2 lead.
Junior Brittany Papp (Uniontown/Green) led off the bottom of the third inning with a single to center field. Freshman Tara Spencer (Loveland/Loveland) came on as a pinch runner for Papp. Senior Marissa Earl (Massillon/Washington) drew a walk and Spencer and Earl advanced to third and second respectively after a double steal. Spencer came around to score on an error to cut the Blue Streaks lead to 3-2 after three innings.
John Carroll would add another run in the top of the fifth to lead 4-2. The Raiders would add a run in the bottom of the fifth inning and would trail 4-3 heading into the bottom of the seven inning.
Papp sent her first home run of the season of the right center field fence to tie the game at 4 and sent the game to extra innings.
Morgan Robinson scored an unearned run in the top of the 10th inning to give John Carroll a 5-4 lead.
Freshman Megan Okuda (Gibsonia, Pa/Pine-Richland) tied the game at five with an RBI double in the bottom of the 10th inning. Mayo hit an single through the right side of the infield to score freshman Jess Moracz (Westlake/Westlake) to give the Raiders the 6-5 victory in 10 innings.
In the first game of the day Rachel Byrnes tossed a shutout for the Blue Streaks and struck out 10 to earn her 10th victory of the season.
The Raiders had a tough time mustering up any offense as they only managed four hits.