BLUFFTON, Ohio-- The Mount St. Joseph softball team traveled to Bluffton to take on the Beavers, in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference double-header. The Lions won game one 13-1 before winning game two 11-4. With the sweep The Mount moves to 19-9 overall, and 8-2 in the HCAC.
In game one the Lions jumped out of the gates fast with a 4-run frame in the top of the first inning. Sarah Miller (Fischers, IN/St. Theodore Guerin) delivered the big hit in the inning with a bases loaded 3-run double.
Bluffton would answer with their lone run on a homerun in the fourth inning. It was Miller's lone blemish in the game, as she went the distance on the mound for her tenth win of the season. Her line was impressive with a complete game 7 innings, allowing 6 hits, and only 1 run while striking out 8 Beavers.
The Lions offense banged out 16 hits in the win. Savannah Sturgill (West Harrison, IN/East Central) went 2-for3 with a homerun, a double, a walk and 2 RBI. Miller and Olivia Quick (Sunman, IN/East Central) each had three-hit efforts in the contest. Brandy Bunch (Mason, OH/Mason) also delivered a pair of hits, a homerun, and 3 RBI.
The Mount got out of the gates quickly again in game two, as the jumped on the board with two runs in the top of the first. Bluffton came right back with a run of their own in the bottom of the inning. The Lions would blow the game open over the next three innings. They were able to score nine unanswered runs.
The offense again was very hot in the game, as they were able to collect nine hits. Miller and Quick each collected a pair of hits in game two. Katie Tarter (Fairfield, OH/Fairfield) and Hayley Hudson (Hamilton, OH/Ross) also were able to collect a pair of hits each.
Briana Kauf (Orrville, OH/Orrville) got the win for the Lions in game two, her seventh of the season.
With the wins the Lions continued to keep pace with the top teams in the HCAC and find themselves firmly in the picture for the HCAC tournament. The Lions will take to the field again tomorrow with a double-header against Franklin.