DEFIANCE, Ohio-- The Mount St. Joseph softball team traveled to Defiance, Ohio for a double-header against the Yellow Jackets of Defiance College. A dominant pitching performance would help the Lions to overcome a slow offensive day, and earn the Lions a split.
The first game of the double header would be all about pitching. The Lions sent Freshman ace Sarah Miller (Fishers, IN/St. Theodore Guerin) to the mound to open the double-header. She would not disappoint, throwing the best game of her young career in a Lions uniform. Miller was able to mix it up on the mound and keep the Yellow Jackets off balance all game long. She threw a complete-game shutout, her second of the week. Miller allowed only six baserunners the entire game (4 hits, 2 walks), while striking out eight Defiance hitters. It looked as though she might struggle a little bit as Defiance had a runner reach third base in both of the first two innings, but Miller was able to shut them down each time they threatened. All told Miller's line was 7.0 innings, 4 hits, 0 runs, and 8 strikeouts.
Offensively the Lions managed only 4 hits in the contest but thanks where able to provide Miller with a single-run, which was all she needed. Alehia Tucker (Covington, KY/Holy Cross), Olivia Quick (Sunman, IN/East Central), Savannah Sturgill (West Harrison, IN/East Central) and MaKayla Hanes (New Paris, OH/Greenville) were all able to register a single hit in the game. Quick delivered the lone RBI of the game as she delivered a bunt hit in the 1st inning that drove in Tucker.
The Lions were much better offensively in game 2. They were able to bang out nine hits, with Sturgill and Brandy Bunch (Mason, OH/Mason) each delivering 2-hit perfomances. Bunch and Sturgill both also were able to add RBI's. All but two of the Lions starters were able to register a hit in the game. The Mount went into the 7th inning trailing 4-1 and scored twice but could not get the big hit to put them over the top. They had the bases loaded with no outs, but three consecutive outs were registered by Defiance pitching. Leaving the Lions one run shy of tying the game.
The Lions sent Bri Kauf (Orrville, OH/Orrville) to the mound for game two and she would deliver a solid outing. Kauf went 5.1 innings allowing 10 hits, and 4 earned runs in the game. She battled all day to keep the Lions in the game, and gave them a chance to win.
The Lions will play host to Otterbein on Tuesday at The Kinder Morgan Softball Complex. The games are scheduled to get underway at 3:30 PM, tune to MSJsports.com for your live game updates.