CINCINNATI, Ohio -- The Mount St. Joseph softball team is off to an unbelievable start in 2019. The Lions pushed their overall record to 17-4, by securing their 11th and 12th wins in a row in a sweep of Centre College on Saturday.
The Lions have been led this season by an outstanding pitching staff so far this season and Saturday was no different.
In game one coach Goderwis turned to her ace Sarah Miller (Fishers, Ind./St. Theodore Guerin) in the circle. Miller got off to a little bit of a slow start in the top of the first inning. She allowed the Colonels to load the bases with one out. They scored their lone run of the game on a fielders choice, groundout to the shortstop. She was able to strand two Centre players on base in the inning. After the first inning she settled down, allowing only three baserunners the rest of the game. All told Miller threw a complete game, allowing three hits and just a single run while striking out five. She secured her sixth win of the season, and has yet to take a this year.
Offensively the Lions answered Centre's run in the top of the first immediately. They scored two in the bottom of the inning to take the lead right back. Alehia Tucker (Covington, Ky./Holy Cross) got the Lions off to a quick start with a single up the middle. The Lions attempted to get Tucker into scoring position, but she was caught stealing. Brooke Otto (Brookville, Ind./Franklin Co.), Savannah Sturgill (West Harrison, Ind./East Central) and Miller each singled to load the bases. Brandy Bunch (Mason, Ohio/Mason) got the Lions on the board with an RBI single into centerfield to tie the game. Paige Hampton (Versailles, Ky./Woodford Co.) followed that up with an outstanding at bat, drawing a bases loaded walk driving in the go-ahead run.
The Lions played add on in the bottom of the second inning. Gracie Woodyard (Plainfield, Ind./Avon) led off the inning with a double into the gap in right center. Olivia Quick (Sunman, Ind./East Central) laid down a beautiful sacrifice bunt to move Woodyard to third. The Lions then pushed their third run of the game across the plate on an RBI single by Tucker.
The Mount registered 11 hits in the game, Miller led the way with three to help her own cause. Tucker and Bunch each pitched in a pair of knocks, with Otto, Sturgill, Woodyard and Quick each registering one.
In game two the Lions turned to a pair of freshman on the hill. Alaina Maddy (Cincinnati, Ohio/Northwest) got the start, and despite allowing one base runner she faced the minimum over her 3.0 innings of work. She hit a Centre batter in the top of the first inning, but that baserunner was quickly erased by a double-play. Maddy's line for the game was 3.0 innings, she surrendered no-hits and a registered one strikeout. She turned the ball over in the fourth inning to Kamryn McCool (Brookville, Ind./East Central). Just like Maddy and Miller before her McCool was dominant for the Lions. She threw 4.0 innings, while striking out six Colonels. She did not allow a single baserunner in the game. Maddy and McCool combined to throw the Lions first no-hitter of the season.
Offensively the Lions scored a single run in three seperate innings. They jumped out a lead as Sturgill drove in Otto in the top of the first inning. They added another run in the bottom of the fourth inning with Sturgill scoring on an RBI groundout by Miller. Their final run of the day came in the bottom of the sixth inning with Otto drilling her second homerun of the season over the fence in left field.
The Lions registered only five hits in the win, with Otto and Sturgill each delivering two, with the other coming off the bat of McCool.
The Mount (17-4, 0-0 HCAC) will play one more non-conference double-header before entering HCAC play. On Thursday, Mar. 28 they will welcome Spalding to the Kinder Morgan Softball Complex. The games are scheduled to get underway at 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM, tune into MSJsports.com for all of your live coverage of the 2019 MSJ Softball season.