CINCINNATI, Ohio -- The Mount St. Joseph softball team welcomed The Golden Eagles of Spalding University for a double-header on Thursday. The Lions took both games from Spalding in dominant fashion, taking game one 9-1 and game two 8-1. The Lions pushed their winning streak to 14-games and their overall record to 19-4 on the season.
In game one the Lions turned to freshman Alaina Maddy (Cincinnati, Ohio/Northwest) to start the game. Maddy allowed a run in the top of the first inning putting the Lions behind to open the game. She settled in nicely shutting the Golden Eagles down for the next couple of innings. All told she went 3 innings allowing 2-hits and 1-run before turning the ball over to Sarah Miller (Fishers, Ind./St. Theodore Guerin). Miller threw the final two innings allowing only one baserunner, to secure her seventh win of the season.
The Lions exploded offensively in the game, to the tune of 11 hits and 9 runs. Eight of the nine Lions in the lineup registered hits in the win. With three players registering a multi-hit game, Alehia Tucker (Covington, Ky./Holy Cross), Savannah Sturgill (West Harrison, Ind./East Central) and Miller each had two-hits. The big blow came in the very first inning, when Sturgill delivered her second homerun of the season, a two run shot that would be all the offense the Lions needed. Six Lions registered an RBI in the game with Tucker, Sturgill and Maddy were joined by Katie Tarter (Fairfield, Ohio/Fairfield), Gracie Woodyard (Plainfield, Ind./Avon), and Olivia Quick (Sunman, Ind./East Central) in driving in runs.
In game two coach Goderwis turned to senior Brianna Kauf (Orrville, Ohio/Orrville) to open the game in the circle. Kauf would go 3.1 innings, allowing only two hits and one unearned run. After an outstanding start she would turn the ball over to freshman Kamryn McCool (Brookville, Ind./Franklin Co.). McCool has been dominant out of the bullpen for the Lions so far this season, and this outing was not different. McCool pitched the final 3.2 innings, allowing only one baserunner and striking out 7 of the 13 batter she faced.
The Mount again got off to a quick start offensively, as Tucker led off the game with a homerun, her second of the season. Brooke Otto (Brookville, Ind./Franklin Co.) also had a big game at the plate, with three RBI and a stolen base. The Lions again had eight players register hits in the win, with Brandy Bunch (Mason, Ohio/Mason), McCool and Kauf each joining the offensive party.
The Lions will travel to Anderson, Ind. to open Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play on Saturday against the Ravens. Tune into MSJsports.com for all of your live coverage of Saturday's double-header.