CINCINNATI, OHIO – A complete-game effort from senior hurler Madisyn Walter (Hanna, Ind.) combined with a five-run comeback over the final three frames lifted Manchester University past Mt. St. Joseph University in game one of a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader Saturday, March 31.
Walter, evening her season record at 4-4, put in a strong effort, weaving around five walks and four Lion hits that led to three runs for a complete game. Despite not registering a strikeout, it was more than enough for the Black and Gold offense. MU (9-11 overall, 1-1 HCAC) registered six hits which included extra-base swats from freshman catcher Alexis Mokos (St. John, Ind.) and senior second baseman Laurren Ladwig (Crown Point, Ind.). Mokos drilled a key two-run double in the seventh, and Ladwig crunched her 12th round-tripper of the year, a two-run bomb in the first, which set a new program single-season mark.
An eight-run second inning outburst by the hosts turned away a chance for a sweep by Coach Josh Dzurick's crew. MSJ's 8-3 decision came despite home runs from Ladwig and junior third baseman Kate Skeens (Gas City, Ind.) and more stellar relief pitching from freshman Haley Perez (Portage, Ind.). Just two days removed from her first collegiate victory at Hope College, she came back and stopped a Lions' offense that got to fellow freshman pitcher Alex Whittig (Hartford City, Ind.) for six runs on seven hits over an inning plus. Perez kept her Spartans' teammates within striking distance by allowing only two runs on five hits over the final five innings.
Manchester University resumes league play and winds down a six-game road trip with a visit to Anderson University Wednesday, April 4. First pitch at AU's Raven Softball Field is 3:30 p.m.