INDIANAPOLIS - The No. 25-ranked Marian University softball team suffered its first defeat in 11 games after the Knights split with Calumet College of St. Joseph in a doubleheader on Saturday at Marian University Softball Field. The Knights took game one, 3-0, but dropped game two, 5-3, in eight innings.
The Knights are now 15-2 on the season, while the Crimson Wave moved to 11-17 on the year.
Junior Emily Gwaltney
scattered six hits and struck out four in a complete game shutout in the opener. She improved to 5-1 on the season in her third complete game and third shutout of the campaign.
The opener started as a pitcher's duel as neither team could find the offense over the first four innings. However, the Knights came alive in the bottom of the fifth as they scored a pair to take a 2-0 lead after five innings. Senior Emily Pusti
drove in the two runs to give Gwaltney the lead.
MU added one more in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI-single by senior Brittany Camp
to give MU its 10th straight win.
The Knights only had five hits in the game with Camp's being the only hit to drive in a run. Senior Kelsey Uebelhor
, junior Helen Rogers
, sophomore Michelle Marcum
and senior Elizabeth Campbell each had a hit for the Knights.
The nightcap was more of the same for the Knights, but the Crimson Wave got a pair of runs in the second and one more in the third to take a 3-0 lead after three innings.
Once again, the MU offense came alive after a couple of stagnant innings. They posted one in the fourth and two more in the fifth to tie the score, 3-3, after five complete innings. Senior Jillian Ayres
hit an RBI-single in the fourth before Rogers hit a two-run double to bring MU back into the ballgame.
However, the bats went quiet one more time as the Knights could not bring a run home in the sixth or the seventh innings. With the international tiebreaker rule in effect, CCSJ was able to bring home a pair in the top of the eighth and MU was shut down in the bottom half to snap the win streak at 10, 5-3.
Gwaltney finished the second game 3-for-4 at the plate, while Ayres went 2-for-3 with an RBI. Rogers went 1-for-4 with a double and two RBI, while Uebelhor, Campbell and freshman Becca Twining
each added a hit.
The No. 25 Knights will hit the diamond again on Sunday when Saint Xavier University (Ill.) comes to Marian University Softball Field for a doubleheader. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m. and the game will air LIVE
on the Knights Athletics Network at www.muknights.com
. LIVE STATS
will also be available for the doubleheader.