MOUNT VERNON, Ohio - The Marian University softball team closed the 2012 regular season with a Mid-Central College Conference split at Mount Vernon Nazarene University on Saturday afternoon. The Knights won game one, 5-1, but dropped the nightcap, 4-2.
MU closes the regular season with a 33-12 overall record and an 11-6 mark in the MCC. MVNU finishes the year with a 10-26 overall mark and a 3-14 record in the MCC.
Junior Emily Gwaltney
and sophomore Michelle Marcum
led the way for the Knights in the opener. Gwaltney finished the day 2-for-3 with two RBIs, while Marcum went 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Freshman Chelsey Hartman
finished 2-for-2 with a run scored, while freshman Becca Twining
also drove in a run.
Gwaltney was stellar inside the circle again as she improved to 17-4 on the season. She threw her 16th complete game of the season, allowed one run on eight hits and struck out eight. She is now 50-11 in her career and is one win shy of tying the school career wins record.
MU got on the board in the top of the first when Marcum hit an RBI-single, but MVNU answered with an RBI-double in the bottom half. Both teams went scoreless over the next two innings, but MU broke through when Twining hit an RBI-single to give MU a 2-1 lead.
An RBI-single by Marcum in the top of the sixth made it 3-1 before Gwaltney hit a two-run single in the top of the seventh to close out the 5-1 win.
Rogers, Gwaltney and Marcum each had two hits in the second game. Gwaltney and Marcum each drove in a run for MU in the nightcap. However, defense was the story. The Knights committed four errors behind junior Amy Tamer
as she fell to 12-6 on the season. She threw her 15th complete game, allowed four unearned runs on seven hits and struck out four.
Once again, the Knights jumped on top early as Gwaltney and Marcum hit back-to-back RBI-singles to give Tamer a 2-0 lead. MVNU was able to cut the lead to 2-1 after a throwing error led to an RBI-double in the bottom of the first.
The bottom of the third inning proved to by MU's undoing as back-to-back errors led to a run, an RBI-triple and an RBI-single to give MVNU a 4-2 lead. The Knights did not recover. They were limited to just one hit over the final four innings to pick up the MCC split and give the Knights the No. 4 seed for this week's MCC Tournament.
The Knights will take on the University of Saint Francis (Ind.) on Wednesday to open the 2012 Mid-Central College Conference Tournament. The eight-team, double-elimination tournament will be played at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Ind. First pitch is slated for 12 p.m.