No. 10 Softball sweeps exciting twin-bill from Anderson (Ind.) 6-4 and 6-5
By Tim Glon
ANDERSON, Ind.—Sophomores Jackie Mangola and Cassie Gaye each blasted three-run home runs to pace the No. 10-ranked Ohio Northern softball team to a 6-4, 6-5 sweep at Anderson (Ind.) Wednesday afternoon at Raven Field.
With the two wins the Polar Bears improve to 13-1 on the season while the Ravens fall to 7-7.
Mangola and sophomore Kim Blewett belted back-t0-back home runs as ONU rallied from a 2-0 deficit in Game 1.
After Anderson added two runs in the sixth to tie the game at 4-4, the Polar Bears scored twice in the top of the seventh off of a pair of unusual plays.
Fought and freshman Meghan Anten were on second and third with two out when the Ravens decided to intentionally walk Blewett to load the bases.
But during the intentional walk, AU releif Natalie Moorhouse threw two wild pitches, scoring both Fought and Anton, giving the Polar Bears a 6-4 lead.
Senior Courtney Cash improved to 8-1 on the season as she pitched all seven innings while striking out four.
Game two saw Anderson jump out to a quick 2-0 lead only to have Northern answer with a four run fourth inning led by Gaye's three-run home run, her fourth dinger of the season.
Northern added two runs in the top of the sixth to push the lead to 6-2.
Sophomore pitcher Lauren Hurd was able to gain her second save of the season as she was able to stifle a furious three-run Anderson rally in the seventh to give Northern the 6-5 victory.
Sophomore Maggie Molnar went six and a third innings while striking out three to earn her fourth win of the season against no defeats.
Northern will return to action at 1 pm on Saturday in itsfirst home date of the season as John Carroll comes to the ONU Softball Field for an Ohio Athletic Conference doubleheader.