UE Splits Day One of Aces Invitational
March 10, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. –The University of Evansville softball team couldn't continue its winning streak this afternoon at Cooper Stadium, but was able to win one of its two games on the day.
Evansville lost to IPFW in game one of the Aces Invitational by a score of 7-2, but was able to win game two against South Dakota State, 7-1. The Purple Aces are now 8-5 this season and will look to keep on winning on day two of the tournament tomorrow.
Despite the loss in game one coach Mark Redburn saw plenty of positives from his team:
"In game one we faced a talented pitcher (Miranda Kramer) for IPFW, who's had a tremendous season so far. Our girls got great experience facing a pitcher who has a good rise ball like her. We were able to square up on a few balls as well, and Chandra Parr hit one out, which was nice for her. Kayla and Megan were able to lead our squad to a victory in game two and we look forward to doing it again tomorrow."
Game One – UE vs IPFW
Game one saw Evansville's winning streak come to an end. Neither team was able to gather much offensive momentum through the first two innings, but the top of the third was where the action started.
IPFW's Dani Pugh was able to drive in a run off of a single to left-field, giving the Mastodon's a 1-0 lead, but freshman Briana Combs (1-1) was able to keep IPFW's offense in check the rest of the inning.
After a scoreless fourth, Evansville would bring in senior Emily Morris to pitch for Combs. Combs would end the day allowing seven hits and two runs in 4.0 innings while striking out four and would receive the loss.
Morris would give up four runs in the top of the fifth and this would put IPFW's lead just out of reach for UE. Morris' stat-line for the day would be five runs in 3.0 innings to go along with a strikeout.
In the bottom of the fifth the Purple Aces countered with two runs of their own, led by a Kirsten O'Conner double to begin the inning. Freshman Chandra Parr would hit a homerun that drove in two cutting the Mastodon's lead to 5-2.
IPFW would score two more runs in the top of the sixth and that would be enough as the Mastodon's would win 7-2.
Game Two – UE vs South Dakota State
After a slow start to the day, Evansville would look to bounce back in game two of the Aces Invitational against South Dakota State.
Megan Gurski (4-2) would step into the circle for UE and would continue her dominant season. Gurski would hold the Jackrabbits scoreless for the first two innings and this is where Evansville would strike.
In the bottom of the second, senior Niki Rahming hit a single to center which would drive in freshman Michal Luckett and give the Aces a 1-0 lead.
SDSU would score a run in the top of the third to tie the game 1-1 and that would be all the offense the Jackrabbits would be able to get off of the junior Saskatchewan native.
Evansville would add a run of its own on a homerun by junior slugger Kayla Fortner in the bottom of the third, putting the Aces up for good.
UE would add three more runs in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI by Niki Rahming, an error by the catcher which would let Michal Luckett score and a double by Chandra Parr which drove in Rahming.
The Purple Aces would add two more runs in the bottom of the sixth as Megan Gurski would drive in Fortner and Buckles on a single to center.
The junior pitcher Gurski would close out the game and get the win. In 7.0 innings, Gurski gave up one run, allowing only three hits and struck out four.
Evansville will host day-two of the Aces Invitational tomorrow, Monday, March 10th with the first game being at 10:30 a.m. The Purple Aces will play their first game of the day at 12:30 p.m. against South Dakota State.