Softball loses Series to Conference Rival Bradley
March 24, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
EVANSVILLE PRESS RELEASE
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The University of Evansville softball team fell on Sunday to Missouri Valley Conference rival Bradley University by a score of 2-0. The Purple Aces lost all three games of the conference series which was played at Cooper Stadium.
UE is now 12-12 on the season with a 1-4 record in the Valley, while Bradley improved to 14-17 and 5-1 in conference play.
Head coach Mark Redburn liked the improvement his team displayed after yesterday's doubleheader and had a positive outlook for the upcoming week:
"It was a good ball game; we played much better today and improved over yesterday's games. We were able to represent ourselves better with better defense and pitching, but weren't able to get enough hits and find our way on base. If you don't put the ball in play, it's tough to score some runs. But we will definitely bounce back and hope to get our mid-week game this week at Belmont."
The Purple Aces brought out Megan Gurski to the circle, and Gurski battled through five scoreless innings with Madeline Lynch-Crumrine from Bradley. Both pitchers put on a very strong performance today and the defenses helped them out as well.
After a scoreless top of the sixth for Evansville, Bradley put two runs on the board with a double from Marina Groenewegen that bounced off the top of the outfield fence, driving in two. The two runs were all Bradley needed, as the Aces weren't able to score any in the top of the seventh, leading to the 2-0 Bradley victory.
Gurski (4-5) finished the day allowing only eight hits while striking out six in 6.0 innings of work.
Evansville will play again on March 26, as the Aces travel to Nashville, Tenn. to take on Belmont in a mid-week game.