Redhawks Softball Sweeps Twinbill vs. Eagles
April 1, 2006
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - (Saturday, April 1, 2006) The Redhawks softball program is rich in tradition, over 30 years of that proud and great tradition made their appearance at the Southeast Softball Complex as over 40 softball alumni attended the Redhawks doubleheader against Morehead State on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. The current Redhawks did not disappoint as they showed the ones that paved the way for them that they are set to make their own history. The Redhawks outscored the visiting Eagles 17-1 as they swept the twinbill.
The Redhawks (19-9, 7-1 OVC) extended their current winning streak to six games as they have won 15 of their last 17 games.
In 8-0 game one victory Elaine Fisher (St. Peters, MO/Francis Howell North) recorded her fourth shutout of the season as she limited the Eagles (10-22, 1-9 OVC) to just three singles in six short innings of work. She struckout five while not issuing a single walk for her eighth win of the season.
The Redhawks gave Fisher all the runs she needed in the first inning as Michelle Summers (Glendale, CA/Hoover) singled through the left side and came around to score on a Megan McDonald (Cape Girardeau, MO/Cape Central) two-run blast to quickly make it 2-0.
In the third the Redhawks added three more runs highlighted by a Lauren Bradley (Overland park, KS/Shawnee Mission South) two-run homerun. Jennifer Monaghan (West Palm Beach, FL/American Heritage) drove in a run with a double to left center.
Summers hit her team-leading ninth homerun of the season in the fourth with a two-run shot to make it 7-0.
The Redhawks put game one away when Bradley drove in McDonald for the 8-0 mercy-rule win.
McDonald went 4-4 with a double and homerun. She drove in two and scored three times.
Summers went 2-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Summers has 19 career homeruns, just one behind Kim Palmer for the school's all-time career homerun mark of 20.
Monaghan went 2-2 with two doubles and Bradley went 2-4 with three RBIs.
In game two the Redhawks continued their offensive assault as they matched their game one total of 12 hits.
Summers led off the game with a single up the middle and later scored on a McDonald double to the opposite field.
In the second Lindsay Pickering (St. Charles, MO/St. Charles West HS) led-off with a opposite field solo shot over the rightfield fence. Charlene Ramirez (Walnut, CA/Mt. San Antonio CC) drove in Amber Peterson (Camarillo, CA/Oaks Christian) with a single to make it 3-0 after two innings.
Pickering later led-off the fourth inning with a triple off the top of the fence. Peterson then stepped in a delivered her first career homerun launching a pitch onto Bertling Street for a 5-0 lead.
The Eagles managed their first run of the day in the sixth inning to cut the lead to 5-1.
In the Redhawks answered in their half of the sixth. Stephanie Huffman (Valmayer, IL/Forest Park CC) led-off with a single and Pickering drew a walk to reach base for the third time in the game. Peterson then singled to left to plate Huffman. Callie Brittan (Valley Park, MO/St. Charles CC) then doubled down the leftfield line to score Pickering and Peterson. Summers then singled to left to end the game via the mercy-rule, 9-1.
Huffman (10-3) got the win going 6.0 innings allowing only one run on five hits while striking out six. She also went 1-3 to extend her hitting streak to five games.
Peterson went 3-3 with three RBIs and three runs scored.
Summers picked up her 12th multi-hit game of the season with a 2-4 performance. Pickering went 2-2 with three runs scored.
The Redhawks will look for the series sweep tomorrow when the face the Eagles at 1:00 p.m. at the Southeast Softball Complex. The game will be available live via web audio-stream at gosoutheast.com.