Softball Splits Twinbill At Notre Dame

Sarah Alley
Sarah Alley

The AU softball team split a non-conference doubleheader at Notre Dame on Thursday (Mar. 27). The first game went eight innings with the Eagles prevailing, 4-3. The nightcap went to the Falcons, 3-2.

The Eagles are 11-6 and have won three of their last four games. NDC is 10-15.

The first game was tied, 3-3 after seven innings. In the top of the eighth, Sarah Alley tripled to left field to lead off the inning. Kalene Freshour pinch ran for Alley and came home on a Shelbie Prince single.

Alley and Prince both enjoyed big games. Alley was 3-for-4 with a double, triple and two RBI. Prince was 2-for-4 with two RBI.

The victory went to Zoe Myers, who pitched 2.2 scoreless innings. Amber McDermott pitched 5.1 innings and allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits. McDermott walked three and struck out seven.

AU also got a homer from first baseman Jen Moore.

In the second game, the Eagles could never break through against NDC's Ashley Hall. She went the distance and handcuffed AU on seven hits. She walked four and struck out three.

The Falcons scored all three of their runs in the first inning. The key blow in the frame was a two-run homer by right fielder Jessica Cavallero.

The lone Ashland player with more than one safety was center fielder Taylor Menhart. She was 2-for-3 with a double. Menhart and left fielder Carly West each drove in a run.

Up next for AU is a doubleheader at Brookside Park on Sunday (Mar. 30, noon) against Northwood. That is the home opener and it will be Ashland's first GLIAC doubleheader. AU will host Lake Superior State on Monday (Mar. 31, noon) at Brookside Park. That game was orignially slated for Saturday (Mar. 29).