Softball Sweeps At Ferris, Continues Road Success

Softball Sweeps At Ferris, Continues Road Success

The road success of Ashland University's softball team continued on Saturday (April 4), as the Eagles swept a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader at Ferris State, 9-3 and 5-1.

The Eagles are 23-5 overall and 8-4 in the GLIAC, and improve to 18-2 in away/neutral-site games. In all of 2014, Ashland won 27 games overall and was 23-15 away from home.

The Bulldogs are 10-26, 3-5.

In the opener, Ashland broke a 3-3 tie with six runs in the top of the seventh inning. The game-winning run came courtesy of an RBI double by junior first baseman Jen Moore. Moore, senior center fielder Taylor Menhart and junior third baseman Kayla Prokopakis each had two of AU's 11 hits, and Prokopakis, junior Shelbie Prince and sophomore left fielder Ally Farrah each drove in two runs.

Junior pitcher Sarah Alley earned the relief win, tossing 4 1/3 scoreless innings with seven strikeouts. Alley is 5-0 with a 1.44 earned run average and is working on an 18-inning scoreless streak.

In Game 2, the Eagles got the only runs they would need with a three-spot in the bottom of the first. Menhart, Moore and Prokopakis each had two of Ashland's 10 hits, and Menhart had two RBIs. Junior pitcher Brittany Flanigan moved to 7-2 after allowing three hits and a run and striking out five in 5 1/3 innings.

The Eagles will return to Brookside Park on Wednesday (April 8) for a GLIAC twinbill against Hillsdale at 3:30 p.m.