Pitching Dominantes as Eagles Sweep Ohio Christian
WILMORE, Ky. – Asbury softball finally got on the field at home and won both games against Ohio Christian on Friday evening, 7-0 and 3-0. Freshman Summer Rattliff just missed a perfect game, going 6.1 innings of no-hit ball before a single through the right side.
Rattliff (2-3) struck out four in the first shutout of her young career. The freshman didn’t walk a batter and retired the first 19 batters in order before a single from Murphy with one out in the seventh inning.
The Eagles (4-8) scored all three runs in the fourth inning. Julie Jarboe led off with a single and after advancing to second on a wild pitch and stealing third, she scored on another wild pitch. Kateland Huner walked and later scored on a wild pitch before Madi Adair delivered the lone RBI in the game, a bunt single that scored Sarah Patrick from third.
In game one Maris Harreld not only delivered in the circle but also at the plate. Harreld (2-4) threw her first shutout of the season, striking out a career-high 14. The 14 strikeouts are also the most by an Eagle pitcher since the program was resurrected for the 2009 season. Harreld allowed just four hits and walked two in seven innings of work.
In addition to her dominance in the circle, Harreld delivered three hits at the plate, missing out on the cycle by a home run. She scored twice, after her triple in the third and after her double in the sixth. Madi Adair knocked her in both times and doubled herself in the sixth. Asbury scored three in the third and the fifth and added two more in the sixth. Adair finished with two RBI. Brittany Hogg added two RBI with a two-run single in the fifth.
Asbury will host Carlow (Pa.) in their home KIAC opener on Saturday at 1 pm.