March 24, 2014

Thomas More Sweeps In-State Rival Transylvania

(CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky.) - The Thomas More College softball team swept int-state rival Transylvania University today (Monday, March 24, 2014) in a non-conference doubleheader at Thomas More Field in Crestview Hills, Kentucky.  The Saints won game one 6-3 and the nightcap, 6-4.

With the sweep the Saints improve to 11-6 and the Pioneers fall to 7-13.

In game one, the Saints scored one in the first, one in the second, two in the fifth and two in the sixth, while holding Transy to three runs in the fourth for the 6-3 win.

Senior pitcher Ronni Burns (Dayton, Ohio/Carroll) pitched 3.2 innings of relief and gave up no runs and no hits, while recording two strikes to record the save.

Sophomore shortstop Ana Walter (Lebanon, Ohio/Lebanon) led the Saints at the plate as se was two-for-three with a double, two runs batted-in and two runs scored.  Three other Saints had multiple hits in the game as sophomore right fielder Mamee Salzer (Erlanger, Ky./St. Henry) was two-for-three with two RBI and a run scored, sophomore designated player Hayley Shuemake (Loveland, Ohio/Loveland) as two-for-four with a run scored and junior center fielder Catie Luck (Maineville, Ohio/Little Miami) was two-for-two with two run scored.

In the nightcap, the Saints plated four runs in the first, one in the fourth and one in the sixth, while holding the Pioneers to two runs in the third and two in the fifth for the 6-4 victory.

Senior catcher Stefaney Turner (Franklin, Ohio/Carlisle) was two-for-two at the plate with a double, a RBI and a run scored and freshman left fielder Erica Lang (Florence, Ky./Simon Kenton) was two-for-four with a run scored.  Freshman first baseman Jamie Ertel (Mt. Healthy, Ohio/McAuley) was one-for-three with a home run, three RBI and a run scored.

Salzer earned the win in the circle as she pitched 4.2 innings and gave up four runs (all earned) on nine hits and struck out one.  Burns earned the saved as she pitched 2.1 innings of shutout relief and didn't allow a hit, while striking out five.

Thomas More returns to action on Saturday (March 29) when it travels to Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania to play Geneva College. The first pitch for the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) doubleheader is scheduled for 1 p.m.