FORT WAYNE, Ind. — The Receiving Votes Mount Vernon Nazarene University softball team (14-2, 4-0) defeated the University of Saint Francis (8-6, 0-2) by scores of 10-5 and 8-1 in Fort Wayne, Indiana on Monday, March 21.
A big five-run third-inning put the Lady Cougars up 5-0 on the road to start the ball game. Maddison Ruhl started the inning with a two-run single that scored Macee Marcum and Kylee Matern. Kennady Ruhl followed up her sister with an RBI-single that scored Kaycee Ollis. The fifth run came via error at second base. USF fought back, scoring four runs between the fourth and fifth innings. Another five-run inning from MVNU put the game away for good in the seventh. Maddelyn Wine and Matern each had an RBI in the inning, and Megan Pentz had a big three-run double that cleared the bases for the Lady Cougars.
Sheridan Sullivan got the win as she pitched 4.2 innings. Sullivan allowed four runs, eight hits and struck out three. Nadia Hoffman pitched 2.1 innings of relief. Hoffman allowed three hits and a run, while also striking-out two batters.
After a run in the top of the first, MVNU used big third and fourth-innings to secure the win. Ollis hit a three-run bomb in the fourth-inning to put the Cougars of Saint Francis away for good. MVNU had 13 hits for eight runs in game two.
Wine was strong from inside the circle for MVNU. The freshman pitched seven-innings and allowed just three hits and a run. Wine struck-out five on the day.
Due to weather, MVNU’s Tuesday, March 22 home series against Bethel has been moved to Thursday, March 24. Game one of the doubleheader begins at 3:00pm.
Mount Vernon Nazarene University is a private, four-year, intentionally Christian teaching university for traditional age students, graduate students, and working adults. With a 327-acre main campus in Mount Vernon, Ohio, and several convenient Graduate and Professional Studies locations throughout the state, MVNU emphasizes academic excellence, spiritual growth, and service to community and church. MVNU offers an affordable education to more than 2,200 students from 31 states and 22 countries/U.S. territories.