MOUNT VERNON, Ohio. – The (RV) Mount Vernon Nazarene University softball team (16-2, 6-0) swept Bethel University (2-14, 1-7) on Thursday, March 24 to extend its winning streak to 13 games on the season.
MVNU started strong in game one, scoring three runs in each of the first two innings to jump out to an early 6-0 lead. After a Kaycee Ollis RBI-double that scored Macee Marcum, Maddison Ruhl continued to set the tone in the bottom-first with a two-run bomb to left field. RBI’s from Megan Pentz, Marcum, and Ollis in the bottom-second contributed to the 6-0 start. MVNU got its final run of the ballgame in the fourth after a wild throw allowed Kylee Matern to score from third. The Lady Cougars did not need any more runs in the game, winning by a final of 7-2.
Sheridan Sullivan got the win inside the circle. Sullivan pitched the full seven, allowing nine hits and two earned runs. Sullivan struck-out eight Pilots in the game.
In the bottom-first MVNU jumped on top early after Marcum crossed home plate on a fielder’s choice to put MVNU up 1-0. Mackenzie Hancock kept the scoring going in the bottom-fourth with a two-run double, putting MVNU up 3-0. Kaylee Myers then hit a double of her own, scoring Kennady Ruhl in the next at-bat. M. Ruhl then hit an RBI-double in the fifth to make the score 5-0. Another run crossed the plate in the inning to make the MVNU advantage 6-0, which went on to be the final score of the game.
Nadia Hoffman was the winning pitcher. Hoffman pitched a seven-inning shutout to go with just four hits allowed. Hoffman had five strikeouts on the day.
The Lady Cougars will next play on March 29 in Winona Lake, Indiana at Grace College. 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.