KISSIMMEE, Fla. – The Mount Vernon Nazarene University softball team (4-2, 0-0) took on Point Park University (2-4, 0-0) and the University of Michigan-Dearborn (5-2, 0-0) on Monday, February 28.
In the first, Kylee Matern reached base on an error and Macee Marcum drove her in with a single. Point Park responded to the early run, getting three runs across in the bottom-half of the first, forcing the Lady Cougars to play from behind. The Pioneers then scored two more runs in the bottom of the second, extending the lead to 5-1.
The Lady Cougars did not give up as they scored three runs in the top of the third, thanks to a three-run home run by Kennady Ruhl. Katelyn Perkins kept the Lady Cougars close from inside the circle, not allowing the game to get out of hand after a rough start. Despite the comeback effort, MVNU allowed a run in the fourth that gave the Pioneers the lead for good. MVNU eventually fell in game one by a final of 6-5.
Game two turned into a pitcher’s duel in Kissimmee as both teams were unable to get much going at the plate. Matern drove in the first run of the game in the bottom of the third-inning, scoring Leah Potter who reached base on a walk. The Pioneers got themselves on the board in the top half of the fifth with a run of their own to tie the game at 1-1.
Neither team was able to score again until extra innings. Point Park scratched across a go-ahead run in the top of the eighth, but the Lady Cougars answered right back, tying the game again with an RBI-double from Matern that scored Mallory Shoup. With Matern now on third after a sac-bunt from Megan Pentz, a passed-ball from Point Park allowed the speedster from North Vernon, Indiana to score the winning run in the bottom of the eighth-inning. MVNU claimed game two 3-2.
Up next for MVNU is a doubleheader with Cleary University on Tuesday, March 1 in Kissimmee, Florida. Game one is scheduled for 10:00am and game two is set for 12:15pm.
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.