Softball fights for sixth straight win

April 22nd, 2010

Good times continue for the John Carroll University softball team as they have won six consecutive games.

They swept a pair of games with Muskingum College and Capital University this past week, with the two wins over Muskingum marking the first time JCU swept a doubleheader with their conference foe since 1990. 

Continuing their trend this season, they won their last four games by a combined six runs.

In the sweep, the Blue Streaks had a come-from-behind win in game one. Finding themselves in a 2-0 hole after three innings, JCU responded with a three-run fifth inning to provide sophomore pitcher Brittany Danilov with all the run support she would need. 

In the fifth inning, the big hit was delivered by sophomore Olivia Mathews who hit a one-out double with the bases loaded and all three runs came around to score.

Mathews then added a solo homer in the sixth inning for an insurance run, and Danilov held the Muskies in check to allow JCU to take game one, 4-2.

After having the momentum from game one, JCU again found themselves down 2-0 in game two, this time after the first inning.

Those would be the only two runs the Muskies would get all game as senior pitcher Samantha Thompson held them in check, allowing just the two runs, one of which was earned, over six innings.

JCU got on the board with a single run in the third, cutting the Muskingum lead in the half, but that was all they got in the first six innings.

Trailing 2-1 entering the top half of the seventh, some self-inflicted mistakes by Muskingum gave JCU a chance.

After recording the first out of the inning, an error, a walk and a wild pitch before the second out of the inning, put two runners in scoring position for sophomore Erin Riccardi, with sophomore Michelle Murphy representing the go-ahead run on second base.

Riccardi came up with a huge two-out hit that knocked in two and gave JCU the lead.

Danilov shut the door in the seventh to preserve the victory.

“It was honestly the best win we have had yet this season,” said Riccardi, the hero of game two. “We have never swept Muskingum in school history. Those wins were an amazing feeling.” 

Magic was needed against Capital too, as a two-run homer in the 10th by Michelle Murphy was needed to take game one. 

In game two, Riccardi hit a sacrifice fly that scored Murphy to give JCU a 9-8 win, part of the three-run seventh.

“It’s like you could feel it in your fingertips,” said junior Jamie Colley of the Blue Streaks late-inning magic.

JCU’s conference record of 7-3 is good for a second place tie with the Purple Raiders from Mount Union College.