ACU Softball Sweeps Double-Header Against Corpus Christi

Published 03/29 2014 06:04PM

Updated 03/29 2014 08:18PM

Reported by: Christopher Macaulso, ACU Assistant Director for Athletics Media Relations

ABILENE - Freshman Hannah Null pitched a two-hit shutout and senior Peyton Mosley scattered three hits in a five-inning start in leading the Abilene Christian softball team to consecutive 5-0 and 9-1 wins against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Saturday at Poly Wells Field.

The doubleheader sweep lifted ACU's season and conference records to 14-18 and 3-2, while the Islanders fell to 7-26 and 2-9 as their losing streak reached nine games.

The two teams will conclude their three-game series Sunday at 1 p.m.

In following up her record-breaking 17 strikeout game from Tuesday, Null (8-6) struck out 10 Islanders through 7.0 innings in game one, which lifted her season total to a Southland Conference-best 124 Ks.

Null retired the first 10 batters she faced, but her bid for a second no-hitter this season was spoiled by Brittney Morse when she slammed a double to center field over the outreached glove of Madison Buckley. Null later walked Jessica Mendez with one gone in the fifth and allowed a bunt single by Dani Tefft to begin the sixth.

But none of the Islanders' base runners got past second base. Morse was left stranded after Null go Valerie Perez and Liz Carter on a line drive and fly ball. Mendez watched Null strikeout Hayley Galloway for out No. 2 after stealing second base and Cassidy Ivy pop up to short for out No. 3.

Tefft was doubled off the first base bag after shortstop Demi McNulty caught a lazy pop fly behind second base, turned and threw the ball back to first. Tefft was running on the pitch as part of attempted hit-and-run.

ACU backed Null's performance with three runs in the third and single runs in the fourth and fifth. Freshman Taylor Brown plated the game's first two runs with a two-out triple off the left field wall, and then Lyndi Smith drove in Brown with a flare over the head of second baseman Galloway.

Buckley walked to lead off the fourth and came home two batters later on Kayla Simmons' RBI single back up the middle, and in the fifth, Courtney Flanary doubled in Paige Stevens with two outs.

Simmons and Stevens each finished game one 2-for-3 and combined for three runs scored against Islander starter Liz Carter (6-13).

The Wildcat offense continued to hit the ball well for most of game two as they jumped out to a 7-0 lead by the second inning and clinched the run-rule victory in the fifth thanks to sophomore Cara Hoover's first home run of 2014.

Flanary smacked her second round-tripper of the season with one one and two outs in the first inning and later added a RBI single to center in the second that made it a 5-0 game. She was one of three Wildcats to finish the night cap with two hits along with Buckley and Simmons, who had two RBI.

Mosley (4-9) had a no-hitter going through three innings but gave up a leadoff double to Tefft that rolled down the right-field line. Tefft was forced to stay there, however, as Perez struck out, Morse was called out on batter's interference and Jessica Mendez flew out to left.

Mosley struck out her third and final batter to begin the fifth, but the Islanders' finally got on the board thanks to back-to-back doubles off the bats of Lindsey Lyles and Michelle Sorenson.

ACU entered the fifth ahead 7-1 and after Simmons grounded out to short, pinch hitter Jacquelyn Perez reached on an error and Hoover deposited Katie Blanar's 2-2 pitch over the wall in right-center field.

Constance Brandenburg (0-10) started for the Islanders and gave up seven runs (two earned) on eight hits in 1.1 innings pitched. She struck out two Wildcats.

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