Mustangs Drop Two At NCAA II West Florida
Morningside defeated Trevecca Nazarene University 6-3 and lost 3-1 against second-ranked Spring Hill College on Saturday at the Gulf Coast Invitational softball tournament in Gulf Shores, Ala.
The Mustangs went 3-2 at the tournament to finish their Spring Break Trip with a 3-4 record. All of Morningside’s setbacks came against nationally ranked NAIA opponents William Carey University and Spring Hill and NCAA Division II University of West Florida.
Morningside put Trevecca Nazarene away early with three runs in the first inning, two more in the second, and a run in the third.
The Mustangs’ first three batters of the game - Taylor Daas, Jordan Johnson, and Rachel Koch -all singled and Michelle Brockamp singled one out later to drive in Daas with the first run of the game. Johnson eventually scored on an error and Koch came home when McKenzie Anderson bounced into a fielder’s choice.
Koch delivered a two-run double in the second inning and Johnson had an RBI single in the third.
Daas had a triple and two singles and Johnson had a double and two singles to pace an 11-hit Mustang offensive attack. Koch also had a multiple hit performance with a double and single.
Winning pitcher Jordan Johnson allowed three runs, only one earned, on four hits over the first five innings to get the win. She walked one and struck out four. Kayla Salonen held Trevecca Nazarene scoreless and hitless over the last two innings for a save.
Morningside’s hitters were stymied by Caroline Sagrera in the loss against Spring Hill as the Badger pitcher twirled a three-hitter, struck out 10, and took a shutout into the seventh inning.
Kati Steffen ended Sagrera’s bid for a shutout when she blasted a home run with one out in the top of the seventh. Aside from Steffen’s home run, the Mustangs’ only other hits were a fourth inning single by Steffen and a seventh inning single by Brockamp.
The Badgers did all of their scoring in the first inning when Shea Blanchard led off with a home run and Lea Kittrell slugged a two-out, two-run double.
Spring Hill collected eight hits against Morningside pitchers Salonen and Faith Schmidt, who combined for one walk and three strikeouts. Schmidt blanked the Badgers on four hits over the last four innings in her Morningside pitching debut.
Morningside will compete in the Evangel University David Fillmore Memorial Tournament on March 14 and 15 in Springfield, Mo.
Morningside went 2-1 during Friday’s action at the Gulf Coast Invitational softball tournament in Gulf Shores, Ala.
The Mustangs won their first two games with an 8-3 triumph against Culver-Stockton and a 6-0 shutout of Blue Mountain before they suffered a 2-1 loss in nine innings against 21st-ranked William Carey.
Morningside did all of its scoring against Culver-Stockton with four runs in both the fourth and sixth innings. Morgan Fogelman had a two-run single in the fourth inning and Michelle Brockamp provided the big blow in the sixth with a two-run double.
Fogelman and Taylor Daas each had two singles to pace a seven-hit Morningside attack against Culver-Stockton pitcher Hannah Washburn.
Mustang starter Jordan Johnson pitched the first five innings to get the win. Johnson and reliever Kayla Salonen combined for five walks and eight strikeouts. They allowed eight hits.
Salonen twirled a five-hit shutout with two walks and three strikeouts in the win against Blue Mountain.
The Mustangs collected eight hits against Blue Mountain pitcher Jessalyn Brown, including a home run by Daas to lead off the bottom of the first inning. Daas also clubbed a double in the contest.
Aside from pitching a shutout, Salonen also contributed a double and single to the Mustangs’ offensive attack. Kelsey Toben had a multiple hit performance with a pair of singles, while Brockamp belted a two-run home run in the fifth inning to cap the scoring.
William Carey plated an unearned run in the bottom of the ninth inning when a bunt single by Relanda McFarland and a Morningside throwing error enabled the Crusaders to score a runner from second base.
The Crusaders took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning before the Mustangs tied the score in the top of the third. Daas led off the inning with a single, was sacrificed to second by Johnson, went to third on a single by Rachel Koch, and scored on an error.
Winning pitcher Brittany Lang scattered seven hits in the nine inning contest. She struck out two and didn’t walk a batter.
Johnson started for the Mustangs and was relieved by Salonen in the fifth. They allowed seven hits and combined for three walks and two strikeouts.
Daas led the Mustangs’ hitters with a pair of singles. McKenzie Anderson had the Mustangs’ only extra base hit with a double, while Koch, Fogelman, and Kati Steffen all had singles.
Morningside will take a 2-3 record into Saturday’s action against Trevecca Nazarene and Spring Hill.
Morningside opened its 2014 softball campaign with 7-4 and 10-0 setbacks against NCAA Division II University of West Florida on Tuesday in Pensacola, Fla.
The sweep lifted the Argos’ record to 15-12.
Morningside dropped the opener even though it outhit the Argos by an 11-7 margin. However, the Mustangs made three errors in the field, paving the way to three unearned runs.
After Morningside left the bases loaded in the top of the first inning, the Argos scored two runs in the bottom of the inning to take an early lead.
West Florida maintained its 2-0 lead until the Mustangs tied the score with two runs in the top of the fourth inning. The Mustangs did all of the damage with two outs and nobody on base. Elin Landgren stroked a two-out single to keep the inning alive and Taylor Daas followed with a game-tying home run.
The Argos regained the lead with two runs in the bottom of the fourth, the first on a RBI single by Caroline Kaston and the second run scored on a wild pitch. The Argos padded their advantage with two more runs in the fifth and another score in the sixth.
Morningside scored in the fifth when Michelle Brockamp doubled and came home on a two-out double by Morgan Fogelman and added another run in the seventh when pinch-runner Rachel Hinners scored on a wild pitch.
Brockamp was the big hitter in the Mustangs’ lineup with a double and two singles in four at-bats. Daas had two hits with a home run and single, Rachel Koch had a double and single, and Landgren had a pair of singles. Morningside’s other hits were a double by Fogelman and a single by McKenzie Anderson.
Mustang pitcher Jordan Johnson allowed seven hits with seven walks and four strikeouts in a six-inning complete game effort.
West Florida’s Taylor Bailey got the pitching win despite yielding 10 hits in her six-inning stint. She walked two and struck out seven.
Kaston went three-for-four and Lauren Correia had a pair of doubles and two RBIs to pace the Argos’ offensive attack.
After banging out 11 hits in the opener, the Mustangs were held to one hit against Argo pitcher Rebecca Hein in a five-inning nightcap. Hein walked six and struck out two.
The Mustangs’ only hit was a leadoff single by Anderson in the second inning.
West Florida scored 10 runs on eight hits in the four innings it batted. The Argos led 3-0 after two frames and broke the game open with a six-run third that featured a two-run single by Jordan Camp.
Camp and Hannah Dowling each had two hits for the Argos, while Audrey Harner slugged a two-run home run in the second inning.
Morningside pitcher Kayla Salonen allowed eight hits with five walks and three strikeouts.
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Morningside is picked second in the GPAC Softball Coaches' Pre-Season Poll.
The Mustangs received four of the 11 first place votes and 91 points to finish four points behind defending champion Hastings in the coaches' pre-season poll.
Morningside posted a 31-16 record last season and finished second in the GPAC with a 15-5 league mark. The Mustangs won the GPAC’s post-season tournament championship to secure a fifth consecutive appearance in the NAIA Softball National Championship tournament.
Morningside will open the 2014 season at the Friends University triangular on March 1 and 2 in Wichita, Kan.
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