Softball Falls to MCC-Leading William Penn

Softball Falls to MCC-Leading William Penn



April 9, 2009 – Ashford University’s softball team ran out of steam on the verge of picking up its first win of the season in the second game of a doubleheader against William Penn University, falling 14-0 and 1-0, on Thursday at the Ericksen Community Center.

The Saints slipped to 0-29 on the season as the Lady Statesmen expanded their lead in the Midwest Collegiate Conference by three games at 14-2 in league play.

Ashford managed three hits in game one, receiving singles from sophomore Ashli Foster and freshmen Jessica Martin and Kathryn Voss.

Game two was a different story as a defensive struggle led to late-inning dramatics.

Both teams were held off the scoreboard for five full innings before William Penn scored in the top of the sixth inning. Ashford had a chance to tie after stranding two Lady Statesmen on base to end the seventh, but back-to-back groundouts and a strikeout ended the Saints’ bid to halt their losing streak.

William Penn’s Ashley Johnson hurled a no-hitter in a seven-inning effort, walking two and striking out seven. But Ashford’s freshman Nikki Woodard went toe-to-toe with Johnson, giving up the decisive and lone run in the top of the sixth inning.

Woodard went the distance for her ninth complete game, allowing just three hits in seven innings.

A leadoff single led to the game’s only run as an infield error eventually scored switch-hitting infielder Stacie Gaskill, who moved into scoring position on a passed ball.

The Saints continue conference action as they travel to LaCrosse, Wisc., for a two-day series against Viterbo University (5-29, 4-14 MCC) next week. Games for Monday and Tuesday are slated to start at 3 p.m.

April 9, 2009 – Ashford University’s softball team ran out of steam on the verge of picking up its first win of the season in the second game of a doubleheader against William Penn University, falling 14-0 and 1-0, on Thursday at the Ericksen Community Center.

The Saints slipped to 0-29 on the season as the Lady Statesmen expanded their lead in the Midwest Collegiate Conference by three games at 14-2 in league play.

Ashford managed three hits in game one, receiving singles from sophomore Ashli Foster and freshmen Jessica Martin and Kathryn Voss.

Game two was a different story as a defensive struggle led to late-inning dramatics.

Both teams were held off the scoreboard for five full innings before William Penn scored in the top of the sixth inning. Ashford had a chance to tie after stranding two Lady Statesmen on base to end the seventh, but back-to-back groundouts and a strikeout ended the Saints’ bid to halt their losing streak.

William Penn’s Ashley Johnson hurled a no-hitter in a seven-inning effort, walking two and striking out seven. But Ashford’s freshman Nikki Woodard went toe-to-toe with Johnson, giving up the decisive and lone run in the top of the sixth inning.

Woodard went the distance for her ninth complete game, allowing just three hits in seven innings.

A leadoff single led to the game’s only run as an infield error eventually scored switch-hitting infielder Stacie Gaskill, who moved into scoring position on a passed ball.

The Saints continue conference action as they travel to LaCrosse, Wisc., for a two-day series against Viterbo University (5-29, 4-14 MCC) next week. Games for Monday and Tuesday are slated to start at 3 p.m.