Gillespie Homers Again in Softball’s Effort

Gillespie Homers Again in Softball’s Effort



April 14, 2009 – Senior outfielder Jamie Gillespie of Davenport, Iowa, homered for the fifth time in two days, but the Ashford University softball team’s bid to split a four-game series at Viterbo University was cut short in Tuesday’s doubleheader, 5-4 and 10-2.

The Saints (1-32, 1-20 MCC) picked up their first win of the season in Monday’s split with the V-Hawks (8-30, 7-15) in high-scoring fashion by a 21-2 decision.

One day removed of four home runs with two grand slams in one inning and 15 RBI combined in yesterday’s doubleheader, Gillespie leaves La Crosse, Wis., with an eye-popping stat line that includes eight hits, eight runs, five home runs and 17 runs driven home in four games.

Ashford dropped its second consecutive contest by one-run in today’s opener despite manufacturing runs in the first three innings.

The Saints opened with a two-run first frame, sparked by back-to-back doubles from junior Nichole Salazar of Minooka, Ill., and Gillespie. Gillespie would then score on a wild pitch after a single by junior Whitney Bauer of DeWitt, Iowa, advanced her to third base.

Freshman catcher Nicole Schroeder of Wheeling, Ill., belted her second home run of the season with one out in the second inning to give Ashford a three-run cushion.

Gillespie added her solo shot in the top of the third inning, but Ashford was kept off the scoreboard the rest of the way as Viterbo brought home the winning run in the bottom of the fourth frame.

Viterbo’s Marissa Rathbun handcuffed Ashford’s offense to the tune of a complete-game three hitter in the finale.

The V-Hawks mounted a five-run first inning as the Saints put their only runs of the game on the board as a result of an error in the second inning.

Freshman Janelle Schroder recorded two base hits in as many trips to the plate and scored while Samples added a single to highlight Ashford’s offensive output.

Ashford returns to the Ericksen Community Center for a doubleheader on Saturday this weekend against Mt. Mercy College at 2 p.m.

April 14, 2009 – Senior outfielder Jamie Gillespie of Davenport, Iowa, homered for the fifth time in two days, but the Ashford University softball team’s bid to split a four-game series at Viterbo University was cut short in Tuesday’s doubleheader, 5-4 and 10-2.

The Saints (1-32, 1-20 MCC) picked up their first win of the season in Monday’s split with the V-Hawks (8-30, 7-15) in high-scoring fashion by a 21-2 decision.

One day removed of four home runs with two grand slams in one inning and 15 RBI combined in yesterday’s doubleheader, Gillespie leaves La Crosse, Wis., with an eye-popping stat line that includes eight hits, eight runs, five home runs and 17 runs driven home in four games.

Ashford dropped its second consecutive contest by one-run in today’s opener despite manufacturing runs in the first three innings.

The Saints opened with a two-run first frame, sparked by back-to-back doubles from junior Nichole Salazar of Minooka, Ill., and Gillespie. Gillespie would then score on a wild pitch after a single by junior Whitney Bauer of DeWitt, Iowa, advanced her to third base.

Freshman catcher Nicole Schroeder of Wheeling, Ill., belted her second home run of the season with one out in the second inning to give Ashford a three-run cushion.

Gillespie added her solo shot in the top of the third inning, but Ashford was kept off the scoreboard the rest of the way as Viterbo brought home the winning run in the bottom of the fourth frame.

Viterbo’s Marissa Rathbun handcuffed Ashford’s offense to the tune of a complete-game three hitter in the finale.

The V-Hawks mounted a five-run first inning as the Saints put their only runs of the game on the board as a result of an error in the second inning.

Freshman Janelle Schroder recorded two base hits in as many trips to the plate and scored while Samples added a single to highlight Ashford’s offensive output.

Ashford returns to the Ericksen Community Center for a doubleheader on Saturday this weekend against Mt. Mercy College at 2 p.m.