Gillespie’s Grand Slams Surges Softball to Win

Gillespie’s Grand Slams Surges Softball to Win

April 13, 2009 – Senior outfielder Jamie Gillespie of Davenport, Iowa, slugged four home runs -- including two grand slams in one inning -- and drove in 15 runs on the day as Ashford University’s softball team routed Viterbo University, 21-2 in five innings, to highlight the first game of a doubleheader split on Monday.

The V-Hawks were able to take game two, rallying to edge the Saints with three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, 10-9, in La Crosse, Wisc.

Ashford’s first win of the season halts a 29-game season slide and represents its first victory since April 26, 2008 -- a 12-6 triumph over Mt. Mercy College. Viterbo moved to 6-30 on the season, 5-15 in MCC action.

“We’re really excited to get our first win and it was really nice to get a bunch of runs in the process,” said Ashford Head Coach Kyle Yore. “We’ll rest up tonight and try to come back tomorrow to get two more wins.”

Gillespie needed another line in the box score and she provided plenty of thrill as Ashford pounded out a season-high 18 hits against three Viterbo pitchers. Her two grand slams helped end the game early as the floodgates opened with a 12-run fifth inning.

At 5-4, the diminutive Gillespie will be the first to admit she’s a natural slap-hitter, but the power stroke was there for the lone senior on Ashford’s roster. She came into today’s games with one RBI this season that came against Cornell College back in March.

“I definitely didn’t think it was possible,” said Gillespie of her day’s performance. “I wasn’t even expecting the first one. To get two (grand slams), it just felt great to help my teammates get some runs across and get that first win. I just wanted to try and find a gap and when I got the 2-0 count, I looked for the perfect pitch, and it happened to be the one.”

Gillespie had plenty of help as every AU starter contributed in the high-scoring affair.

Junior Jessie Rosenow of Erie, Ill., added a three-run homer, her second of the year, in the top of the third inning to open up the scoring. Freshmen Janelle and Nicole Schroeder of Wheeling, Ill., each scored three times on two hits. Freshman Jessica Martin of Arlington Heights, Ill., plated two runs on two hits and junior Nichole Salazar of Minooka, Ill., scored three times leading off.

Freshman Nikki Woodard of Carbon Cliff, Ill., picked up the win, going the distance to finish off her 10th complete game of the season. Woodard allowed just two runs on seven hits.

Gillespie kept it going in game two, powering another pair of home runs to record five more RBI and anchor the Saints’ 13-hit attack.

Freshman Cara Harmon of Westfield, Ind., drove home two runs with a double in a five-run sixth inning, but the V-Hawks loaded the bases with no outs on a hit batsman, error and a bunt single in the go-ahead seventh inning.

Ashford and Viterbo meet again tomorrow afternoon at 3 p.m. for another doubleheader.

April 13, 2009 – Senior outfielder Jamie Gillespie of Davenport, Iowa, slugged four home runs -- including two grand slams in one inning -- and drove in 15 runs on the day as Ashford University’s softball team routed Viterbo University, 21-2 in five innings, to highlight the first game of a doubleheader split on Monday.

The V-Hawks were able to take game two, rallying to edge the Saints with three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, 10-9, in La Crosse, Wisc.

Ashford’s first win of the season halts a 29-game season slide and represents its first victory since April 26, 2008 -- a 12-6 triumph over Mt. Mercy College. Viterbo moved to 6-30 on the season, 5-15 in MCC action.

“We’re really excited to get our first win and it was really nice to get a bunch of runs in the process,” said Ashford Head Coach Kyle Yore. “We’ll rest up tonight and try to come back tomorrow to get two more wins.”

Gillespie needed another line in the box score and she provided plenty of thrill as Ashford pounded out a season-high 18 hits against three Viterbo pitchers. Her two grand slams helped end the game early as the floodgates opened with a 12-run fifth inning.

At 5-4, the diminutive Gillespie will be the first to admit she’s a natural slap-hitter, but the power stroke was there for the lone senior on Ashford’s roster. She came into today’s games with one RBI this season that came against Cornell College back in March.

“I definitely didn’t think it was possible,” said Gillespie of her day’s performance. “I wasn’t even expecting the first one. To get two (grand slams), it just felt great to help my teammates get some runs across and get that first win. I just wanted to try and find a gap and when I got the 2-0 count, I looked for the perfect pitch, and it happened to be the one.”

Gillespie had plenty of help as every AU starter contributed in the high-scoring affair.

Junior Jessie Rosenow of Erie, Ill., added a three-run homer, her second of the year, in the top of the third inning to open up the scoring. Freshmen Janelle and Nicole Schroeder of Wheeling, Ill., each scored three times on two hits. Freshman Jessica Martin of Arlington Heights, Ill., plated two runs on two hits and junior Nichole Salazar of Minooka, Ill., scored three times leading off.

Freshman Nikki Woodard of Carbon Cliff, Ill., picked up the win, going the distance to finish off her 10th complete game of the season. Woodard allowed just two runs on seven hits.

Gillespie kept it going in game two, powering another pair of home runs to record five more RBI and anchor the Saints’ 13-hit attack.

Freshman Cara Harmon of Westfield, Ind., drove home two runs with a double in a five-run sixth inning, but the V-Hawks loaded the bases with no outs on a hit batsman, error and a bunt single in the go-ahead seventh inning.

Ashford and Viterbo meet again tomorrow afternoon at 3 p.m. for another doubleheader.