Miami Softball Drops A Pair Despite Two Pitching Gems
Feb. 22, 2003
Some baseball purists say that it takes a while for the hitting to catch up with the pitching and no day exemplified it more than Saturday in Las Cruces, N.M. when Miami fell to IPFW, 1-0, and Nevada-Reno, 4-1, despite giving up zero earned runs.
In the first game at the Askew Complex on the campus of New Mexico State University, sophomore Jackie Poggendorf (Phoenix, Ariz./ Shadow Mountain) struck out seven IPFW batters on the way to giving up four hits. Poggendorf only allowed one batter past first base through four innings.
After a single by Lori Faurote in the fifth, freshman right-fielder Katie Arnone (Pemproke Pines, Fla./Chaminade-Madonna) misplayed a ball hit into the swirling wind off the bat of Beth Harmon that allowed the only run of the game to score.
Freshman Becca Garcia (Martinez, Calif./College Park) managed the only Miami hit as the young RedHawks battled the wind that briskly blew out towards leftfield.
In the second game, Miami earned nine hits but was only able to muster one run. In the fourth inning, senior Angie Gerber (La Salle, Mich./Mason), who went 3-for-3 in the second game, doubled into left-center to begin the short rally. Sophomore Allison Maxey (Chesterfield, Mo./Parkway Central) provided the RBI when she singled into right field and gave Miami a 1-0 lead.
In the sixth inning, Brittany Lorenzen doubled for the Wolfpack to lead off the inning. After a walk and two strikeouts, Stephanie Grant hit a fly ball into centerfield, but glanced off the glove of freshman Casey Ruberg (Cincinnati, Ohio/McNicholas) to give Nevada a 2-1 lead.
Freshman pitcher Courtney Salmon (Auburn, Wash./Auburn) walked the next batter, followed with a triple by the batter Stacy Mueller to score two more and bring the final score to 4-1.
In spite of the loss, Salmon has still not allowed an earned run in her 19 innings pitched on the season. Salmon struck out five batters and allowed five hits during the 2:30 game.
Miami dropped to .500 with a record of 3-3 and will not have long to rest as they face Western Illinois on Sunday at 8:30 a.m.