March 6, 2005
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Junior Courtney Salmon (Auburn, Wash./Auburn) picked up the win over Utah (8-12), 5-2, for Miami softball's (6-8) first victory in the Texas A&M Invitational on Sunday. The righthander gave up just four hits in the circle while freshman catcher Jamie Arundel's (Tonka Bay, Minn./Minnetonka) three RBI gave Salmon (4-3) what she needed from Miami's bats for the win.
Salmon struck out three batters in seven innings, bringing her impressive strikeout total to 54 in 47 2/3 innings this season. Against the Utes, she walked just one batter, and not until the seventh inning.
In the top of the third inning, sophomore third baseman Leslie Macedo (Livermore, Calif./Livermore) hit a leadoff double and Arundel took advantage with her second home run of the season after hitting Miami's first of the year last weekend in Charlotte, N.C. Arundel picked up another RBI the next inning, singling home pinch runner Krysta Sylvester (Youngstown, Ohio/Boardman) for a 3-0 RedHawk lead.
Miami added to it in the top of the seventh with back-to-back RBI doubles from senior centerfielder Jackie Poggendorf (Phoenix, Ariz./Shadow Mountain) and junior shortstop Bianca Paz (Mesilla, N.M./Las Cruces) for a 5-0 lead.
Utah spoiled the shutout with a two-out, two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh by designated player Kate Nygaard that finalized the 5-2 score.
The RedHawks totaled eight hits off Utah pitcher Brianna Gourdin (5-6), who walked three while striking out two and earning all five of Miami's runs.
Miami wrapped up the Texas A&M Invitational with the win and travels to the Eller Media Tournament in Las Vegas, Nev., for games against Bowling Green, New Mexico State, North Carolina State, Pacific, Minnesota and Arizona next Friday through Sunday.