Princeton Downs Miami Softball, 8-0, at Capital Classic
March 18, 2006
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Unable to get its offense on track, the Miami University softball team (13-16) was no-hit by Princeton starting pitcher Kristen Schaus and dropped an 8-0 decision to the Tigers at the Capital Classic. Schaus recorded 12-of-15 outs by strikeout and faced only three batters over the minimum in the five-inning, run-rule win.
Both teams were retired in order in the first inning before Princeton put up three runs in the top of the second. After a leadoff single, a pair of walks and a hit-batter plated the Tigers' first run. Pinch hitter Lindsay Motal then struck out, putting Miami one out away from escaping a bases-loaded jam, but Cristina Cobb-Adams followed with a two-out, two-RBI double to the rightfield gap, giving Princeton a 3-0 lead.
Princeton added a single run in the top of the third on a two-out RBI single, pushing its lead to 4-0.
Miami could not muster any offense the first time through the batting order as Schaus retired eight of the first nine batters she faced, including seven by strikeout. Miami's lone base runner was sophomore Natalie Savona (Stamford, Conn.), as she drew a one-out walk in the bottom of the second.
The Tigers tacked on a pair of two-out runs in the fourth, extending their lead to 6-0. With a runner on second and two outs, Princeton notched back-to-back RBI hits by Kathryn Welch and Amanda Erickson. Welch doubled to leftfield, and Erickson added a run-scoring single to centerfield.
Two Princeton runs in the top of the fifth put Miami in an 8-0 hole. The Tigers scored their runs on a one-out double down the rightfield line and a two-out single to centerfield.
Miami put one base runner on in the third and fifth innings, both on errors by third baseman Tiffany Andras, but it could not move a runner into scoring position.
The no-hitter was the first by a Miami opponent since March 11, 2005 when the RedHawks were no-hit by the New Mexico State Aggies in an 8-0 loss.
Miami continues action in the Capital Classic against the host Sacramento State Hornets at 8:30 p.m. (EST).