The Anderson University softball team swept a doubleheader from No. 4 ranked DePauw University on Thursday at Raven Field, winning both games with three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. The score of the first game was 11-10 and the second contest 10-9.
"Those were two big wins against the No. 4 team in the nation," said AU coach Tony Holloway. "We trailed in both games, but we never gave up and kept fighting. DePauw is a quality team that has been one of the best teams in the country the past decade."
In the first game, AU led 8-5 after six innings, but the Tigers plated five runs in the top of the frame to take a two-run lead. Kourtney Allender walked, Natalie Moorhouse singled and Katy Ogden was hit by a pitch to load the bases with two outs. Lys Hess doubled home all three runs with a ball of the rightfield fence for the game winner.
"Lys has been hitting the ball well all season and she went with the pitch and drove it to rightfield," said Holloway of Hess, who finished with two hits and three RBI in the game. "Allender and Ogden both had big at-bats to get on base and Natalie's single gave Lys a chance to win the game."
Lauren Smith led the offense with three hits, three RBI and two runs, including a 3-run homer in the bottom of the sixth to give the Ravens an 8-5 lead. Megan Kruse had two hits, two runs and three RBI, including a two-run homer in the fourth inning. Katie Lee added two hits, two runs and Moorhouse chipped in with two hits.
Monica Crowe earned the victory, allowing 11 hits and seven runs while striking out six with five walks.
In the second game, AU trailed 7-1 after three innings before making its second comeback of the day. Lee drove in a run with a single and Amy Wuestefeld added a two-RBI double to cut the deficit to 7-4. Michelle Brooks singled, Wuestefeld singled and Moorhouse doubled in the sixth to cut the lead to 7-6 and Crowe had a pinch-hit triple to tie the game going into the seventh inning.
After DePauw got two runs to take its second two-run lead of the day into the bottom of the seventh, Stephanie Atkins singled to open the last frame. Smith singled and Kruse followed with a three-run homer to right-center field for the game-winner.
Wuestefeld led the Ravens with three hits and two RBI, including a double. Moorhouse also had three hits, including a pair of doubles and Smith added three hits as well. Atkins had two hits, two runs and Kruse added the home run and three RBI.
"Megan has been in a slump the first part of this season, but we've really been working on her swing and she has put in a lot of time," said Holloway. "I was glad to see all that work pay off today and hopefully she has found her swing again and will continue to hit that way this weekend. We have two big conference games as Defiance on Saturday and we need to keep swinging the bats like we have been."
Smith earned the victory on the mound, allowing 11 hits and three runs in 5.2 innings of relief.
AU (13-9, 3-1 HCAC) travels to HCAC leader Defiance College on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2010, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the seventh consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing, and theology.