Keeping the ball in the park when the Carthage College Lady Reds are at the plate will be a key element for the Anderson University Ravens softball team this afternoon.
AU will play today at 2 p.m. CDT at Illinois Wesleyan in Bloomington, Ill., as it tests the NCAA Division III tournament waters in this double-elimination event. [Follow the game live on Stretch Internet (video) or Live Stats.]
Coincidentally, both teams have hit 38 home runs on the season.
The Reds are paced by senior first baseman Alyssa Schrader, who had 13 home runs in 42 games with 40 RBIs and a .344 batting average.
But while the Ravens had nine players with two or more home runs, Carthage has only five.
[Photo: AU’s Natalie Moorhouse, the HCAC MVP, leads the Ravens’ offense with nine home runs and 43 RBIs.]
Carthage also is hitting .294 as a team, which isn’t nearly as impressive as Anderson’s mark of .351.
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Responsible for keeping the Reds’ bats in check will be senior pitcher Monica Crowe and junior Devin Moorman. Crowe has a 1.99 ERA with 120 strikeouts in 126 innings. She gives up a home run about every 18 innings. Moorman has a 3.06 ERA with 52 strikeouts in 87 innings. She allows a home run approximately every 22 innings.
The Ravens are paced in the power department by shortstop Natalie Moorhouse, who has hit nine homers with 43 RBIs in 40 contests with a .356 average. Katie Lee tops Anderson in hitting with a .479 average. She has 13 steals in 18 attempts.
Attempting to keep AU from going yard will be junior pitcher Krystina Leazer. She has a 2.06 ERA in 190 innings with 170 strikeouts. She gives up the long ball once in every 18 innings. She has a 25-5 record and has pitched well over half of her team’s innings.
Carthage is coached by Amy Gillmore. She is a former player for Carthage and has coached the team for 15 years. She has a record of 347-216.
If the Ravens win today, they will play again at 4 p.m. on Friday against the winner of today’s game between Linfield (38-5) and Benedictine (33-9). If they lose, they will play at 10 a.m. against the loser of that game.
Tournament play runs through Sunday and possibly Monday if a second championship game is needed.
The Ravens departed by bus for the tournament site on Tuesday afternoon.
— Rick Teverbaugh is sports editor for The Herald Bulletin. Reposted with permission. Photo credit: Don Knight/The Herald Bulletin.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. 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.