The Ravens made good use of all four seniors on their way to a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference sweep over Franklin by scores of 3-2 and 8-2.
The wins keep the team unbeaten in league play at 14-0 and 25-10 overall.
[Photo: AU senior Kelly Rusterholz hits an RBI double.]
Consider these worthy-of-celebration moments by the seniors:
Monica Crowe: Gives up seven hits but only two earned runs with one walk and three strikeouts as the winning pitcher in the opening game.
Kelly Rusterholz: Her second double in the first game was of the walk-off variety and drove in Megan Ream in the bottom of the seventh inning.
“That was my first walkoff hit (at AU),” said Rusterholz. “It was an inside pitch. I thought it was out when I hit it.”
Megan Kruse: Broke up a close 3-1 game with a three-run homer to center field in the fourth inning to give the Ravens a 6-1 lead.
“I thought I might have gotten too much under it,” said Kruse, who was hitting at the bottom of the batting order. “It just shows that we have hitters 1 through 22. We have home run derbies, and everybody hits them.”
Stephanie Atkins: Caught all 14 innings and cracked a mammoth home run over the center field fence in the bottom of the fifth in the second game.
“All four of our seniors came through today,” said AU coach Tony Holloway. “These are the first group of players that I recruited. They are special to me. They bought into the program and changed it for the better.”
The Ravens are just two wins away from finishing the conference schedule unbeaten.
Those two games will be played next Saturday at Mount St. Joseph.
“I thought at the start of the season that this was a team that could do that (go unbeaten in the HCAC),” said Holloway. “I feel good about the way we are winning games. Different people can hurt you in any given game. We will try to finish this out. The only other team to do that was us back in 2000.”
In the opening contest, AU had seven hits, two apiece by Ream and Rusterholz.
In the nightcap, Highland grad Katie Lee, Natalie Moorhouse, Katy Goden, and Rusterholz each had two hits apiece and scored a run.
Devin Moorman pitched a complete game for the Ravens, giving up four hits with eight strikeouts and three walks.
Ream had an outstanding game defensively in left field, taking away what would have been a two-run double with a diving catch to preserve a 1-1 deadlock.
Elwood graduate Kelsey Whitson played both games for the Grizzlies.
In the opening game, as the first baseman, she had a rough time, going 0-for-3 and getting hit in the back by a Crowe pitch.
In the nightcap, the Franklin senior played left field and ended her day with a double and a run scored in the sixth inning.
— Rick Teverbaugh is sports editor for The Herald Bulletin. Story reposted with permission. Photo Credit: Don Knight/The Herald Bulletin.
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