Darkness forced the suspension of Tuesday's (April 2) second game of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference softball doubleheader between Ashland University and Purdue Northwest in Hammond, Ind.
As it turned out, the #RV Eagles and Pride needed less than 30 minutes to finish the contest, which they did on Friday (April 5). The 12-2, five-inning win for Ashland improves its record to 21-11 overall and 7-5 in the GLIAC, and moves AU into fourth place in the conference standings.
Leading 9-1 through the first 3½ frames before the suspension on Tuesday, Ashland yielded a run to Purdue Northwest (14-10, 5-5) in the bottom of the fourth. Needing to get a run back in the top of the fifth to end the game early, the Eagles scored three – all coming on a Pride error which scored senior first baseman Kylie Asmus, junior second baseman Camille Pollutro and senior right fielder Halle Dorko.
Pacing Ashland's 12-run, 13-hit attack were Dorko (3-for-4, four runs scored), junior designated player Dayna Denner (2-for-2, two doubles, three runs, three RBIs), sophomore left fielder Emma Lawson (3-for-4, double, run, two RBIs), and junior catcher Cassie Haight (2-for-3, RBI).
Senior pitcher Hannah Stroe (10-6) earned the five-inning victory, allowing five hits, two runs (none earned) and three walks, and striking out five.
The continuation of Ashland's road trip will be on Saturday (April 6) at 1 p.m. at Parkside (0-30, 0-12).