IPFW Softball Keeps Rolling

By Tommy Schoegler

IPFW Softball Keeps Rolling

March 27, 2012 Updated Mar 27, 2012 at 11:00 PM EST

Fort Wayne (Indiana's NewsCenter) - The IPFW Mastodons improved to 24-7 on the season and 8-2 at home after a doubleheader sweep of the Eastern Michigan University Eagles, including a come-from-behind victory in game two of the doubleheader, as the 'Dons took the opener 5-0 before sneaking out the nightcap 4-3.

Ashleigh Bousquet was 4-for-6 for IPFW on the day, while Audrey Mintari was 3-for-5 with three RBI's. Courtney Cronin and Megan Flenniken picked up the victories, while Miranda Kramer got a save in the nightcap.

IPFW wasted no time in the opener, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first inning, the first coming when Ashleigh Bousquet picked her first of three singles in the game, scoring Larissa Franklin, who opened the inning with a walk. Cronin followed with an RBI groundout that chased home Mackenzie Ritsema, before Mintari singled in Ashleigh Bousquet, staking the Mastodons to a 3-0 lead.

Mastodon starter Kramer and relief pitcher Cronin combined to go the seven innings without allowing a run, with IPFW chipping in two more insurance runs in the bottom of the fifth inning when Alex Bousquet scored on a wild pitch, and Mintari drove in Ashleigh Bousquet with a groundout, giving the game a 5-0 score, one that would keep for the remainder of the contest.

Ashleigh Bousquet was 3-for-4 and two runs scored for the 'Dons, while Mintari was 2-for-3 with two RBI. Cronin went the final five innings of the game, giving up four hits and striking out four, improving her season record to 12-2.

In the nightcap, the teams traded two straight scoreless innings before Eagle left fielder McKenna Russ hit a three-run home run in the third inning to stake the visitors to a 3-0 lead.

Things looked bleak for IPFW, as EMU starting pitcher Lauren Wells gave up just one hit over the first five innings of the game; however, the 'Dons were able to piece together a big inning in the bottom of the sixth. The inning got its momentum when Ritsema hit a one-out single before stealing second base, and scoring on an Alex Bousquet double.

An Ashleigh Bousquet put runners on the corners, before Cronin hit a spinning ball that was picked up by Wells, but unable to put a tag on the senior, with Alex Bousquet scoring in the process, cutting the gap to one at 3-2. Mintari followed with a single to left field that scored Ashleigh Bousquet, with Cronin scoring when the relay throw to third base went awry, giving IPFW a 4-3 lead.

Eastern Michigan put runners on the corners with one out in the top of the seventh inning before Kramer, who was lifted in the first game after a line-drive ricocheted off of her shin for a single, got the next two batters to foul-out and fly-out, securing her third save of the season, tied for the 14th highest single-season total in Summit League history.

All six of IPFW's hits came from different batters, with the four runs and three RBI's coming from four and three different batters. Flenniken picked up the victory, as she gave up just four hits in the game, allowing three runs, just two of those earned, while striking out six and walking five, improving to 7-3. Kramer pitched the final two-thirds of an innings, setting her batters down in order.

The Mastodons take to the road for a trio of conference contests at North Dakota State, as IPFW will take on the Bison who are 6-0 in league play and are in first place in the league standings starting on Friday afternoon.




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