April 9, 2013
Contact: Jeff Sattora
CLEVELAND- The Cleveland State Vikings (10-15) dropped two close non-conference games to the Akron Zips Tuesday afternoon, falling 3-2 and 5-4 in doubleheader action at Viking Field.
The Vikings used a three-hit, two-run second inning in game one of the afternoon to take an early 2-0 lead, but were unable to hold on. Erica McNew led things off for CSU with a double in the second, followed by a sacrifice bunt from senior Caila Ferro to move McNew to third. Sara Shields then got in the action as she knocked in her first RBI of the year, scoring McNew with a single to left field. An Alyson Broschkdouble with two outs down the right field line scored Shields to total the CSU offense.
On the mound freshman Susan Knightpitched all seven innings in the game one defeat. Despite the loss she gave up just four hits and three runs (two earned), while striking out four in the loss.
In game two of the day both teams came out firing on the offensive side of things, putting runs on the board early.
Cynthia Woodarddid the first inning damage for the Vikings at the plate, as she blasted a solo home-run to tie the game at 1-1 at the end of one inning. The homer was the third of the season for the sophomore Woodard, who is currently tied for third in that category for CSU.
Woodard wasn't the only Viking with power Tuesday, as CSU hit two more homers in game two. Susan Knight hit the first of the team's three game two blasts in the second inning, before Erica McNewhit out a solo shot of her own in the bottom of the fifth.
Despite the three homers the Vikings fell behind 5-3 after two innings and weren't able to complete the comeback.
Looking at the day as a whole McNew led the way with four hits, going 4-7 in total with one home run and two RBI's. Through 25 games of 2013 the sophomore catcher now leads CSU in batting average (.375), home runs (9), RBI's (18) and runs scored (19). Her nine homers also tie her for the Horizon League lead in that category.
Freshman Alyson Broschkwas the only other Viking to get a hit in both games vs. the Zips, as she went 1-3 at the plate in both contests.
Cleveland State will be back on the field this Thursday as they head to Loretto, Pa. to take on St. Francis (Pa.) in a doubleheader beginning at 3:00 p.m.