Softball Team Takes Four of Five Over Weekend

Sept. 27, 2004

Contact: David Barry

KENT, OH - The Cleveland State softball team continued its fall schedule over the weekend, playing five games over a two-day span at Kent State University. The Vikings won four of the five contests.

Game one for the Vikings was a 4-3 victory over Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Kortney Spidell earned the win after giving up runs early. Cleveland State came from behind to earn the victory.

Christina Swierz threw game two, another one-run decision for the Vikings. Swierz went the distance, earning the win in the Vikings' 6-5 victory over Gannon.

Game three on Saturday saw the Vikings fall 10-0 to Ohio State. Grace Luginbuhl started for the Vikings, and Spidell replaced her after five and two-thirds innings.

"We did not play well against Ohio State," coach Julie Jones said. "We didn't pitch well either, and it was not a very good showing. We know we can do better than what we showed."

Kaitlin Guyette drove in the winning run in game four for the Vikings, a 5-4 extra-inning victory over Kent State. The Vikings trailed 3-0 early, then scored three in the fourth to tie it up. The game went to extra innings with the Flash scoring one run in the top of the eighth off Luginbuhl, who replaced Spidell on the mound in the fourth. But Jackie Cornelius scored the game-tying run in the bottom half of the eighth on a single off the bat of Luginbuhl, and Guyette delivered the game-winning RBI single to give Cleveland State the win.

The final game on the weekend saw Cleveland State top Edinboro, 14-0. The Vikings used 14 hits to score as many runs, while J.J. Thornberry and Christina Swierz combined for a two-hitter.

Michelle Nicholas hurt her knee after tripling in her first at-bat in the first game against IUP. She was held rounding third, and went down. She sat out the rest of the weekend action and will undergo an MRI early this week.

"We're hitting better than we ever have at this point in the season," coach Julie Jones said. "The seniors hit the ball well and our defense looked good. It's also good to know you can come back and win a game like we did against Kent State and IUP. Timely hits are extremely important. Overall, it was a productive weekend for us."

The softball team will wrap up its fall season with a triple-header on Saturday, Oct. 2nd starting at 11:00 a.m. The Vikings will first take on Akron, followed by a 1:00 p.m. contest with Ohio Unversity. Cleveland State will then conclude the weekend with a 3:00 rematch with Kent State. All games will be played at Ohio State.

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