Oct. 31, 2012
ROCHESTER, Mich. - Erika Polidori finished hitting .538 and six RBIs including a game-winning single, Shannon Cleveland hit .400 with six RBIs and three double and Laura Pond went 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA in nine innings pitched, as the Oakland softball team completed the fall schedule with a perfect 4-0 record with two victories over Michigan-Dearborn and Concordia.
"Overall we have grown very much in a short time together this fall," said head coach Connie Miner. "This fall season, I saw our team improve in all areas of play. I am blessed with a team that is working very hard for me to improve their game overall to put themselves in a position at the end of our league play to challenge for a Summit League championship."
Jackie Kisman earned seven hits over the fall season and tied for a team-high four runs scored, while Sarah Hartley recorded two triples and hit .455 during the four games. Erin Kownacki and Hartley each earned wins in the circle, as Kownacki threw a complete game giving up one run against Concordia and Hartley gave up two runs, only one earned in the a win over Michigan-Dearborn.
In the first game against Michigan-Dearborn, the teams were locked in a 1-1 tie going into the bottom of the seventh. Chelsea Carena led off the inning with her third hit of the game and one batter later Polidori would drive her in with a single to win 2-1. In the nightcap, the OU bats came alive as they scored 12 runs on 14 hits led by four Polidori RBIs and two RBIs from Cleveland and a two-run home run by Abbie Richardson to win 12-0.
The Oakland bats stayed hot during the first game against Concordia as Cleveland went 2-for-3 with three RBIs and Carena recorded two hits and scored three runs to lead the Golden Grizzlies to a 11-2 win in the first game. The nightcap was highlighted by a four-run fourth inning as Hartley and Brittany Prior each hit a triple and drove in a run, while Pond, Richardson and Bailee Braunreuther combined to give up only four hits to win 5-3.
"This group of pitchers and catchers are very hungry and work very hard to improve their skill level so I am very excited to watch this young group grow in the next few months before we start our regular season," added Miner. "Overall our defense was good but again, we have areas to work. We executed well offensively but I will only continue to challenge them to raise the bar."
This is the conclusion of the fall season for the Oakland softball team.