Jordan throws no-hitter at USCAA National Championships
May 13, 2014
Akron, Ohio – Behind a five inning no-hitter from pitcher Brooke Jordan, the No. 1 seed Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College women’s softball team defeated No. 8 seed Penn State-Mont Alto 8-0 on Tuesday morning in the USCAA Softball National Championships at Firestone Stadium. Penn State-Mont Alto had defeated No. 9 seed Concordia College-Alabama yesterday afternoon (11-0) to advance in the matchup with SMWC.
After rain and thunderstorms had postponed the game that was to be played last night, the Pomeroys and Lady Lions were able to square off this morning after the playing field was given the proper maintenance for competition.
The no-hitter was a first of the season for the USCAA First Team All-American as she recorded a season-high 11 strikeouts in the game. Jordan retired 15 of 16 batters faced and had 0 walks. The only blemish in the game came in the third inning when she hit a batter.
The Pomeroys held a 3-0 lead after three innings, but would explode for five runs in the fourth. In that inning, the Pomeroys would score all of their runs after Emma Riffe and Sarah Burnham recorded outs in the first two at-bats. After a Jordan walk, Kirby Schuble would single, followed by Carly Painter who hit an RBI single that scored Jordan. Shelby Turner would follow with a walk to load the bases. Rebecca Latta would come up huge to extend the Pomeroy lead with a 2 RBI double that scored Painter and Schuble. Kimberly Strattman would conclude the scoring in the inning when she followed with a 2 RBI single. She reached base in all three at-bats in the game.
Painter, Latta, and Strattman would combine for 7 RBIs in the game. The Pomeroys would also benefit from 8 walks that were issued by Penn State-Mont Alto’s starting pitcher Sarah Bortner. The Lady Lion’s pitcher had just come off a one-hitter the night before against Concordia College-Alabama.
With the win, the Pomeroys improve its record to 25-16. The Lady Lions drop to 19-11. SMWC will move on to the quarterfinal game in the winner’s bracket and will face No. 5 seed Briarcliffe College (N.Y.) at 7 p.m. tonight.