News From Terre Haute, Indiana

March 27, 2007

The Woods splits two with Marian College

By David Hughes

ST. MARY-OF-THE-WOODS — Ashley Loomis belted two solo home runs in the first game Tuesday, but they weren’t enough to prevent a 3-2 St. Mary-of-the-Woods loss to visiting Marian College.

Her 12-strikeout pitching performance in the second game was good enough, however, to give the host Pomeroys a 3-1 triumph to salvage a split of the softball doubleheader.

Loomis’ roundtrippers came in the fourth and sixth innings off Game One winning pitcher Stephanie Westberry, with the first traveling to deep right-center field and the second caroming off the left-field scoreboard.

Loomis described the pitch on her first homer as “a flat riseball high and outside.”

“It looked really fat,” she added.

Her second blast came on an inside pitch.

“She tried to jam me,” Loomis said, “but I got my hands through.”

Unfortunately for coach Gary Rodgers’ Pomeroys, they couldn’t muster any more runs until the second inning of the second game.

Down 1-0 with one out, Lindsey McNulty singled. One out later, Kea Silcock walked. The next batter, Stacy Kutcher, ripped a two-out single to left to plate McNulty.

A wild pitch by Marian starter Sandy Corum moved Silcock and Kutcher up one base. Then a bobble on an infield grounder hit by Allison Tomey enabled Silcock to touch home, putting the Pomeroys ahead 2-1.

The Woods increased its margin to 3-1 with one more run in the fourth. Silcock led off with another walk — she drew the only two bases on balls for her team in the second game — and she advanced to second on Kutcher’s sacrifice bunt. One out later, Erica Ketner blooped an RBI single into shallow right.

Loomis dug herself into a little bit of a hole in the sixth inning, hitting one batter with a pitch and walking another. But after a sac bunt, she struck out the last two batters.

“She pitched a great game,” Marian coach Scott Fleming mentioned.

“We’ve had good defense behind me,” assessed Loomis, a junior right-hander and former Riverton Parke High School standout. “It’s easy to pitch when you know they’re going to make the plays behind you.”

In addition to Loomis’ first-game power display, The Woods’ offense benefited from the all-around solid hitting of Ketner, who went 4 for 7 for the day.

“We showed a lot of determination today,” noted Ketner, a former Terre Haute South standout. “We’ve been working really hard in practice. We really haven’t let losses [like the one in Tuesday’s first game] bother us all season.”

Ketner also played catcher for the first time all season in the second game.

“She’s athletic enough that she can play back there,” Rodgers said. “She did an outstanding job, not only in receiving but in calling the pitches too.”

One of Marian’s biggest brightspots was the consistent hitting of Kerrie Schludecker, who went 5 for 7 with a triple in the twinbill. She tallied the Knights’ only run in the second game.



First game

Marian College 002 010 0 — 3 7 0

St. Mary-of-the-Woods 000 101 0 — 2 6 1

Westberry (W, 1-1) and Henry; Alley (L, 3-3) and Gilliatt. HR — SMWC: Loomis 2 (3).

Highlights — For Marian, Kerrie Schludecker went 3 for 4. For The Woods, Ashley Loomis clouted two home runs to make her 2 for 3, Erica Ketner also went 2 for 3 and Amanda Daniel contributed a double.

Next games — The Woods (12-8) will take on Lincoln Trail College in a doubleheader Thursday at Robinson, Ill. Marian (4-6) will be at home Thursday to play a doubleheader against Goshen.



SMWC 3, Marian 1

Second game

Marian ab r h bi SMWC ab r h bi

Krespach 3b 3 0 0 0 Tomey cf 3 0 0 0

Cotter ph 1 0 0 0 E.Ketner c 4 0 2 1

Schludecker ss 3 1 2 0 Daniel 1b 4 0 0 0

Spangler 1b 3 0 0 0 Loomis p 3 0 1 0

Hypes lf 2 0 1 1 Simmons cr 0 0 0 0

Corum p 2 0 0 0 Alley dp 2 0 0 0

Coutz cf 0 0 0 0 Brackney dp 1 0 0 0

Teagardin rf 2 0 2 0 McNulty 3b 3 1 2 0

Henry dp 3 0 0 0 J.Ketner ss 3 0 1 0

Such c 3 0 1 0 Silcock lf 1 2 0 0

Roesinger 2b 2 0 0 0 Kutcher 2b 2 0 1 1

Jackson ph 1 0 0 0 Haase rf 0 0 0 0

Thompson cf 0 0 0 0

Gladden p 0 0 0 0

Totals 25 1 6 1 Totals 26 3 7 2

Marian 100 000 0 — 1

St. Mary-of-the-Woods 020 100 x — 3

E — Schludecker 2 LOB — MC 7, SMWC 9. 3B — Schludecker. SH — Kutcher, Teagardin, Tomey. SB — Hypes. CS — Teagardin.

IP H R ER BB SO

Marian

Corum (L, 2-3) 4.0 5 3 2 2 2

Gladden 2.0 2 0 0 0 1

St. Mary-of-the-Woods

Loomis (W, 6-1) 7.0 6 1 1 2 12

WP — Corum 2. HBP — by Loomis (Hypes).