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April 16, 2014

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods sweeps doubleheader over Rose-Hulman

TERRE HAUTE — Over the years, defeating its crosstown rival has not usually been easy for Saint Mary-of-the-Woods or Rose-Hulman when they’ve met in college softball.

But on Wednesday afternoon at The Woods, the home team made its doubleheader sweep look easy to first-year coach Mark Feller with five-inning decisions of 10-0 and 11-1.

“This being my first go-around [at The Woods], I understand it may be a crosstown rivalry,” Feller told the Tribune-Star. “I don’t look at it as a rivalry. To me, it’s just two more games in the process of where we want to be at the end of the year. We just want to continue to get better and make sure we’re peaking at the right time.”

The Pomeroys ended up with 19 hits while giving up just five hits in what amounted to a 10-inning doubleheader.

“The girls hit well today, pitched well today,” Feller continued. “It was just a great display of offense, both games, for our girls.”

Brooke Jordan pitched a one-hit shutout in the opener, striking out four batters and walking zero. The only hit she allowed was a single by Jenna Martinek in the first inning.

After scoring an unearned run in the first and two more runs in the second, the home team busted loose for four runs in the third to take a 7-0 lead. Former Riverton Parke High School standout Sarah Burnham doubled, Shelby Barnett singled and stole second base and Jordan sac-flied to right field to send Burnham racing home.

Then Shelby Turner singled in Barnett. One out later, Carly Painter reached base on an error and Rebecca Latta of Terre Haute followed with a two-run double that plated Turner and Painter.

A three-run homer to right-center field by Painter with two outs in the bottom of the fifth ended Game 1 earlier than some fans may have expected.

Game 2 was more or less decided in the second frame when SMWC put up seven runs. Highlighting the outburst were inning-opening doubles by Painter and Kirby Schuble, RBI singles by West Vigo graduate Ciarra McClain and Turner and a two-run bloop single to right-center by Painter.

Another three-run bomb with two outs, this time by Schuble to left field in the fourth inning, padded the Pomeroys’ cushion to the final score of 11-1. Schuble finished 2 for 3 with four runs batted in in Game 2.

The visitors’ only run came with two outs in the third when Carly Heibel doubled down the right-field line and Jessica Ahlborn brought her home with a single to center.

Burnham picked up the pitching victory, fanning eight and walking zero in five innings.

“We did really well today,” a smiling Burnham assessed from her dugout afterward. “We came out hitting great. We had really clutch hits. … Obviously, we came out ready to play and we had great defense both games.”

The Engineers, sitting in third place in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference standings, had played four games in the previous three days and veteran coach Brian Shearer admitted that his squad may have been tired Wednesday.

“I definitely think our previous games drained us a little bit,” he said. “We had some people playing today because of injuries [to others]. We had to make some adjustments, so that hurt us a little bit. … We’re just trying to save some things for the conference.”

Rose is 7-5 in HCAC action, trailing only Anderson (9-1) and Bluffton (10-4). The Engineers need to stay in the top four of the regular-season standings to qualify for the HCAC postseason tournament May 2-3.

The Woods, ranked No. 1 in the nation in the U.S. Collegiate Athletic Association, is not a member of the HCAC.

“Obviously it’s a crosstown rival and we want to do well,” Shearer mentioned, “but I’m looking at the bigger picture and that’s our conference games coming up on Saturday [at Mount St. Joseph].”

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