UJ softball rebounds with pair of victories
After losing a pair of contests to a team University of Jamestown softball should've beaten on Friday—7-13 Briar Cliff University—the Jimmies got back on track Sunday, March 31, against College of Saint Mary.
Jamestown didn't trail in either Great Plains Athletic Conference contest against the College of Saint Mary, beating the Flames 7-1 and 5-0 at Heritage Park in Omaha, Neb. The Jimmies were the home team in both games.
"We had a good outcome. We were able to score first and they had trouble catching up to (Kat) Miska and Katie (Merchant)," said Jamestown coach Kevin Gall. "Because we kept pressure on them, we were able to keep our energy up and kept the pressure on them."
The Jimmies (20-8, 4-2 GPAC) offense struggled on Friday, tallying a combined two runs and five runs in 3-1 and 9-1 (5 innings) losses.
"We had 1-2 good at-bats and we tried doing things we couldn't do with pitches," Gall explained about Friday's games.
Gall said the difference on Sunday was pitch selection.
"It was being more selective with our pitch selection," Gall said. "It was being more opportunistic when a pitcher makes a mistake. But I thought we still watched a few (pitches) go by.
"We're at midseason form and not at a place where we wanted to be," Gall said. "Hopefully we can keep getting better."
The Jimmies cranked out 19 hits between the two games, while only two went for extra bases.
Jamestown opened the scoring in game 1 as Meghan Ramage scored from third base off a wild pitch in the second inning. Leadoff hitter Mikayla Frost followed with a two-RBI single up the middle that scored Mariah Martinez and Mariah Wick to give the Jimmies a 3-0 lead.
Wick, Frost, Yoder and Sydney Prussia accounted for the other four runs in the Jimmies' 7-1 victory.
Jamestown scored two runs in the third inning of game 2 and three in the fifth to pull away for a 5-0 shutout victory.
Kat Miska pitched in game 1, allowing one unearned run on five hits and struck out nine.
"I thought she has poise on the mound and she went out there and battled," Gall said. "She did a good job of being around the plate and stretching the strike zone with her rise ball. It was typical Kat Miska style and she did a good job fielding her position."
Freshman Katie Merchant took the ball for the second contest and tossed arguably one of her best games as a Jimmie. The South Haven, Minn., native pitched a four-hit shutout, while punching out five Flame hitters.
"I never looked at the stats, but she has big potential and we just have to keep working her," Gall said.
Jamestown travels back to Nebraska on Friday and Saturday, April 5-6, to take on Concordia University (13-3, 2-0) and 21st-ranked Midland University (12-4, 2-0). The Warriors defeated No. 1-ranked team in the NAIA, Oklahoma City University 2-0 in March.
"I think they're expected to be at the top of the conference," Gall said. "Concordia has beaten some good teams, so they'll be tough. Midland is a national-tournament qualifier last year and has beaten the No. 1 team in the country already. They'll be tough competitors without question."
(RV) University of Jamestown 7, College of Saint Mary (Neb.) 1
SM 000 001 0 -- 1 5 0
UJ 030 400 0 -- 7 10 0
W--Kat Miska. L--Abby Straight.
UJ highlights: Meghan Ramage 3-3, RBI, R, BB; Mariah Wick 1-2, BB 2R; Mikayla Frost 2-2, 2 RBI, R; Katie Reisdorfer 1-3, 2B; Mariah Martinez 1-3, R; Steph Cota 1-3; Kat Miska 7 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 5 H, 1 BB, 1 K.
(RV) University of Jamestown 5, College of Saint Mary 0
SM 000 000 0 -- 0 4 3
UJ 002 030 0 -- 5 9 0
W--Katie Merchant. L--Keley Goodban.
Mikayla Frost 2-3, 2 R, BB; Allie McCain 2-4, 2 R; Miriah Yoder 2-3, RBI; Katie Reisdorfer 1-3, 2 RBI; Meghan Ramage 1-3, 2B, 1 RBI; Courtney Espinoza 1-1; Katie Merchant 7 IP; 0 R; 4 H; BB; KK.
Records: (RV) University of Jamestown 20-8. College of Saint Mary 7-16.