The first softball game played in the new Spring Sports Complex was one to remember.
Jackie Bishop threw a no-hitter in the first home game for the Griffons this season and the first of the new Spring Sports Complex.
Bishop dominated the game from start to finish, going seven strong innings and striking out 11 on her way to her no-hitter.
“I didn’t even know that I had one going; it’s probably a good thing I didn’t know though,” Bishop said.
Western’s offense was not as potent as it has been in the past few weeks, but the Griffons were able to find just enough offense from a few key players to get the win.
Leah Steele started the scoring when she batted in a run in the second inning. Steele belted an RBI single to bring Adelaide Quaney, who was pinch running for Keri Lorbert, across the plate and give Bishop an insurance run.
The second run of the contest scored when Michelle Stevenson singled home Blair Stalder after a leadoff double in the fourth inning.
“We faced some slower pitching in the game and was throwing our hitters off on their timing a little bit,” head coach Jen Bagley said.
Keri Lorbert was able to deliver the first hit in Spring Sports Complex history for softball as she singled in the second inning to lead things off.
“It feels good to get the hit, at the time I wasn’t really thinking about it.” Lorbert said. “Now that I think about it, it is pretty cool.”
The Griffon softball team took on Southwest Baptist Bearcats in game two of a double header Monday at the Spring Sports Complex.
Jonnelle Belger improved her record to 10-5 on the year by pitching a complete game and only allowing only one hit for the entire game as the Griffons came away with a 4-0 win.
“Today I was able to focus on the things that I needed to work on,” said Belger.
The Griffons scored two runs in the first inning off of four walks and a wild pitch. Maegan Roemmich and Ashley Hudson scored the runs.
The game stayed at 2-0 all the way until the bottom of the sixth inning when Michelle Stevenson singled to center field, driving in two runs and giving the Griffons a 4-0 lead.
Pitching saved the day for the Griffons, as the offense was only able to come up with three hits.
“Our bats did not come out like they needed to,” Bagley said. “They were throwing a lot of balls that kept us off balance.”
Belger said that she wasn’t concerned with the Griffons lack of run support.
“I think we will always produce runs,” Belger said. “I just focus on doing my job because I know they will do theirs.”
With the win the Griffons improve to 5-1 in conference play, something that Bagley says is important.
“There is not a lot of room for error with all the good teams in this conference,” Bagley said. “The loss at Washburn was tough, but we got our momentum back and Hays and kept it going today.”
Western improved their record to 25-8 on the season.