The Griffons double header against Northwest was rescheduled due to anticipated rainfall. The double header was rescheduled for April 14, with games at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. respectively.
The Griffons are starting the season out with flying colors with a record of 9-1, their best 10 game start in five years. They’ve protected home field with a record of 4-0, plus dominating neutral ground with another 4-0 record. The Griffons are setting their sights high for a potential championship run later in the season.
The Griffons are clicking all around the diamond. Their pitching is solid, with freshman Sydney Rader having a dazzling start. Rader has an ERA of 0.88 and a whip of 0.79, while pitching 24 innings with 24 strikeouts, averaging a strikeout per inning. She has three complete games as well, with her record for the season being a perfect 4-0. Senior pitchers Kelly Uthe and Kaili Hinds have also combined to go 5-1, with 26 strikeouts between the two of them. Freshman Natalie Kissinger has also appeared on the mound for three innings, obtaining four strikeouts and no earned runs against her.
On the fielding aspect sophomore utility player Rian Gere has been solid as they come, with a 1 percent fielding percentage with 50 put-outs; a great defensive statistic so far.
When batting, the Griffons are a big time problem for opposing pitchers, striking fear into their heart when they walk into the batter's box. Juniors Sydni Hawkins, Brea Blanton and sophomore Chloe Armstrong lead the team in home runs with three each. Hawkins also leads the Griffons in batting average, OBP, hits and OPS.
The Griffons are in action March 16 against Lincoln university at home with games at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Following that the Griffons will host the HyVee Classic from March 19 to March 21.