Pioneer Softball shuts out pair of opponents to complete perfect first-half start in Florida

Fredonia 0, Transy 2

Clermont, Fla. - The Transylvania softball team completed a perfect first-half start to their spring break week in Florida, shutting out their fourth and fifth opponents in six games by claiming a 7-0 win over the Endicott College Gulls and a 2-0 win against the Fredonia State Blue Devils on Wednesday evening at the PFX Games.

The Pioneers improved to 8-2 on the year while cultivating a six-game win streak that originated in their first game of the spring break series back on Sunday morning. Transylvania handed each Wednesday opponent their first loss of the season while shutting out both teams in the process.

Freshman pitcher Kameron Bowling achieved her second victory of the season, receiving the start against Endicott and going 5.2 innings for the win. Bowling tallied three strikeouts, two walks, and only allowed one hit against the Gulls order.  

The Pioneers endured an offensive blockade against the Gulls until the bottom of the fourth inning, when junior infielder Jessica Powell delivered a single into left field that scored junior infielder Meg Liter for the first run of the game. Sophomore infielder Sydney Motell followed with an RBI single to score Liter for a 2-0 lead after four innings.

Transylvania exploded for a four-run inning in the fifth off back-to-back homers from senior outfielder Madison Dorsey and Liter. Dorsey's home run served as a three-run clearance that scored freshman infielder CeCe Wittry and junior infielder Brittany Mumford, while's Liter's encore moon shot boosted the Pios' lead to 6-0.

Junior outfielder Shelbi Poehlein went 2-for-4 at the plate while the Pioneers totaled 10 hits in the first game.

The nightcap served as a pitcher's duel of sorts; after the Pioneers went off for 10 runs in the first game of Tuesday's slate, Fredonia limited the Pioneers to just two hits on the day.

Fortunately for Transy, one of the two hits came at a timely juncture in the game.

With freshman pitcher Jessica Gunter working efficiently through the first five innings to keep the game scoreless, the Pioneers created a spark in the bottom of the fourth inning. With one out, Wittry drew a walk to place a runner aboard. Poehlein followed with a homer into the right field power alley to put the Pioneers ahead 2-0. It would be all the scoring that the game witnessed.

Senior pitcher Renae Morton checked in to collect a two-inning save, striking out five of six batters she faced down the stretch. Gunter moved to 2-0 on the year while Morton grabbed her first save of the season.

After a Wednesday mid-week rest day, the Pioneers return to play at the PFX Games on Thursday, March 15 to wage an 11:00 a.m. contest against St. Mary's College (Ind.) and at 1:00 p.m. versus Lakeland University (Wis.).

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