3/6/2009 12:00:00 AM
Redhawks Take Two in Day One of All-Missouri Tourney
March 6, 2009
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (Friday, March 6, 2009) - The Redhawks softball team snapped a three-game losing streak in a big way at the opening day of the All-Missouri Breast Cancer Awareness Tournament in Springfield, Missouri on Friday afternoon. The Redhawks defeated host Missouri State, 4-1 in the first game ever played in newly opened Killian Softball Complex and returned later on in the day to defeat the University of Missouri-Kansas City, 10-3.
Freshman Giana Zimmerman continued her strong overall play in the Redhawks (6-4) first game of the day. Her and her teammates were anything but friendly guests at the Bears (7-6) first game in their newly constructed softball field. Zimmerman left her mark in the record books as she recorded the first victory by a pitcher and hit the first homerun in the stadium.
In the top of the second inning Zimmerman hit her first collegiate homerun over the left field fence for a quick 1-0 lead for the Redhawks.
The Redhawks blew the game open in the fourth inning as they scored three runs off of Bears starter Natalie Rose. Jennifer Vasquez singled to center with one out and Zimmerman stepped up with a triple to left center to plate Vasquez with a run that would later prove to be the gamewinner. For Zimmerman it was her third gamewinning RBI of the season.
It wasn't over for Rose in the inning as freshman Renee Kertz launched a shot down the left field line for a two-run homer, her first of her collegiate career.
Zimmerman was equally impressive in the circle as she held the Bears in check until the seventh inning. She shut down the Bears offense for 6 2/3 innings and at one point retired 12-straight Bears. The Bears added a run in the final inning for the final score.
Zimmerman picked up her fourth win of the season and her fourth complete game in as many starts. She allowed one run on just three hits while striking out two in a masterful effort.
From the plate she went 2-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Vasquez also collected two hits.
Rose (2-3) was collared with the loss as she lasted just four innings allowing all four runs off of five hits.
Jenna Schwark recorded the lone RBI for the Bears with her double in the seventh.
In their second game of the day against UMKC the Redhawks broke open a one-run game thanks to the bat of Elise Sperakos. With the score 3-2 in favor of the Redhawks in the top of the fourth inning, Sperakos came to the plate with the bases loaded and launched a two-out grand slam to give the Redhawks a 7-2 advantage and gave starter Whitney Dupuis plenty of runs to work with.
Dupuis recorded her first complete game of the season as she went the distance allowing three unearned runs on six hits to improve to 2-3.
The Redhawks were the first to score in the game in their half of the third as Alex Ramirez hit her team-high second homerun of the season to plate Sperakos and Sirena Watkins for a quick 3-0 lead.
After the Kangaroos scored a run in the sixth the Redhawks added three more runs in the top of the seventh. A perfectly executed double-steal had Ramirez score as she stole home and Vasquez moved into scoring position after stealing second and moving to third on an error. Kertz would walk and then steal second to give the Redhawks runners at third and second with Carmen Fowler at the plate. Fowler doubled down the right field line to plate the two runners.
Sperakos went 3-4 with two runs scored and a career-high four RBIs. Fowler also went 3-4.
Stein went 2-4 with a run scored to round out the Redhawks multiple hits as seven Redhawks collected hits.
The Redhawks conclude the tournament tomorrow with two more games. They face Saint Louis at 10:00 a.m. before taking on 12th ranked Missouri at 4:00 p.m.