April 29, 2011
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - Jessica Simpson became Miami's all-time winningest pitcher as the RedHawk softball team swept a doubleheader against Bowling Green on Friday. Miami won game one, 5-1, and earned a 1-0 win in the nightcap. The RedHawks improve to 26-18 overall and 9-7 in the Mid-American Conference.
Simpson pitched a complete game in the opener to earn her record setting 64th career victory. It broke the record set by Jackie Poggendorf (2002-05), who had 63 wins during her career. Simpson was perfect through 5 and 2/3 innings, not allowing a single base runner until the Falcons recorded a single in the bottom of the sixth. Bowling Green recorded a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh, the only other hit allowed by Simpson. She finished with one run on two hits while striking out four.
Miami was not able to break through until the top of the sixth inning. Jordan McElroy reached base on an error by the second baseman. Taylor Rice moved her over to second base on a sacrifice bunt. A single by Kristy Arbour moved her to third and a fielder's choice by Daniela Torres brought McElroy home.
The RedHawks broke the game open with four runs in the top of the seventh. Meghan Mawn and Kathryn Russette on base, Jenna McGivney hit her fifth home run of the season, a three-run shot to make it 5-0 and complete the Miami scoring.
McGivney finished the first game 1-for-3 with three RBI and one run scored. Mawn was 2-for-4 with one run scored, while Larrabee was 2-for-3.
The second game was a pitcher's duel between Miami's Katie Osburn and Bowling Green's Zada Lines. Neither team was able to break through until the top of the sixth inning. Fehrenbach led off the frame with a double to left center. Two batters later, Mawn tripled down the right field line to bring her home.
In the bottom of the sixth, Bowling Green's Hannah Fulk led off the inning with a double to left field. Miami answered by bringing Simpson back into the game in relief of Osburn. The Falcons would eventually load the bases with one out off a bunt single and a fielder's choice, but Simpson strikeout the next batter and McGivney would pickoff Fulk off of third base to end the threat. In the bottom of the seventh, Simpson would retire the Falcon batters in order to secure a 1-0 win.
Mawn finished the game 1-for-3 with one RBI. Fehrenbach was 1-for-3 with one run scored. Osburn pitched five innings to earn the victory, giving up no runs and four hits. Simpson earned her second save of the season, giving up two hits in two innings.
Miami will look for its 10th win in its last 11 games when it travels to Toledo Saturday for a 2 p.m. game.