Paige Newhuis Throws One-Hitter as Regents Split with Sabres
Monday, April 23, 2012
Posted by: Regents Sports Information
ROCKFORD, Ill. – Fresh off its sweep over fourth place Lakeland College on Saturday afternoon, the Rockford College softball team looked to keep its momentum going when it hosted the 6th place Marian University Sabres on Sunday. Both games of the doubleheader turned into outstanding pitchers duals as the Regents would lose game one 4-2 and win game two 4-0. It was a very important split for Rockford as they have now defeated Marian two of the last four meetings after losing their first eleven against the Sabres.
The Regents got on the board early in the opening game in support of their starting pitcher. Leadoff batter Alyssa Novak (Utica, Ill./LaSalle-Peru) started the game off by reaching base with a ground ball single to the pitcher. After a bunt and groundout, Novak would take advantage of a Marian error and score the first run of the game. The Sabres would tie the game in the top of the fourth inning and take advantage of a Rockford error in the top of the sixth inning to score three runs and take a 4-1 lead into the seventh inning. The Regents would continue to claw and fight, mounting a rally in the bottom of the seventh inning. Freshman catcher Jessica Segalla (Loves Park, Ill./Harlem) got the inning of to a great start with a stand-up triple into right field. Junior shortstop Alexis Ford (Cortland, Ill./DeKalb) would lace a two-out RBI single into center field to make it 4-2 game and bring the tying run to the plate. However, that would be as close as Rockford would get as Marian would retire the next batter to win game one by a score of 4-2.
Starting senior pitcher Eryn Dougherty (Ottawa, Ill./Marquette) pitched very well in game one for Rockford. The senior threw 5.2 innings giving up 6 hits and only 2 earned runs while striking out one. Freshman Sarah Mortiz (Heyworth, Ill./Heyworth) continued to build on her solid freshman season, throwing the final 1.1 innings and giving up no runs and no hits.
Game two was all about Regents senior starting pitcher Paige Newhuis (Crete, Ill./Illinois Lutheran). Newhuis was absolutely phenomenal on the mound in only her second start of the season. After giving up a single to the leadoff hitter of the game, Newhuis would not surrender another hit for the remainder of the game. The senior threw a complete game one-hit shutout to give Rockford a split in the two-game series. Newhuis faced 25 batters, just 4 over the minimum, and struck out one. It was her fourth complete game in her two seasons at Rockford and her first complete game shutout as a Regent.
The offense would provide some run support to make it a little easier on its pitcher. The Regents would again score a run in the bottom of the first inning just as they had done in game one. Second baseman Jossilyn Jones (Rockford, Ill./Guilford) would manufacture the first run of the game for Rockford. After hitting a two-out single, Jones would steal second and third base and then score on a Marian throwing error. Rockford would score two runs in the bottom of the second inning to give itself a 3-0 lead. Segalla started the inning with a walk and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. After another walk, senior Katy Atkerson (Serena, Ill./Serena) would smash an RBI single through the right side of the infield making it a 2-0 lead. One batter later Novak would increase the Rockford lead to 3-0 with a single through the left side of the infield. Rockford would get its final run of the game in the bottom of the fourth inning Atkerson roped her second hit of the game into the gap in left center for a one-out double. She would score one batter later as Novak would also hit an RBI double into right center field for her second hit and second RBI of the game. Rockford would hold onto and win game two by a 4-0 margin.
The softball team will play its final home games of the year on Wednesday, April 25th at home against the Alverno College Inferno. The Regents are 14-5 against the Inferno and have a 6-4 record against them since joining the Northern Athletics Conference. First pitch of the doubleheader is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.