ANDERSON, Ind. — It wasn’t a picture perfect day by many measuring sticks for the Anderson University softball team on Friday.
During the first two rounds of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament, it was cold, it was windy, and there were things the Ravens didn’t do particularly well.
But there was one yardstick by which AU measured right up to the hilt and beyond.
The Ravens posted a 4-1 win over Transylvania in the opening contest and then buried the Rose-Hulman Engineers with their own poorly designed shovels 12-3 in the nightcap. The two wins mean the Rose and Bluffton will play at 11 a.m. today for a chance at knocking off the Ravens in a 1 p.m. contest.
“You know, we are where we want to be,” said AU head coach Tony Holloway. “But there are a lot of little things we need to do better. We didn’t get the sacrifice bunt down a couple of times. We had the fastest girls on our team on base and hit a couple of fly balls to left and didn’t move them around. Those are things we need to do better no matter who we play next.”
In the opening game, AU rode the extra base hits of Shelby Shaffer, Yardley Collett and Nichole Frazier to four runs on nine hits and then starting pitcher Sami Frazier wriggled off one very large hook to secure the win.
Shaffer, the freshman leadoff hitter from Center Grove, had a single and a triple and drove in half of the Ravens runs. Collett had a pair of doubles and scored a run. Nichole Frazier worked her way up to a two-run homer in the fifth that everybody in the park knew was gone before it cleared the infield.
“I think I got all of that one,” said Frazier with a laugh. “It was a meatball. I had been working my way up to it. I started with a pop up on the infield, then hit one a little bit deeper.” If the third one had been hit deeper she might have fielded a car repair bill from a fan after the game.