ANDERSON, Ind. — The Anderson University bats fell silent in day two of the NCAA Division III softball regional and as a result, the Ravens are headed home, finishing the season at 30-9.
AU had just five hits in two games, first losing 14-0 to No. 1 seed Illinois Wesleyan and then giving up two runs in the bottom of the seventh to lose 3-2 to Lake Forest.
In the opener, which went just six innings due to the mercy rule, Anderson had just a pair of singles, one by left fielder Morgan Burke and the other by catcher Blake Thomas.
AU starting pitcher Sami Frazier had another rough outing as she went just 3.1 innings, walking four, yielding five hits and seven earned runs. Rachel Fiscus, the relief hero of Friday’s dramatic victory over Fontbonne, also had a rough stretch. She surrendered five hits and four earned runs in just 1.2 innings.
In the 13 innings the Ravens played on Saturday, they scored in just one. That was the top of the first in the day’s second contest.
Shelby Shaffer walked. Burke doubled her to second. Yardley Collett and Taylar Kelso grounded out and the runners redmained at second and third. But Nichole Frazier, Friday’s hitting hero, grounded a single up the middle for a 2-0 AU lead.
That ended the AU offense for the day. Anderson’s only other hit came in the top of the seventh when Sorcha Cox singled.
Until the bottom of the seventh it looked like those two first-inning runs would be enough to keep the Ravens alive and playing today. Hannah Belvo started for AU and gave up just three hits going into the seventh.
But she walked Sally Snarski to open the inning. Raquel Ness came in as a pinch runner and she moved to second on a ground out. Belvo struck out Kaleigh Ambrose and AU was an out away from winning.
Tara Airola singled to tie the game and she went to second on an error by Shaffer. Lake Forest pitcher Jenny McTague singled to bring home the winning run.
AU had just two errors on the day, but the second one ultimately led to the unearned run that resulted in the Ravens’ demise.
Anderson has no seniors on its roster, so the Ravens will expect the entire roster to return for the 2015 season.