Mercer softball sweeps double header

On senior day the Mercer University softball team swept a doubleheader with Northern Kentucky University to end a six-game skid.

Mercer (31-17, 13-8 Atlantic Sun) beat Northern Kentucky (3-37, 1-19 A-Sun) 4-1 in game one and 9-1 in five innings in game two.

In the first game, Mercer received an outstanding performance from senior Krista Kennedy as she went 3-for-3 with a home run to lead the Bears to a 4-1 win. Kennedy's homer in the third helped spark four runs over the third and fourth innings to beat the Norse.

Senior Julia Rice (9-4) got the win after a good performance in the circle as she pitched a complete game, allowed just five hits, and struck out seven.

Senior McKenzie Woody, sophomore Kaytlin Haney, and junior Kaylynn Sloat all had multi-hit games alongside Kennedy. Sloat had two doubles, a run scored, and an RBI while both Woody and Haney had two singles with an RBI and a run scored.

Game two saw a lot more runs for Mercer as they scored three runs in each of the first, second, and third innings. Freshman Kirsten Stevens (12-4) pitched masterfully to earn her first win since April 2nd. She tossed four innings of one-run ball, the lone run coming on a lead-off home run by Straley, with four hits and six strikeouts.

Woody had another two-hit game, making her 4-for-5 on the day. She also had two runs scored and a two-RBI single in the third. Freshman Caroline Taylor joined her in the multi-RBI department as she also had two along with a double.

Sloat did not register an at-bat in this game because in both her plate appearances she was hit by a pitch. That pushes her total to 18 on the season. She also scored a run.

Having exhausted their home schedule for the season, Mercer will take to the road for its final series of 2014. Next Saturday and Sunday the Bears will take on Florida Gulf Coast in a crucial series to decide their place in the A-Sun tournament.


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