Sophomore Jamie Reed had two homers and six RBI Thursday against Judson
Sophomore Jamie Reed had two homers and six RBI Thursday against Judson
Game 1
5 Innings
Game 2
Judson University
Saint Xavier
Softball - Thu, Apr. 7, 2011

CHICAGO - Led by three home runs, including a fourth-inning grand slam by senior first baseman Courtney Murphy (Oak Forest, Ill./Oak Forest), the Saint Xavier University softball team got Thursday's doubleheader with Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) foe Judson University (Ill.) off to a great start with an 11-0 victory in five innings in the opening game. Unfortunately for the Cougars (19-9 overall/6-2 CCAC), the Eagles joined the home run party in game two sending five shots over the outfield wall to claim a 9-7 win in the nightcap at the SXU Softball Field in Chicago. In fact, the two teams combined for 10 home runs on the day despite the chilly conditions at the field.

In addition to Murphy's grand slam, junior shortstop Ashley Hunter (Metamora, Ill./Metamora) and sophomore designated hitter Jamie Reed (Lincoln, Neb./Saint Pius X) also each blasted homers for Saint Xavier in the game one victory. Junior Amie Brown (Joliet, Ill./Joliet Catholic) posted her second straight shutout with another superb outing on the mound. Brown improved to 9-2 on the season by allowing just three hits and a walk with five strikeouts. After a scoreless first inning, the Cougar offense came alive recording all 10 of its hits over the next three frames to end the game early due to the 11-run lead. Senior catcher Amy Kennedy (Pontiac, Ill./Pontiac) and sophomore third baseman Kate Mollohan (Tinley Park, Ill./Andrew) each went 2-for-3 at the plate in game one. Kennedy posted two runs scored and two RBI, while Mollohan scored three runs.

It appeared early on that Saint Xavier would roll to another easy win in game two jumping out to a 6-0 lead after four innings of play paced by a two-RBI double by senior left fielder Lisa Gryczewski (Mokena, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) and a two-run shot by Reed. However, Judson would plate five runs in the top of the fifth behind three consecutive homers and then add four more scores in the top of the sixth to take the lead for good. Hunter would add another run for the Cougars in the bottom of the fifth on another solo shot to left field. Errors also hurt SXU late in game two with the final four runs of the game coming in unearned due to an infield fielding error to start the frame. Senior center fielder Megan Paradzinski (Munster, Ind./Munster) finished the second game 4-for-4 with a RBI.

Saint Xavier (19-9 overall/6-2 CCAC) will host conference foe Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.) at SXU Softball Field on Saturday, April 9. The doubleheader was originally scheduled to be played in Milwaukee as a road date for the Cougars, but due to unplayable field conditions up north the games were moved to Chicago.