The Lady Indians slugged their way past two Four Rivers Conference foes last week.
Led by three home runs and nine runs batted in from shortstop Annie Mueller in the two contests, Pacific (4-3, 2-0) blanked St. James (1-3, 0-1), 15-0, at home last Tuesday and then went on the road, beating St. Clair (0-2, 0-2), 16-6, Wednesday.
The two game tear brings Mueller’s total to five home runs and 18 RBIs on the season through seven games played.
“She is being more selective and when she is pitched to,” Pacific Head Coach Tonya Lewis said of Mueller. “She is taking advantage of pitches she can get the bat on solidly.”
The game with the Lady Bulldogs was originally scheduled to take place Thursday, but was moved up a day in an effort to get the game in ahead of a storm system due to hit at the end of the week.
Pacific pounded out 16 runs on 10 hits in the game. Mueller swatted two home runs and finished with five RBIs on the day. She also walked twice.
Madi Greco also homered, singled, walked and drove in two runs.
Lilly Pritchard turned in a pair of singles and a walk, scored three runs, drove in two and stole two bases.
Rachael Ray and Kaylee Patton both doubled. Ray walked and scored two runs. Patton scored once.
Amanda Daves and Taylor Hanger both singled and drove in two runs apiece. Hanger also scored a run.
Grace Burrows walked three times and scored twice.
Olivia Walker walked twice and scored twice.
Callie Rowbottom and Emily Gebel each scored a run.
Hanger and Daves combined to handle the pitching duties. Hanger went 4.1 innings and allowed six runs on 14 hits with three walks and two strikeouts, picking up the win.
Daves closed it out with 1.2 shutout innings and two strikeouts.
“We are still making a few mental mistakes that are costing us runs,” Lewis said. “St. Clair has some good hitters and they took advantage of every situation that we were not as sharp as we could have been. Our sophomore pitcher, Taylor Hanger, started the game for us and she struggled a little to find her strike zone but she kept pushing on and it was a great learning experience for her. Amanda Daves came in to finish the game in the fifth inning and she shut them down.”
The Lady Bulldogs got in their share of licks at the dish also.
Mikayla Weirich rapped out three hits with two RBIs and a run scored.
Madelyn Jones and Madelyn Ruszala connected for two hits each and Ruszala also walked and scored a run.
Layla Dobyns, Morgan Juergens, Macalyn LaCrone and Ashlynn Keltz each singled.
Kaitlyn Janson, Juergens, Keltz and Dobyns each scored a run.
Andi Ingle drove in two runs and LaCrone picked up an RBI.
Trisa Buffer pitched 5.1 innings in the circle for St. Clair, allowing 16 runs, 11 earned, on 10 hits and 10 walks with two strikeotus.
Ruszala recorded two outs, allowing no hits and issuing one walk.
Pacific needed just four innings the previous afternoon to knock off the Lady Tigers.
Mueller went 2-3 with a home run, two runs scored and four RBIs.
Pritchard collected a triple and two singles with three runs scored and one RBI.
“Lilly Prichard continues to get more impressive at the plate every game,” Lewis said of her leadoff hitter. “She was 3-3 on the night and crossed the plate all three times.”
Greco doubled and singled with a runs scored and one driven in.
Hanger doubled and scored three times.
Daves, Ray and Burrows each singled and scored.
Ray, Gebel and Patton each walked. Patton scored twice and Gebel once.
Daves held St. James to just three hits and two walks with two strikeouts in four innings for the complete game shutout.