Softball Downs Akron 1-0

Mar 18, 2017

Credit MSU Athletics

Senior Karly Thompson's sacrifice fly scored sophomore Allison Rager in the bottom of the seventh inning to give Morehead State softball a 1-0 win over Akron on Saturday afternoon.

With the win, the Eagles extend their winning streak to five games and move their record to 12-7.

"We left a lot of people on base today, but our defense and our pitching allowed us to stay in the game. It was really clutch for Karly to come up with that sacrifice fly to win us the game," said head coach David Williams.

After going down in the order in the first inning, the Eagles had runners in scoring position in every inning the rest of the way, but were unable to scratch a run across until the game winner in the seventh.

With one out in the seventh, Rager tripled on a fly ball to deep right field that hit the base of the wall. After Akron walked junior Robyn Leighton, Thompson then delivered the game-winning sacrifice fly to center field.

Junior Chelsea McManaway (7-3, 0.68) picked up the shutout win for the Eagles after allowing three hits, no walks, and striking out eight in seven innings. With eight strikeouts, she now has 102 on the season.

"She did a great job, she was really in the zone. She didn't walk a batter and that's really phenomenal. Whenever you get a pitching performance like that, you can be successful," said Williams.

Rager went 3-for-4 with two singles, a triple, and the game-winning run. She is now hitting .419 on the year.

The Eagles return to action tomorrow to host Oakland in a doubleheader at noon and 2 p.m. ET.