Friday, March 20, 2015

Stars sweep Benedictine

The University of Illinois Springfield powered through rain and Benedictine-Springfield, sweeping a doubleheader 8-2 and 7-0.

The Prairie Stars’ pitching staff kept the Bulldogs at bay.

In the first game, Alexandria Smith struck out eight while giving up two hits and two runs.

In Game 2, Rachel Goff and winning pitcher Taylor Bowlby combined for a five-inning no-hitter. Bowlby, a sophomore, struck out four and allowed one walk in three innings.

UIS’ offense also looked strong, as freshman Jordyn Larsen went 5-for-5 across both games with a double and two runs scored. Ashli King went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs in the first game, and Chelsea Minor, Amanda Gosbeth, and Lauren Hollinshead drove in two runs each in the second game.

UIS improved to 16-5 overall, and Benedictine fell to 3-20.

This article appeared online in The State Journal-Register on March 19, 2015.

Read the entire article here.