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March 1, 2014

Mueller Totals Five Hits as Mustangs Split Season Opener at Shenandoah

WINCHESTER, Va. - Less than a year after claiming the program's first ever postseason victory, the Stevenson softball team opened their 2014 season at Shenandoah and battled back from a tough game one performance to split the doubleheader.

The Hornets took the lead early in game one, scoring one in the first inning, three in the third, and three in the fourth. Those runs would prove to be enough as the Mustangs plated their only two runs in the game in the fifth inning when both sophomore Kaitlyn Seger and junior Stephanie Ayres scored on an error by Shenandoah's left fielder Kimberly Brady.

Shenandoah (1-1) totaled fifteen hits in the game, adding three runs in the fifth off of sophomore Laura Welch, ending the contest with an eight run lead through five innings.

Junior Briana Pichalski allowed a total of six earned runs on the day, recording one strikeout. Ayres contributed three hits as well as three putouts and an assist on defense.

In game two, Stevenson (1-1) jumped out to a lead in the second inning sparked by a solo home run by sophomore Kristen Mueller. The Mustangs batted around in the lineup, allowing Mueller to tack on another RBI with a single to left field, scoring Seger and senior Kristen Fassler to bump their lead up to 6-0.

Mueller picked up four hits in the game, while the Mustangs as a team combined for 15 with five walks.

Welch started game two on the mound, allowing two runs over two innings, followed by a five innings of one run ball by sophomore Molly Hoyt. Hoyt, who also hit fourth for the Mustangs, went 3-5 in the game with two RBIs at the plate.

Senior Lindsay Kuczak popped into a sacrifice fly in the sixth followed by an RBI single for Mueller in the seventh as Stevenson took game two, 11-4.

The Mustangs continue their road schedule tomorrow as they travel to Mary Washington for a doubleheader. Game one is slated for 1:00 p.m.

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