CMU's Utley Throws No-Hiter, Softball Sweeps Baker
FAYETTE, MO - Central Methodist pitcher Aubrey Utley threw her second career no-hitter Saturday, highlighting the Eagles' Heart of America Athletic Conference softball doubleheader sweep of Baker by scores of 3-2 and 12-0 in five innings.
The Eagles' Erika Reinagel, playing in her final two games at Cox Softball Complex, crossed home plate four times to establish herself as the most prolific run scorer in school history, surpassing Kelsey Johnley's all-time record of 146 from 2009-12.
Central Methodist concludes the 2013 season 12-0 at home and has won 18 straight in Fayette. The Eagles increased the longest win streak in school history to 16 games after two wins over Baker. The Eagles are 20-0 against HAAC opponents in the last two seasons at home.
Baker's two runs in game one broke a streak where Central Methodist had not allowed a run in four straight games. The Green and Black had also not given up a run in nine straight HAAC games and now has posted a shutout in 10 of its last 11.
A wild pitch and Baker throwing error on a misfired throwdown to second base scored the first two runs of the game for Central Methodist in the second inning of game one. A Baker RBI double two innings later brought the Wildcats within one, but Mary Kate Townley's RBI single in the bottom of the fourth plated Reinagel, which proved to be the game-winning run.
With two outs in the top of the seventh, Baker's Renata Dill singled to center to drive in a run and advanced to second base on an error. However, Bri Ford induced a ground out to end the game and secure the win.
Reinagel was 2-for-3 in game one with a run scored.
Ford (13-3) outlasted Baker pitcher Erin Greenwood (15-5), who allowed seven hits and three earned runs in six innings with 10 strikeouts. Ford pitched a complete game, giving up two unearned runs on seven hits while fanning seven.
After building a 2-0 advantage in game two, the Eagles exploded for 10 runs in the bottom of the second inning which saw eight hits and 15 batters come to the plate. Lauren Geringer, Melanie Wilmsmeyer, Megan Robbins, Madi Watson, Jessica Wilmes, Townley and Michele Rupard all had at least one RBI in the frame.
Reinagel and Wilmes each had two hits. Reinagel also had a game-high three runs scored, which gives her 150 in her career.
The 12 runs were more than enough for Utley (16-4), who also pitched a no-hitter in 2012 at NCAA Division II Southwest Baptist. The Trenton, Mo., native had two strikeouts in five innings in the circle.
Mallorie Nelson (6-7) dropped the decision after giving up nine earned runs, six hits, four walks and a wild pitch in only an inning and two-thirds.
Central Methodist, which claimed its third straight HAAC title Wednesday, will be the top seed in the upcoming conference tournament, scheduled May 3-4 in Overland Park, Kan. The Eagles are the defending HAAC Tournament champion.