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Mast Tosses One-Hit Shutout As Softball Splits With Olivet

Thursday, April 21, 2011

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Calvin rode the right arm of sophomore pitcher Shelby Mast to gain a doubleheader split over visiting Olivet Thursday afternoon at the Gainey Athletic Complex. Mast tossed a complete-game one-hit shutout in the opener Thursday as the Knights gained a 2-0 victory. She then allowed just five hits and one run in game two but the one run proved to be enough for Olivet as it held on for a 1-0 win over the Knights. The game one victory by Calvin allowed the Knights to snap a 10-game losing streak. Calvin is now 3-5 in the MIAA, good for sixth place in the current league standings.

In game one, Mast struck out nine and walked just one. Mast received all the run support she would need in the third as freshman Lina Avila belted a two-run double to center that scored senior Heather Sanderson and senior Marie Prins. The pair of RBI’s gave Avila 31 on the year. She is the first Calvin player since Abby Konyndyk collected a Calvin single-season record 38 RBI’s in 2005 to record more than 30 RBI’s in a season.

In game two, Mast and Olivet’s Breanne Harmon waged a pitcher’s dual with Harmon blanking Calvin on three hits. Mast struck out five and walked just one but Olivet was able to break through for the only run of the game in the third on a solo homerun to right by Kelsey Greene.

Calvin had two strong chances to score. In the second, Avila doubled to right and moved to third on a wild pitch with no outs but was stranded at third. In the sixth, senior Sass VanRooyen doubled to right and moved to third with one out but could not score.
\ Calvin returns to action on Saturday, traveling to Albion for a 1 p.m. doubleheader.

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