Lady Trojans sweep Austin Peay

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, March 14, 2001

Kim Unkenholz’s second career no-hitter combined with a deadly offensive attack led the Troy State softball team to a doubleheader sweep of Austin Peay at the Troy SportsPlex.

Unkenholz pitched all seven innings, allowing just three base runners on the day, leading Troy State to a 2-0 win in the first game. One runner reached on a walk, another on an error and the other was hit by a pitch. She struck out five while improving her record to 9-1 on the season. She is the author of both no-hitters in Troy State history, the first coming two years ago against Huntingdon.

Troy State went ahead 1-0 in the third inning after Patti Barnett was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, forcing Mindy Porep in from third base. The Lady Trojans added an insurance run in the sixth when Porep singled up the middle, driving in Erica Cruzat and giving the Lady Trojans a comfortable, 2-0 lead. Unkenholz would do the rest as Troy State picked up the win.

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"Kim was on top of her game today," said Troy State head coach Melanie Davis. "She was in command of her pitches and really only made one mistake and that was when she hit a batter. I am really proud of Kim and what she accomplished today."

The second game saw the offense come alive as Troy State won in just six innings, 9-1. The Lady Trojans scored a run in the first on a RBI double by Kami Marrott, and scored another run in the second after Lauren Pate’s single up the middle was misplayed by the center fielder, allowing Bridget McInnes to score from second base, putting Troy State ahead 2-0.

Troy State then busted out with five runs in the third. Renie Mitchell drove in the first run and Barnett reached on an error by the second baseman to score another run. McInnes drove home Mitchell from third on a fielders choice and Marrott stole home on a double steal to score another run.

Erica Cruzat singled to right field, driving home McInnes, putting Troy State ahead 7-0 after three.

Austin Peay would score a run in the fifth off of Marrott, but Troy State would answer with two in the sixth, as Mitchell’s single to left field drove home Peggy Swift, capping off a 9-1 win.Cory Bowen pitched four scoreless innings for her fourth win of the season.

"Our offense really put it together in the second game," according to Davis, whose team improved to 21-6 on the season. "We got some timely hitting from the top half of our lineup and Cory pitched really well."