Athletic News

April 16, 2011
For immediate release:

Huntingdon College
News Release

Giordana's Perfect Game and McClure's No-Hitter Gave Softball Two Victories on Saturday

MONTGOMERY, Ala. --- Huntingdon College's junior Bree Giordana hurled a perfect game in the second victory of the day, 16-0, over Spelman College. Sophomore Melissa McClure pitched a no-hitter in the, 8-0, win against the Jaguars in the opening Great South Athletic Conference contest on Saturday's senior day.

The Lady Hawks secured their eighth and ninth GSAC wins with ease on Saturday scoring a combined 24 runs on 15 hits in the conference double-header against Spelman (2-23, 1-13 GSAC). Together Giordana and McClure struck out 26-of-the-31 Jaguar batter's in the two run-rule victories.

Game One Boxscore

In the first game of the day, Huntingdon's offense struggled to score in the first two innings against Spelman. However, the Lady Hawks' bats knocked in one run on junior Aleah Payne's sacrifice fly to left field in the bottom of the 3rd inning, 1-0.

The Lady Hawks' offense exploded in the bottom of the 4th inning for six more runs, 7-0, extending their lead to seven. Freshman Jenna Rimensnyder scored Huntingdon's second run of the game when Spelman's catcher tried to throw out junior Brittney Novickis at second base allowing Rimensnyder to score from third. Junior Ashley Smith's sacrifice fly to center field drove in the Lady Hawks' third run followed by sophomore Chasity Ward's single up the middle. Ward stole second and third base before scoring on a throwing error giving the Lady Hawks a four run advantage, 4-0. Senior Ashley Blocker's RBI-single sent the fifth run across the plate on a Jaguars' throwing error. Huntingdon's Payne's inside the park home-run down the right field line drove in the final two runs of the inning.

Huntingdon ended the first game in the bottom of the 5th inning when junior Brittany Fox's ground out to the pitcher drove in Novickis for the run-rule, 8-0.

McClure (11-8) struck out 14 batters while only walking one Jaguar in the no-hitter. McClure added to her season total of 85 strike outs after her 17th start of the year.

At the plate, Huntingdon recorded eight hits led by Blocker, Novickis and Payne all with two hits in the win. Payne registered a game-high three-RBI's against the Jaguars while the Lady Hawks' collected eight stolen bases.

Game Two Boxscore

Giordana's dominant performance from the circle in the final game included striking out 12-of-the-15 batters in her first perfect game as a Lady Hawk. Giordana (10-3) tied McClure with a season total of 85 strike outs after her 12th start of the year.

The Lady Hawks' offense tallied 16 runs from seven hits and six Jaguar errors for the second conference win on the day, 16-0. Huntingdon stole 13 bases in the second game helping their season average of 4.2 per game, ranked third in NCAA Division III.

Payne (2-for-4) and freshman Emily Dillard (2-for-3) each paced Huntingdon with two hits. Dillard recorded a game-high four-RBI's in final win of the day.

Huntingdon opened up the second game with six runs in the bottom of the 1st inning against Spelman. The Lady Hawks' continued pouring on the runs by scoring five runs each in the bottom of the 2nd and 3rd inning.

Dillard's inside the park home-run highlighted Huntingdon's scoring by driving in three runs in the bottom of the 3rd inning.

Huntingdon (21-13, 9-3 GSAC) travels to LaGrange, Georgia on Wednesday, Apr. 20, for their final GSAC regular season double-header against LaGrange College beginning at 5 p.m. Eastern.

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Hodge Patterson
Sports Information Director
Phone: (334) 833-4579
hpatterson@huntingdon.edu


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