It’s safe to say the eighth-seeded Lady Eagles had the more effective weapon Friday afternoon as Maddie Monroe shut down ninth-seeded St. Xavier (Ill.) for a 3-0 victory in Columbus.
The senior worked a complete game and improved to 27-2. Monroe walked two, struck out five and scattered eight hits.
“Maddie was in the middle of it again,” Reinhardt coach Glen Crawford said in a university release. “She’s the little dog in the middle and it was a great game.”
Saint Xavier starter Megan Nonnemacher (26-4) lasted just 4 1/3 innings. She gave up three earned runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out seven. She then gave way to younger sister Nicole Nonnemacher, who finished the game by allowing just one hit and one walk.
Each of the Lady Eagles’ runs came in the second inning, when they sent eight batters to the plate.
After consecutive one-out singles by Kaley Garmon, Katie Blair and Tyler Sampson loaded the bases, Megan Nonnemacher struck out Kandi Gates, and it looked like Saint Xavier (49-8) might work its way out of the jam. However, after fouling off five pitches, Lindsey Booker came through with a single to right-center, which drove in both Garmon and Blair.
Leadoff batter Shelby Sinclair then came to the plate with Sampson on third and Booker on second and singled to left, driving in Sampson before a grounder ended the inning.
“I told our team going into the second inning, ‘Ladies, we just have to see the ball and hit the ball.’ (Nonnemacher’s) not going to throw it by our hands,” Crawford said. “We were swinging through balls more than her throwing balls by us. I promised them, if we could do that, we would hit the ball well.”
St. Xaxier put runners in scoring position in the fifth and sixth innings, but Monroe was able to work out of both situations.
Kelsey Floyd went 2-for-4, while Garmon was 2-for-3 and scored a run.
Reinhardt (44-7) will return to action tonight at 7 p.m. against the No. 1 seed Concordia (Calif.), which did not play Friday.