By Nicholas Huenefeld/Owens Sports Information
Toledo, OH---Kasey Graham's solid relief pitching for the Express put a stamp on a doubleheader sweep of Jackson Community College today.
Game 1: Owens 6 Jackson CC 1
Ashlyn Michalak lost a shutout in the seventh inning, but picked up her sixth win of the season as the Express won 6-1.
The Express broke open a scoreless game in the top of the third with a two-out rally. Tabitha Britt was hit by a pitch, stole second, advanced to third on a passed ball and scored on an RBI single by Sydney Barron.
In the fourth, the Express added another solo run. Aja Hall, making her season debut for the Express, singled on a bunt and stole second to lead off the inning. After advancing to third on a passed ball, Jaylee Glad pinch ran for her. Glad scored later on a passed ball to put Owens up 2-0.
Then, in the sixth, the Express broke the game open with four runs. The inning featured three hits and four stolen bases. Glad, Olivia Reeder and Mareshah Scott singled, while Hallie Thompson, Scott, Michelle Hollister and Melanie Iacoangeli each produced single RBIs in the inning.
In the seventh, Michalak allowed a one out single, and then with two outs, she allowed back-to-back singles to lose the shutout. Michalak, however, struck out the final batter to end any further threat.
Michalak, who allowed six hits, one run and zero walks while striking out six over seven innings, retired 10 of the first 11 batters she faced with an error allowing the one runner to reach. She was the beneficiary of two nice double plays in the fourth and sixth innings.
As a team, the Express were 7-for-7 in steal attempts. They finished 7-for-26 offensively while nobody had more than one hit.
Sarah Wilson took the complete game loss for Jackson. Her defense let her down as only two of the six runs she allowed were earned. She gave up seven hits and zero walks while striking out one. Megan Mosher led Jackson offensively with a 2-for-3 performance.
Game 2: Owens 4 Jackson CC 2
With the game tied at two in the fifth inning, Graham relieved Lexi Sheets on the mound and retired nine of the 10 batters she faced to help the Express get a 4-2 win.
The only batter that reached during Graham's outing was via an error.
Jackson took a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Then, in the third, Hollister lined an RBI double over the centerfielder's head with one out, while Barron had a two-out RBI single to put the Express up 2-1.
Jackson would answer with a run in the fourth to tie the game at two before Graham entered. The Express scored the game's final two runs in the fifth inning when three of the first four batters reached via singles. Iacoangeli singled and scored on a wild pitch, while Hollister singled and scored on an RBI groundout from Britt.
Scott and Hollister, the eight and nine hitters in the Express lineup, combined to go 3-for-6 with three runs, one RBI and one stolen base. Scott had three stolen bases in the doubleheader. Hollister now has a team-high 14 RBIs this year.
Barron finished 2-for-3 with an RBI, Iacoangeli finished 2-for-3 with a run, and Hollister was 2-for-3 with two runs and an RBI.
Sheets allowed five hits and one walk while striking out three over four innings. Graham moved to 2-0 with the win.
The Express (11-1) will take on Tiffin University's JV team Tuesday beginning at 3:30 p.m. in Tiffin, OH.
Hollister is now hitting .485 this year, which is the highest among regulars. Iacoangeli (.423), Hannah Morrison (.421) and Scott (.405) are also hitting over .400. As a team, the Express is hitting .326. They are 42 of 46 in steal attempts.
Lauren Miller took the complete game loss for Jackson. She allowed eight hits, four runs and zero walks while striking out three in six innings.