CLERMONT, Florida – Making her second collegiate start, freshman Lorrin Pondo hurled a 10-strikeout no-hitter to lead the MSOE softball team to the first of two wins Tuesday morning in Florida.
The Raiders (3-1) defeated Houghton (1-2) 3-1 in game one, then rode a one-hitter by junior Liz Gale to a 9-1 victory over Johnson State (0-5) in the second game.
Pondo (2-1) allowed just two base runners over 7.0 innings against the Highlanders, walking the first batter of the game before retiring the 15 hitters in a row. A lead-off error led to an unearned run in the sixth inning but she rebounded to retire each of the final six hitters of the game.
The no-hitter is the seventh on record in program history and the first seven-inning no-no. The last MSOE no-hitter came April 2, 2015, by Shannon Curtis in a 25-1 win over Maranatha.
The Raiders scored twice in the first inning of the opener. After a lead-off error, single two batters later, and a walk loaded the bases for senior Caitlyn Moran. She followed with a two-run single to center field for all the offense the team would need in the game.
Sophomore Riley Rossbach drove in an insurance run in the fourth inning. Sophomore Gabi Roderman led off the frame with a double and, two batters later, Rossbach's single to right field plated the run.
Moran, Rossbach, and junior Emily Snow finished the game with two hits each to drive the offense, which combined on nine hits in the game.
The offense overshadowed another pitching gem for the Red & White, as junior Liz Gale (1-0) allowed just one hit over 5.0 innings for her first win of the season. She struck out six and walked none, allowing just an unearned run in the game.
Once again, the Raider offense struck quickly, this time with a four-run first inning. The team knocked out four hits, stole four bases, and added a walk in the opening frame. Moran had a sacrifice fly, sophomore Amanda Manssen hit an RBI double, and sophomore Kim White drove in a run with a single in successive at-bats to make it 3-0. A double-steal attempt then traded the fourth run for an out.
Johnson State got on the board with an unearned run in the second inning before Snow doubled in a run in the bottom half of the frame and junior Emma Megal had an RBI single in the fourth inning. A three-run fifth inning then brought the game to a premature end via run rule.
After two quick outs in the fifth, MSOE went double, single, triple, single to extend its lead to 9-1 and end the game. Sophomore Kiki Davis, junior Rachel Ziemba, and Snow each had RBIs in the frame.
The Raiders tallied another 14 hits in game two, by nine different players, and stole nine bases. Ziemba and Snow had three hits each while Ziemba also stole three bases and scored three runs in the game. Snow scored twice and drove in a pair of runs. Junior Julia Marsh finished with two hits, as well.
Snow extended her streak of reaching base to 41-straight games.
MSOE's Florida trip continues Wednesday with games against Alma at 8 a.m. central time and St. Mary's (Minn.) at 10:30 a.m.