Softball heads to Hammond, Louisiana this weekend to play Southeastern Louisiana University (12-9) in a three-game series to kick start their Southland Conference season.
The Wildcats currently stand at 6-11 after sweeping the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff last weekend, outscoring them 31-3 over three games. Sophomore Briana Barnhill crushed a grand slam in the first inning of the first game, starting the game on a bang. Junior Casey-May Huff and senior Cara Hoover also recorded two-RBIs each.
Redshirt sophomore Hannah Null threw the second no-hitter of her career with a perfect 5.0-innings and 12 strikeouts in a 9-0 win over the Golden Lions. She’s only the second pitcher in ACU softball history to throw two no-hitters.
“Anytime someone throws a no-hitter, it’s a tremendous deal,” said head coach Bobby Reeves. “Hannah’s doing a great job throwing the ball real well, as well as our other pitchers did last weekend. It’s a very good momentum builder for this weekend against Southeastern.”
Freshman pitcher Allison Turner also did well, throwing an 8-0 shutout in the second game against Pine Bluff. She recorded 6.0-innings with three strikeouts and three hits. Seven Wildcats recorded at least one hit, and five recorded at least one RBI.
The last game ended in a 14-3 win for the Wildcats, with Huff pitching 5.0-innings and giving up three runs. Every ACU starter got at least one hit in the incredible game, and the team recorded a total of 13 RBIs. Junior Taylor Brown hit the 16th triple of her collegiate career, the most in ACU softball history.
Reeves voiced concerns about the recent rain and flooding in Louisiana and how that might impact the games, though the team is still set to leave Friday morning.
“As of now, we’ll go down there,” Reeves said. “They’re picked right in the middle of conference just like we are, so it should be a good battle. Anytime you start conference, it’s a whole new ball game but in our game, anybody can beat anybody on a given day.”