Pioneers Softball sweeps Sunday behind pair of home runs from Mumford

Transy softball defeats Scranton

Clermont, Fla. – The Transylvania softball team began its spring break week on a winning note, sweeping its pair of opposition on Sunday in defeating the Roger Williams University Hawks, 8-0, and the Scranton University Royals, 3-1 in the nightcap.

The Pioneer veterans led the day with a collection of signature performances as senior pitcher Renae Morton pitched a no-hitter in the early win against Roger Williams while junior infielder Brittany Mumford led off both games with home runs for the Pioneers. 

Transylvania moved to 4-2 on its young season after a 2-0 start to its journey of 12 games in seven days in Clermont.

In its first game of the day versus Roger Williams, the Pioneers burst for seven runs in the first three innings to make quick work of the Hawks in five innings. Mumford started off her four-RBI performance with a home run in the bottom of the inning, and the Pioneers tacked on four more runs in the bottom of the second inning behind another extra-base hit from Mumford and a bases-loaded walk drawn by junior outfielder Shelbi Poehlein.

In total, Morton tallied nine strikeouts, only allowing a runner on base in the fourth inning via a hit-by-pitch, while the following batter got on base via a fielder's choice. Morton retired 15 of 16 batters faced on Sunday. 

In the nightcap versus Scranton, freshman pitcher Jessica Gunter collected her first career win against Scranton, working the first 4.2 innings and holding the Royals scoreless over that stretch.

Mumford continued a potent Sunday outing by leading off her second-straight game with a solo home run to give the Pioneers a 1-0 lead. The Pioneers tacked on their second run of the game in the second inning as junior infielder Meg Liter scored from third base on a one-out wild pitch.

Transylvania reprised its third straight inning with a singular run as junior infielder Jessica Powell smacked a two-out RBI double to score freshman infielder CeCe Wittry for a 3-0 lead.

Freshman pitcher Kameron Bowling worked the final 1.2 innings of the game, allowing no Scranton runs and posting one strikeout while allowing one hit.

The Pioneers return to action on Monday, March 12 as they take on Marian (Wis.) University at 4:30 p.m. followed by Bethel (Minn.) University at 7:00 p.m.

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