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May 2, 2014

Prep roundup for Friday, May 2

Western takes sole possession of MIC baseball lead

(Continued)

Carly Jones won the 400 in 1:09 for the Comets. Danielle Reed won the shot put with a heave of 32-9, and Jenny Keith rounded out Eastern’s winners in the discus, with a fling of 105-9.

SOFTBALL

Western 3, H. Heights 0

Erika Beeler tossed a two-hit shutout with 13 strikeouts to lead the Panthers to victory over the Huskies in a key MIC battle at Russiaville.

Beeler was in control throughout, issuing just three walks — two intentionally.

Abby Renken gave Beeler all the run support she would need with a solo home run in the first inning. Jenna Wiechmann added RBI doubles in both the third and fourth frames for the Panthers (7-3, 2-0). Wiechmann also had a single in the win, while Renken belted a double.

“Erika was very dominant and they really never threatened,” Western coach Jim Clouse said. “Defensively, we were sound. We left 11 baserunners on, so we had chances to break it open, but we kept coming even when we failed to score. In the MIC, you have to keep pace. You can’t have multiple losses and have a chance, and one of our main goals is to win the MIC.”

Northwestern 10, Peru 2

Kelsey Richards cranked her sixth homer of the season and Northwestern kept up its perfect start to the Mid-Indiana Conference slate by taking down the Bengal Tigers in Peru.

Richards opened the scoring with a two-run blast in the top of the first inning — her sixth tater in the last six games — and the Purple Tigers scored two more runs in the second inning but Peru scored three over that span for a tight game.

Pitcher Crystal Metz didn’t allow another run and the Purple Tigers scored six more times to improve to 11-2 overall and 2-0 in the MIC. Metz pitched a complete game with two earned runs, four walks and 10 strikeouts.

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