Softball News - 2011-12
Ferrill adds Durant standout to recruiting
July 3, 2012
St. Ambrose University softball coach Ron Ferrill announced today that Durant
High School softball standout Mackenzie Snowbarger signed a letter of intent to
play softball at St. Ambrose.
Mackenzie is the daughter of Tina and Jon Snowbarger of Durant, Iowa. She
plans to study Elementary Education at SAU.
"Mackenzie brings the rare and exciting combination of being both powerful
and fast to our program," Ferrill said. "Mackenzie has set or tied all of her
school's home run records and at the same time is deceptively fast and dangerous
on the base paths. She is currently hitting over .500 on the season and ranked
fifth in the entire state of Iowa in batting average. I believe Mackenzie’s
versatility and strength will allow her game to transition to the college level
very quickly, and we are extremely excited to have her joining our program."
O'Donnell first team all-MCC; two others honorable
May 4, 2012
Freshman Erin O'Donnell was named first team All-Midwest Collegiate
Conference and Jenna Harshbarger and Sarah Frerichs received honorable mention
as the conference released its post-season awards tonight.
O'Donnell (right) was second on the team with a .341 batting average. The
shortstop from Evergreen Park, Ill., tied for the team lead with 60 hits,
including five doubles, three triples and two home runs. She drove in a
team-leading 41 runs and scored 32 times.
She had 17 multi-hit games, with four three-hit contests, and played a solid
shortstop, committing only 12 errors in 233 chances for a .948 fielding
O'Donnell really stepped up her game in MCC play, batting a team-best .414
with 21 RBIs and 15 runs scored. She finished with a .500 on-base percentage and
a .471 slugging percentage against conference opponents.
O'Donnell is the first Queen Bee to receive first team all-conference honors
since Melissa Krueger and Jessica Murphy earned the award following the 2010
other Bees received all-conference honorable mention.
Harshbarger (left) finished second in the MCC with a 2.18 ERA and was third
in the league in both wins (13) and strikeouts (161).
The junior from Monticello, Ill., went the distance in 10 of her 24 starts
and threw four shutouts. Opponents batted just .239 against her.
Frerichs (right) patrolled center field and hit .314 for St. Ambrose. The
junior from Fisher, Ill., was among the conference leaders in several
categories, including walks (second with 26), doubles (fourth with 12) and runs
scored (fourth with 37).
She was also second in the MCC in stolen bases, with 23 in 25 attempts.
The three helped SAU finish 29-27, the most wins for a Bee team since the
2009 squad won 30 games.
SAU's season ends with 10-inning loss at William Penn
May 1, 2012
William Penn 1, St. Ambrose 0 (10 inn.) -
For the third time in five tries, St. Ambrose dropped a one-run decision to
William Penn, the Midwest Collegiate Conference regular season
Tuesday, the heartbreaking loss ended the season for the Queen Bees.
William Penn (42-15) scratched out a 1-0 win in 10 innings in an MCC first
round pod tournament and will advance to the weekend's MCC Final Round
Tournament. SAU ends the year 29-27 overall.
the bottom of the 10th, with the teams deadlocked in a scoreless tie, the Lady
Statesmen got a leadoff single before a fly ball to left popped out of a diving
Britney Carlson's glove to put two runners on with no outs. After a fly out moved the lead runner to third, SAU was forced to
intentionally walk one to load the bases. The final WPU hitter lifted a fly ball
deep enough to center field to score the winning run.
The loss spoiled a pair of fantastic pitching performances. Nichole Garland
(left) allowed just three hits over the first four innings while Jenna
Harshbarger (right) gave up just four hits over the final 5.2 frames.
Even though St. Ambrose managed only five hits, the Bees had their chances.
SAU left two runners on in the second, sixth and ninth innings. The Bees also
stranded single runners in four other innings.
With a 29-27 record, SAU finished above .500 and with the most wins in a
season since the 2009 campaign (30-24).
Bees knock out Clarke; game vs. William Penn ppd. to
Apr. 29, 2012
St. Ambrose 4, Clarke 0 - Box
Ambrose kept its season alive by defeating Clarke 4-0 in an elimination game at
a Midwest Collegiate Conference tournament pod hosted by William Penn Sunday.
The loss eliminates Clarke. Due to heavy rains, SAU (29-26) will next play
William Penn Tuesday at 5 p.m. after their scheduled Sunday afternoon game was
Jenna Harshbarger (right) completely shut down Clarke, allowing just two hits
and striking out 11, in the complete-game shutout. Her only trouble came in the
third inning when the Crusaders started the inning with a hit and a walk. After
a sacrifice bunt moved the runners to second and third, Harshbarger responded
with a strikeout and induced an infield popup to end the threat.
St. Ambrose snapped the scoreless tie in the bottom of the third. Kristen
Paulson singled advanced to third on a passed ball and sacrifice. Sarah Frerichs
brought her in with a two-out single to center.
The Bees doubled their lead thanks to a Clarke error in the fourth. Kaitlyn
Reiser scored from second when the Crusader left fielder misplayed a fly ball
with two outs. SAU added a pair of runs in the fifth when Kerrie Tenboer came
through with a two-out double to drive in Frerichs and Nichole Garland.
Frerichs and Paulson each finished with two hits for St. Ambrose.
Tuesday, the Bees will be forced to defeat WPU twice to win the pod and
advance in the MCC Tournament.
SAU faces Clarke in elimination game Sunday
Apr. 28, 2012
St. Ambrose 5, Clarke 2 - Box
William Penn 9, St. Ambrose 0 (6 inn.) -
St. Ambrose will have its season on the line when the Queen Bees play Clarke
in an elimination game Sunday at 11 a.m. at a Midwest Collegiate Conference
Tournament Pod in Oskaloosa, Iowa.
SAU (28-26) opened the double-elimination pod with a 5-2 win over Clarke
before losing to host and tournament top-seed William Penn 9-0 in six innings.
Bees took control of the Clarke game early by scoring three runs in the first
inning. After scoring the first run on an error, Kerrie Tenboer (left) came
through with a big two-out, two-run double to left-center for the 3-0 lead.
Clarke scored single runs in the second and sixth innings to pull within a
run, but SAU got two insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth. Kara Devine
(middle) had a run-scoring single and Kristen Paulson (right) later brought in
another run with a sacrifice bunt.
Garland (right) got the win after allowing just five hits and two runs over 5.2
innings. Nicole Walshon surrendered just one hit in 1.1 scoreless innings to
earn the save.
The Queen Bees never got anything going against MCC regular season champion
William Penn. The Lady Statesmen put up two runs in the first inning scored in
five of the six innings overall in the 9-0 win.
Garland collected two of SAU's five total hits in defeat. Jenna Harshbarger
took the loss.
If SAU can get past Clarke for a second time in two days Sunday at 11 a.m.,
the Bees would have to play William Penn at 1:15 p.m. SAU would be forced to
defeat the Lady Statesmen back-to-back to win the pod and advance in the
Bees end regular season with sweep of Mount Mercy
Apr. 24, 2012
St. Ambrose 5, Mount Mercy 2 -
St. Ambrose 2, Mount Mercy 1 - Box
strong pitching performances from Jenna Harshbarger (left) and Nichole Garland
(right) and big hits from Kaitlyn Reiser and Kerrie Tenboer, St. Ambrose ended
the regular season by sweeping a doubleheader from Mount Mercy.
The Queen Bees won the opener 5-2 and won the second game 2-1 to improve to
27-25 overall and 11-13 in the Midwest Collegiate Conference.
With the 11-13 league mark, SAU finishes in a three-way tie for fourth in the
MCC. But by virtue of the head-to-head tiebreakers, the Bees will head to the
conference tournament as the sixth seed. St. Ambrose will compete in a
three-team pod at Oskaloosa, Iowa, along with host and top-seed William Penn and
ninth-seed Clarke. SAU will open the double-elimination pod play against Clarke
Saturday at 1 p.m.
The Bees will enter the tournament on a roll after taking two from the
league's third-place finisher in Mount Mercy.
Harshbarger (12-11) was dominant in the first game, allowing three hits and
one run while striking out six over six innings.
part of a 2-for-3, three-RBI effort, Reiser (left) tripled in a pair in the
first inning to stake Harshbarger to a quick 2-0 lead. Erin O'Donnell had an RBI
single and Reiser followed with a run-scoring double in a two-run third inning
to up the lead to 4-0. Senior Hailey Nichol (middle), playing in her final home
games, singled in an insurance run in the fourth.
After picking up two hits in the first game, Garland picked up her 10th win
of the season in the nightcap. She allowed just six hits but trailed 1-0
entering the bottom of the seventh inning.
Then the Bee bats rallied. O'Donnell hit a one-out single and Reiser tied the
game with a triple to right-center. Tenboer (right) followed with a single to
center to plate Reiser with the game winner.
Now SAU hopes to carry its momentum to pod play, where the winners of each of
the three pods, plus the highest ranked team that doesn't win a pod, advance to
the conference tournament May 5-6.
SAU earns split of doubleheader at Clarke
Apr. 22, 2012
Clarke 10, St. Ambrose 9 (8 inn.) -
St. Ambrose 8, Clarke 4 - Box score
O'Donnell, Kaitlyn Reiser and Niki Green each had two RBIs as St. Ambrose got a
split of a doubleheader with an 8-4 win in the second game at Clarke. The
Crusaders won the opener 10-9 in eight innings.
SAU is now 25-25 overall and 9-13 in the Midwest Collegiate Conference.
In the nightcap, the Queen Bees did most of their damage in a five-run fifth
inning. O'Donnell, Reiser and Kerrie Tenboer had RBIs before Green (right)
finished the big frame with a two-run home run to put SAU in front 8-3.
Clarke (8-28, 6-18 MCC) got a run back in the bottom of the fifth but could
get no closer.
Three SAU pitchers combined to allow 11 hits and the four runs. Cassi
Kowalski got the win in relief of Nichole Garland. Kowalski surrendered just one
run over 2.1 innings. Nicole Walshon worked two scoreless innings.
The win was a great bounce-back effort after St. Ambrose lost a heartbreaker
in the first game.
hit a solo homer in the second inning and O'Donnell (left) hit a three-run blast
in the third as SAU built a 4-0 lead. Even though Clarke tied the game at 4-4
with a four-run third inning, the Bees seemingly had things in control after
Reiser (right) ripped a three-run homer in the seventh to hand SAU an 8-4 lead.
But the Crusaders forced extra innings with a four-run seventh.
Kristen Paulson hit SAU's fourth homer of the game in the top of the eighth
to put the Bees back in front 9-8. But once again Clarke had an answer. A
two-out two-run single off Jenna Harshbarger proved to be decisive.
The Bees led 8-4 entering the bottom of the seventh only to see the Crusaders
force extra innings with a four-run frame.
SAU will wrap up the regular season at home Monday with a doubleheader
against Mount Mercy beginning at 3 p.m. The first round of the MCC Tournament
will be Saturday and Sunday.
Queen Bees take 2-of-3 at St. Francis Tournament
Apr. 21, 2012
Ambrose finished 2-1 at the St. Francis (Ill.) Spring Fling. All three games
were one-run decisions as the Queen Bees defeated Ashford 10-9 and got past
Robert Morris 1-0 before losing to host St. Francis 5-4. SAU is 24-24 overall.
St. Ambrose 10, Ashford 9 -
Kaitlyn Reiser (right) reached on an error to score Rachel Robinson with the
winning run as St. Ambrose scored six runs in the bottom of the seventh inning
to shock Ashford 10-9. In the inning, SAU collected four hits, drew a walk and
took advantage of three Ashford errors to complete the comeback. The Bees'
seventh inning was the team's second big inning of the game. SAU plated four
runs in the second to take a 4-2 lead with Brittany Turner's two-run triple
being the big hit in the inning. The Saints came back with five runs in the
third and two more in the fourth to lead 9-4 before the late Bee rally. Jaicie
Botica was 3-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored. Robinson struck out two in a
scoreless seventh inning to get the win in relief of Cassi Kowalski.
Ambrose 1, Robert Morris 0 - Box
Erin O'Donnell came up with a huge two-out single up the middle in the top
of the sixth inning to score Hailey Nichol with the game's only run in SAU's 1-0
win over Robert Morris. Nichol had started the inning with a base hit through
the right-side and moved to second on Nichole Garland's sacrifice bunt. That was
all the offense a pair of Bee pitchers needed. Jenna Harshbarger started and
allowed just two hits and struck out five over four innings. Cassi Kowalski
(right) got the win in relief, giving up four hits over the final three innings.
St. Francis 5, St. Ambrose 4 -
St. Ambrose scored a run in the top of the seventh to break a 3-3 tie only
to see St. Francis respond with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning to
escape with a 5-4 win. Kerrie Tenboer's third hit of the game brought in Sarah
Frerichs to give the Bees a brief 4-3 lead in the seventh. St. Francis responded
right away to tie the game and with the bases loaded and just one out, the
winning run came in to score on a wild pitch. Frerichs, Erin O'Donnell and
Kristen Paulson each had to hits to combine with Tenboer for nine of SAU's 11
total hits. Niki Green ripped a two-run home run in the second inning. Nicole
Walshon took the loss in relief of Nichole Garland.
St. Ambrose will wrap up the regular season over the next two days. Sunday,
the Queen Bees visit Clarke for a 1 p.m. doubleheader before returning home to
host Mount Mercy Monday at 3 p.m.
St. Ambrose drops two at William Penn
Apr. 17, 2012
William Penn 1, St. Ambrose 0 -
William Penn 4, St. Ambrose 3 - Box
Ambrose played conference-leading William Penn down to the wire twice. But
unfortunately, the Queen Bees came up a run short both times in dropping a
doubleheader by scores of 1-0 and 4-3 in Oskaloosa, Iowa, Tuesday afternoon.
SAU, now 21-22 overall and 8-12 in the Midwest Collegiate Conference,
committed three errors in the opener. Starter Jenna Harshbarger (right) was able
to pitch around the first two but the third Bee error, leading off the bottom of
the fifth inning, led to an unearned run.
The mistake proved to be too much to overcome as St. Ambrose managed only two
hits. The Bees' best opportunity to score came in the top of the third. Kerrie
Tenboer started the frame with a single up the middle. Leah Smith reached on a
one-out error to put two runners on with the top of the order coming up, but
Hailey Nichol and Nichole Garland both struck out to end the inning.
Harshbarger threw all six innings, allowing seven hits while striking out
three in getting the loss.
SAU started out quickly in game two, scoring three runs in the top of the
first. Erin O'Donnell and Britney Carlson had RBIs in the inning.
William Penn (37-12, 20-2 MCC) got to within a run on a two-run home run in
the third and took the lead with a pair of runs in the fourth. Again defensive
miscues came back to haunt the Bees. Two errors and a passed ball in the fourth
led to the two Lady Statesmen unearned runs.
Garland took the loss.
St. Ambrose will next compete in a tournament hosted by St. Francis Friday
Softball adds Iowa two-sport standout
Apr. 16, 2012
St. Ambrose softball coach Ron Ferrill has announced the signing of Danville,
Iowa, standout Taylor Bowling.
Taylor is the daughter of Thomas and Jennifer Bowling and attends Danville
High School. She plans on studying Nursing while attending St. Ambrose.
Coach Ferrill said, "Taylor is simply a pure athlete. She has excelled most
of her high school career at not only softball but several track and field
events as well. She is extremely versatile being able to play both middle
infield positions as well as any outfield spot. Taylor is an experienced slapper
and is fast enough to do that at this level but brings a great deal of power to
the plate as well, having hit multiple home runs her junior year. Taylor’s
potential is endless and we are excited to have her in the program."
Maggie Gorman commits to play softball at SAU
St. Ambrose softball coach Ron Ferrill has announced the signing of Marist
High School standout Maggie Gorman.
Maggie is the daughter of Joseph and Mary Kay Gorman of Chicago, Ill. She
will be studying Nursing while attending St. Ambrose.
"Maggie is a great addition to the St. Ambrose family," Ferrill said. "She is
great young lady and brings a lot to our softball program. She is primarily an
outfielder but has the ability to help us out at second base as well. She has a
great looking swing and should be able to contribute a great deal at the plate.
Maggie is also very smart player. She has played for good ASA programs and a
good high school program and those experiences matched with her intelligence,
have created a very smart player on the field."
Mount Assisi standout commits to play softball at SAU
Patricia Miller has signed a National Letter of Intent to play softball with
St. Ambrose beginning in the 2012-13 season.
Patricia is the daughter of Susan Miller of Chicago Ridge, Ill. While
attending St. Ambrose, she plans to study Exercise Science.
"Patricia is a very impressive softball player and we are excited to have her
joining the program," Ferrill said. "She is an extremely hard worker and is very
hungry to improve. Patricia is very quick and versatile. I believe she will be
able to contribute at at least three infield positions - third, shortstop and
second. She has the capability to hit from the right side as well as play some
small ball from the left side of the plate. Patricia is an exciting young player
to watch and should be able to contribute rite away."
Softball signs another big left handed bat
St. Ambrose head softball coach Ron Ferrill announced the signing of Natalia
Murphy from Lake Bluff, Ill.
Natalia is the daughter of Jim and Eileen Murphy and attends Lake Forest High
"Natalia is a strong left handed batter who we believe has the potential to
turn into a very good power hitter," Ferrill said. "She is primarily a first
baseman but is very athletic and could potentially help out in the outfield as
well. Natalia is very dedicated and hard working. She is someone that will come
in and develop quickly which makes her an exciting signing for our program."
Queen Bees take 2-of-4 at MCC Weekend
Apr. 15, 2012
St. Ambrose moved to 22-21 overall and 8-10 in the Midwest Collegiate
Conference by winning two of the four games played at the second MCC Weekend.
The Queen Bees defeated Clarke and Mount Mercy and lost to William Penn and
Ambrose 9, Clarke 1 (5 inn.) - Box
St. Ambrose took advantage of seven Clarke errors, six coming in the first
inning, to start the weekend with a five-inning 9-1 win. The Bees got just one
hit in the first, but thanks to the Crusader miscues, plated five runs in the
inning. Hailey Nichol had two hits and Sarah Frerichs finished with a pair of
RBIs. Jenna Harshbarger (right) didn't need much support. She went the distance allowing
just one hit and an unearned run in picking up the win.
William Penn 5, St. Ambrose 2 -
The Bees fell behind early and were unable to recover in a 5-2 loss to
William Penn. The Lady Statesmen scored three runs in the first and led 5-0 in
the third. SAU got both of its runs in the bottom of the third. Leah Smith and
Nichole Garland had singles before Sarah Frerichs walked to load the bases with
just one out. Erin O'Donnell was hit by a pitch to bring home the first run and
Kaitlyn Reiser followed with a run-scoring groundout. The Bees left at least one
runner on base in every inning but the first. Nicole Walshon took the loss.
Cassi Kowalski allowed only three hits in 4.2 innings of scoreless relief.
Ambrose 4, Mount Mercy 1 - Box
St. Ambrose scratched out only four hits but that's all the Bees needed in a
4-2 win over Mount Mercy. Two of the hits came as part of a two-run first
inning. Hailey Nichol led off the game with a triple and Sarah Frerichs drew a
one-out walk. Kaitlyn Reiser (right) came through with a two-out, two-run single
to give SAU a lead it would never relinquish. Frerichs later singled with two
outs and scored on a Mount Mercy error in the third inning to up the lead to
3-0. Britney Carlson singled and came around to score on a wild pitch in the
fourth. Nichole Garland got the win after allowing just five hits and no earned
runs over five innings. Jenna Harshbarger earned the save with two innings of
scoreless, one-hit relief.
Grand View 10, St. Ambrose 2 -
The Bees closed the weekend by watching Grand View collect 14 hits in a 10-2
win. The Vikings scored two runs in the first, fifth and sixth innings and blew
things open with a four-run seventh. Kerrie Tenboer hit a sacrifice fly and Kara
Devine followed with an RBI single in SAU's two-run seventh inning. Jenna
Harshbarger took the loss.
The Bees will next visit William Penn Tuesday for a conference doubleheader
beginning at 4 p.m.
St. Ambrose drops doubleheader at Waldorf
Apr. 11, 2012
Waldorf 5, St. Ambrose 3 -
Waldorf 4, St. Ambrose 2 - Box
Ambrose dropped to 20-19 overall and 6-8 in the Midwest Collegiate Conference
after losing a doubleheader at Waldorf Wednesday afternoon. The Queen Bees
dropped the opener 5-3 before falling 4-2 in the second game.
SAU grabbed 1-0 leads in the first inning of both games but could not hold
In the first game, Sarah Frerichs (right) came around to score on an error in
the top of the first. After Waldorf (21-15, 5-7 MCC) scored two runs in the
second, Frerichs drove in Nichole Garland with an RBI single to tie the game at
2-2 in the third.
The Warriors took the lead for good in the bottom of the third, scoring a
pair of runs on two solo home runs.
Waldorf added an insurance run in the fourth before Erin O'Donnell brought in
the game's final run in the top of the fifth.
Jenna Harshbarger took the loss for the Bees.
Nichol (left) gave the Bees their 1-0 lead in the second game with a leadoff
home run. Frerichs scored on an infield error in the fourth inning to up the
lead to 2-0. But Waldorf scored four runs in the bottom of the fourth with a
three-run homer being the big blow of the inning.
St. Ambrose had its chances late - loading the bases in the sixth inning and
putting two on in the seventh - but came away empty both times.
Nichol and Kaitlyn Reiser (right) each had two hits for SAU in the second
game. Garland took the loss.
The Bees will next compete in the second MCC Weekend, playing Clarke and
William Penn Saturday before battling Mount Mercy and Grand View Sunday.
Queen Bees reach 20 wins for first time since 2009
Apr. 7, 2012
For the first time in three years, St. Ambrose has cracked the 20-win
plateau. The Queen Bees got their 20th win this season by winning three games at
the Iowa Wesleyan Sammons Classic played Friday and Saturday. SAU defeated
Purdue-North Central, Benedictine-Springfield and Robert Morris before closing
the two-day event with losses to St. Francis (Ill.) and Hannibal-LaGrange. The
Bees are 20-17 overall.
St. Ambrose 5, Purdue-North Central 4 (9 inn.) -
O'Donnell's two-out single in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted St. Ambrose
to the 5-4 win in extra innings. Hailey Nichol led off the inning by getting hit
by a pitch and moved to second on a ground out. One out later, O'Donnell (right)
came through with her hit to right for the walk-off victory. The Bees got a run
in the bottom of the seventh on an RBI double from Sarah Frerichs to force extra
innings. Frerichs finished 3-for-5 while O'Donnell collected a pair of hits.
Jenna Harshbarger entered the game in the top of the ninth with one out and a
runner on third and retired the only two batters she faced to earn the win.
Rachel Robinson started and allowed three runs over 3.2 innings before giving
way to Nicole Walshon who surrendered only one run over 4.2 innings of work.
St. Ambrose 8, Benedictine-Springfield 3 -
Five Bees had at least two hits in an 8-3 win over Benedictine-Springfield
Friday. Britney Carlson led the team's 14-hit attack by going 3-for-3 for two
runs scored. Nichole Garland, Erin O'Donnell, Kaitlyn Reiser and Kerrie Tenboer
each had two hits. O'Donnell and Hailey Nichol each drove in a pair of runs in
the win. St. Ambrose led only 1-0 through three innings on Tenboer's RBI single.
But the Bees plated three runs in the fourth, added a single run on O'Donnell's
solo home run in the fifth and pulled away late with a three-run sixth inning.
Jenna Harshbarger got the complete-game victory, allowing seven hits and three
runs while striking out eight.
St. Ambrose 6, Robert Morris 5 (9 inn.) -
Reiser (left) came through with a two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the
ninth inning to lead St. Ambrose to its second extra-inning win Friday, a 6-5
decision over Robert Morris. The Bees had fallen behind 5-4 in the top of the
inning when Robert Morris pushed across an unearned run. But SAU put runners on
second and third with two outs when Reiser singled to center for her second hit
of the game. Nichole Garland and Kerrie Tenboer each had three hits in the win.
The late-inning dramatics made a winner of Jenna Harshbarger (right), who was
the winning pitcher in all three SAU games Friday. She allowed only two hits and
struck out six in three innings of relief work. Garland allowed just one earned
run over the first six innings.
St. Francis (Ill.) 9, St. Ambrose 3 -
St. Ambrose could not overcome its four errors in dropping its first game of
the two-day classic. St. Francis was able to score six unearned runs in the 9-3
win over the Bees. St. Francis broke things open with a five-run fourth inning.
Four of the runs in the inning were unearned after a pair of Bee errors in the
frame. Britney Carlson led the SAU offense by going 2-for-2 with an RBI and a
run scored. Nicole Walshon took the loss.
Hannibal-LaGrange 6, St. Ambrose 2 -
Nichol (left) was 3-for-4 and Kerrie Tenboer (right) was 2-for-2 but the rest of
the Bees could manage only three hits in a 6-2 loss to Hannibal-LaGrange. Tenboer had RBI singles in both the second and fourth innings and pulled SAU to
within a run at 3-2 in the fourth. But Hannibal-LaGrange tacked on three runs in
the fifth inning and held on for the win. Nichole Garland took the loss despite
giving up just six hits in the complete-game effort. She struck out five.
The Bees return to Midwest Collegiate Conference play Wednesday afternoon
with a doubleheader at Waldorf beginning at 3 p.m. SAU has won five of its last
six conference games to sit at 6-6 in league play.
St. Ambrose takes two from Viterbo
Apr. 4, 2012
St. Ambrose 6, Viterbo 0 -
St. Ambrose 7, Viterbo 4 - Box
St. Ambrose climbed to .500 in Midwest Collegiate Conference play after
sweeping a doubleheader from Viterbo Wednesday afternoon. The Queen Bees won by
scores of 6-0 and 7-4 to improve to 17-15 overall and 6-6 in the MCC.
the opener, the Bees collected 10 hits and rode a strong pitching performance
from Jenna Harshbarger in the 6-0 win. Harshbarger (left) threw a three-hit
shutout, while striking out six.
She would get all the offensive support she would need in the first inning as
the Bees scored two runs, the last coming on an RBI from Kaitlyn Reiser.
Kerrie Tenboer added an RBI single in the fifth inning and St. Ambrose broke
things open with a three-run sixth inning. Hailey Nichol and Erin O'Donnell
drove in runs in the frame.
O'Donnell, Tenboer and Niki Green (right) each had two hits in the opener.
SAU used a six-run second inning to sweep the doubleheader with a 7-4 win in
the second game.
The big inning, propelled by five hits and a pair of V-Hawk errors, helped
the Bees erase an early 2-0 deficit. Tenboer, Kristen Paulson, Nichol, Nichole
Garland and O'Donnell had RBIs in the inning.
Frerichs (left) belted a home run to right-center leading off the bottom of the
fourth to extend the lead to 7-2. Viterbo (5-17, 3-7 MCC) rallied by plating two
runs in the seventh and had the bases loaded with no outs before Rachel Robinson
retired three straight batters, the last two on strikeouts, to end the game.
O'Donnell (right) led SAU's eight-hit attack with three hits. Nichol picked
up two hits. Garland got the win by allowing only one earned run over four
SAU will step out of conference play to compete in the Sammons Classic Friday
and Saturday in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. The Bees will face Purdue-North Central,
Benedictine, Robert Morris, St. Francis and Hannibal-LaGrange.
Bees climb back to .500 after MCC Challenge Weekend
Apr 1, 2012
By: Kyle Kotecki
St. Ambrose had a very strong showing at the MCC Challenge Weekend. The
Queen Bees won three of their four matchups.
St. Ambrose 8, Waldorf 7 - Box
The Queen Bees first matchup was against Waldorf College.
SAU got off to a quick start scoring four funs in the second inning to take a
4-2 lead. Three errors by Waldorf played a major role in the Bees' big second
The Queen Bees tacked on three more runs in the fourth and then one more in
the fifth to
take a commanding 8-3 lead heading into the top of the seventh. However,
Waldorf attempted to rally scoring four runs before St. Ambrose closed the door and
got the 8-7 win.
Kristin Paulson (right) drove in two runs and also scored two, while Leah Smith had two
RBIs on one hit and also a run scored.
Ashford 6, St. Ambrose 5 - Box
Next the Queen bees faced Ashford University. This would be yet another
close one-run game.
St. Ambrose led of the scoring by scoring five runs in the top of the third. However, the hot start would not last as Ambrose would be held scoreless the
rest of the game.
Ashford would then go on to tie the game in the bottom of the sixth and
eventually get the walk-off win in the eighth.
The Bees' offense was led by Kerrie Tenboer who hit a three-run double in the
fifth as well as Nicole Garland who also had an RBI double in the fifth.
St. Ambrose 3, Viterbo 0 - Box
St. Ambrose would bounce back from the tough loss to Ashford by shutting out
the Viterbo University V-Hawks.
The shutout was led by an outstanding two-hit pitching performance by Jenna Harshbarger, who pitched all seven innings and struck out 13 batters.
On the offensive end Kerrie Tenboer (left), Kristen Paulson, and Leah Smith
drove in a run as the Queen Bees moved to 2-1 in the MCC Challenge weekend
through three games.
St. Ambrose 7, Iowa Wesleyan 6 -
The final game for the Queen Bees in the MCC Challenge Weekend would be yet
another close one-run game, this time against the Iowa Wesleyan Tigers.
After both teams scored three runs apiece in the first inning, Iowa Wesleyan
went on to build a three-run lead going into the sixth inning.
St. Ambrose went on to score four runs in the top of the sixth and would hold
off the Tigers to notch the win.
Erin O' Donnell and Kaitlyn Reiser each had two RBIs on two hits, while
Hailey Nichol, Nichole Garland and Sarah Frerichs each drove in a run as well to
help propel the Queen Bees to the one-run victory.
The Queen Bees ended up 3-1 in the MCC Challenge Weekend and it pushed their
overall record to an even 15-15, and 4-6 in conference.
The next game will be April 4 at home against Viterbo.
Garland helps Queen Bees stop skid with win at
Mar. 28, 2012
Augustana 4, St. Ambrose 0 -
St. Ambrose 4, Augustana 0 -
Garland threw a three-hit shutout to help St. Ambrose break a seven-game losing
streak with a 4-0 win in the second game of a doubleheader at Augustana
Wednesday afternoon. The Queen Bees lost the opener 4-0.
Garland (right) allowed just four base runners in her complete-game effort.
Her biggest jam came in the second inning when she allowed a one-out single and
hit a batter one out later to give Augustana (11-5) runners on first and second
with two outs. But Garland ended the inning with a strikeout and wasn't
threatened the rest of the way.
St. Ambrose (12-14) got all the runs it would need in the fourth. Kaitlyn
Reiser and Britney Carlson collected back-to-back two-out doubles to put the
Bees on the board and Kerrie Tenboer followed with an RBI single to up the lead
SAU would double the lead to 4-0 in the sixth. Carlson and Tenboer drove in
the insurance runs.
(left), Carlson (right) and Hailey Nichol each had two of the Bees' nine total
It was a nice bounce-back performance for the offense after collecting just
three hits in dropping the opener 4-0.
The Vikings put up single runs in the first, second, third and fifth innings.
The Bees didn't get a base runner until Garland picked up a one-out single to
right in the fourth inning. Reiser and Tenboer also singled for St. Ambrose.
Rachel Robinson took the loss.
The Bees return to Midwest Collegiate Conference play this weekend by playing
four games at the first MCC Challenge Weekend. SAU will face Waldorf, Ashford,
Viterbo and Iowa Wesleyan in Oskaloosa, Iowa.
St. Ambrose drops pair to Iowa Wesleyan
Mar. 27, 2012
Iowa Wesleyan 6, St. Ambrose 1 -
Iowa Wesleyan 7, St. Ambrose 5 -
Ambrose saw its losing streak hit six games as the Queen Bees dropped a
doubleheader by scores of 6-1 and 7-5 to Iowa Wesleyan Tuesday afternoon. SAU is
now 11-13 overall and 1-5 in the Midwest Collegiate Conference.
The skid is a bit deceiving as the Bees have held several leads, but have
seemed to surrender a big inning at the wrong time. That continued against Iowa
In the opener, it was the second inning that haunted St. Ambrose. After IWC
(8-17, 2-2 MCC) loaded the bases with no outs, Nichole Garland (right) appeared
poised to pitch herself out of the inning with a lineout and a strikeout. But a
walk brought in the first Tiger run and then a high fly ball in a stiff breeze
was misplayed, clearing the bases with three unearned runs.
Sarah Frerichs got a run back in the second inning by singling and eventually
stealing home to cut the deficit to 4-1. But Iowa Wesleyan tacked on two
insurance runs in the fourth inning to seal the 6-1 win.
The Bees were limited to just three hits and struck out 13 times. Garland
took the loss.
In the second game, St. Ambrose battled back from a 3-1 deficit to take a
lead only to give up three runs in the seventh inning in the 7-5 loss.
An error led to three unearned Iowa Wesleyan runs in the third inning a
half-inning after Kristen Paulson had given the Bees a 1-0 lead with an RBI
O'Donnell drove in a run with a double to center in the bottom of the third and
came around to score on Kaitlyn Reiser's base hit to tie the game at 3-3. Hailey
Nichol gave the Bees a 4-3 lead with a run-scoring triple in the fifth, but
allowed the Tigers to tie the game in the sixth on another unearned run.
SAU put two runners on in the sixth, but Nichols' line drive was grabbed by
the right fielder to end the threat. IWC capitalized by scoring three times on
three hits and the fourth Bee error of the game to take a 7-4 lead. Reiser
(right) ended the scoring with an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh.
Rachel Robinson took the loss.
The Bees will look to snap their skid Wednesday afternoon with a
non-conference doubleheader at Augustana.
St. Ambrose falters in doubleheader at Grand View
Mar. 25, 2012
Grand View 5, St. Ambrose 3 -
Grand View 9, St. Ambrose 7 -
Ambrose had leads in both games but a big inning in each helped Grand View sweep
the Bees by scores of 5-3 and 9-7 Sunday in Des Moines, Iowa. With the losses,
SAU drops to 11-11 overall and 1-3 in the Midwest Collegiate Conference.
In the opener, St. Ambrose led 2-0 in the first on Sarah Frerichs' two-out,
two-run double. But Grand View (12-17, 4-0 MCC) put up four runs in the third to
take the lead for good. The Vikings came up with five hits in the frame, with
four hits and all four runs coming with two outs.
As part of her three-hit game, Erin O'Donnell (right) got a run back in the
fifth inning for the Bees with a run-scoring single. SAU had others chances but
stranded two runners in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings in the 5-3 loss.
Jenna Harshbarger took the loss.
Bees came from behind three different times in the second game before ultimately
falling 9-7. The last time came in the seventh inning. Trailing 5-3, the Bees
took advantage of a Grand View error to score four unearned runs in the seventh,
all coming with two outs. Hailey Nichol and O'Donnell had RBIs in the frame.
But the Vikings responded with a four-run seventh of their own. Grand View
loaded the bases with just one out and got the win on a grand slam.
Nichol collected three hits in the loss. Nichole Garland and Kristen Paulson
(right) each had two hits. Nicole Walshon took the loss in relief.
The Bees will look to bounce back Tuesday at home against Iowa Wesleyan. The
doubleheader at Assumption High School will start at 3 p.m.
SAU drops non-conference doubleheader at Saint Xavier
Mar. 24, 2012
Saint Xavier 1, St. Ambrose 0 -
Saint Xavier 7, St. Ambrose 5 -
St. Ambrose stayed with Saint Xavier until the final inning twice before
ultimately dropping a doubleheader Saturday in Chicago, Ill. The Cougars,
receiving votes in the NAIA national poll, won the opener 1-0 and took the
second game 7-5 to drop the Queen Bees to 11-9 overall.
wasted a fantastic pitching performance from Rachel Robinson in the first game.
She allowed just three hits and one run over 4.1 innings but was saddled with
The Bee offense collected only two hits - a two-out triple from Erin
O'Donnell in the first inning and a one-out single from Britney Carlson in the
fifth. But SAU's best chance came in the sixth. Hailey Nichol (right) drew a
lead-off walk and O'Donnell was hit by a pitch to put two one with only one out.
After a strikeout, Kaitlyn Reiser lined out to shortstop to end the threat.
The Cougars pieced together three of their six hits in the fifth inning to
score their only run.
The Bees had an early lead but a late rally came up two runs short in the
second game. St. Ambrose scored two runs in the top of the first on one hit, two
walks and a big Cougar error.
Saint Xavier (15-6) scored three runs in the third and broke things open with
four runs in the sixth before SAU rallied in the seventh. The first four Bees
reached base in the inning and SAU pulled to within 7-5 on Nichole Garland's
sacrifice fly to center. St. Ambrose brought the tying run to the plate but
Kristen Paulson fouled out to first to end the game.
Jenna Harshbarger took the loss after allowing three runs over four innings.
SAU returns to Midwest Collegiate Conference play Sunday by playing a
doubleheader at Grand View beginning at 3 p.m.
Bees open MCC play with split with Ashford
Mar. 21, 2012
Ashford 11, St. Ambrose 3 (5 inn.) -
St. Ambrose 8, Ashford 5 -
Frerichs (right) had a two-run double in the fifth inning to give St. Ambrose
the lead for good to help the Queen Bees defeat Ashford 8-5 in the second game
of a doubleheader Wednesday afternoon at Assumption High School. SAU dropped the
first game 11-3 in five innings.
With the conference-opening split, St. Ambrose is11-7 overall and 1-1 in the
Midwest Collegiate Conference. Ashford moves to 11-9 overall and 1-1 in the MCC.
Frerichs ripped her one-out double to plate Nichole Garland and Britney
Carlson to put SAU in front 6-5 in the back-and-forth game. The Saints had taken
a 5-4 lead after scoring three times in the top of the fifth inning. Carlson and
Leah Smith collected RBIs in the bottom of the sixth to pad the lead.
The Bees scored in five of their six innings and pounded out 14 hits. Kaitlyn
Reiser led the attack with three hits while Garland and Kristen Paulson each had
Kowalski (left) retired the only hitter she faced in the fifth inning to earn
the win. Nicole Walshon (right) gave up only one hit and struck out three over
the final two innings to get the save.
The win allowed the Bees to get the split after dropping the opener in five
Trailing 4-0 in the second, SAU put two runs on the board on RBIs from Smith
and Hailey Nichol. The Bees threatened for more, but Kerrie Tenboer's
run-scoring hit, which would have cut the deficit to 4-3 and given SAU runners
on second and third with just one out, was overturned when the umpires ruled
Tenboer had not officially been re-entered into the game after being removed for
a pinch runner in the first inning. The threat was ended when Smith was thrown
out at the plate on Erin O'Donnell's single.
The very next inning, Ashford broke things open with a five-run third inning
to take a 9-2 lead.
Jenna Harshbarger took the loss.
The Bees will next visit Saint Xavier Saturday for a doubleheader beginning
at 12 p.m.
Reiser's inside-the-park homer lifts SAU to split
Mar. 20, 2012
Culver-Stockton 10, St. Ambrose 2 (6 inn.) -
St. Ambrose 2, Culver-Stockton 0 -
Reiser (right) hit a one-out inside-the-park home run in the seventh inning to
lift St. Ambrose to a 2-0 victory over Culver-Stockton in the second game of a
doubleheader Tuesday afternoon in Canton, Mo. The Queen Bees dropped the opener
10-2 in six innings, and moved to 10-6 overall following the split.
Nichole Garland got things started for the Bees in the seventh inning of the
nightcap by reaching on an error. She stole second base before coming around to
score on Reiser's homer down the right-field line.
Reiser picked up two of SAU's four hits in the game, also singling in the
fifth. The Bees had other opportunities to score earlier in the game. Sarah
Frerichs tripled leading off the fourth but was erased on a double-play ball to
end the frame. Britney Carlson picked up the other St. Ambrose hit, following
Reiser's single with a single of her own to give the Bees runners on the corners
with only one out, but Culver-Stockton (9-10) escaped the jam by getting an
infield popup and a groundball.
Jenna Harshbarger (right) didn't need much offensive support. She tossed a
complete-game shutout, striking out nine while only allowing five hits and one
The win followed a disappointing loss in the opener. The Bees committed three
errors, leading to six unearned runs, in the 10-2 loss in six.
After Garland gave SAU a quick 1-0 lead with an RBI single in the first, the
Wildcats responded with four runs in the bottom of the frame. Culver-Stockton
took advantage of three wild pitches and two errors in the inning as three of
the four runs were unearned.
St. Ambrose got one run back in the third when Niki Green drew a bases-loaded
walk to trim the deficit to 4-2. But CSC scored three runs in the fifth and
added three more in the sixth to get the victory.
The Bees scratched out only four hits with singles coming off the bats of
Garland, Kerrie Tenboer, Frerichs and Reiser.
Despite allowing only one earned run over 4.1 innings, Garland took the loss.
With the win, the Bees already matched last season's win total of 10. SAU
will look to surpass the mark Wednesday by hosting Ashford at 3 p.m. in SAU's
Midwest Collegiate Conference opener.
O'Donnell named MCC Player of the Week
Mar. 19, 2012
O'Donnell (right) was named the Midwest Collegiate Conference Softball Player of
the Week today after her performance on St. Ambrose's Spring Break trip to
O'Donnell, a freshman infielder from Evergreen Park, Ill., was named to the
2012 Boombah/Upperdeck Sports Smash Hit All-Tournament Team hit .579 over the
Queen Bees' final five games of the trip. She was 11-for-19 with two doubles,
and drove in six runs and scored five. She had at least one hit in all five
games and collected four multi-hit games, including a pair of three-hit efforts.
O'Donnell's best game of the week came Monday when she went 3-for-4 with five
RBIs and two runs scored in a 12-8 win over Avila. Later in the week, she went
3-for-4 with two runs scored in an 8-7 win over Avila.
Through SAU's 9-5 start this season, O'Donnell is batting .327 with three
doubles and two triples. She is tied for the team lead with 14 RBIs.
St. Ambrose next visits Culver-Stockton Tuesday for a doubleheader beginning
at 4 p.m. The Bees are slated to host Ashford Wednesday at 3 p.m. at Davenport
Assumption High School in the Midwest Collegiate Conference opener.
Three Queen Bees named to all-tournament team
Mar. 16, 2012
Frerichs, Erin O'Donnell and Kaitlyn Reiser were named to the 2012 Boombah/
Upperdeck Sports Smash Hit All-Tournament Team after helping St. Ambrose go 5-2
on its Spring Break trip to South Carolina.
Frerichs (left) batted .348 on the trip with two doubles, eight runs scored
and five runs scored. The junior outfielder from Fisher, Ill., picked up at
least one hit in all seven games on the rip. She was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and
two runs scored in an 8-7 win vs. Avila on Wednesday.
O'Donnell (above right) led the Bees with a .462 batting average, collected
12 hits in 26 at bats. She had a pair of doubles, drove in seven runs and scored
six times. The freshman infielder from Evergreen Park, Ill., had four multi-hit
games, including two three-hit games, in South Carolina. She was 3-for-4 with
five RBIs and two runs scored in a 12-8 win over Avila on Monday.
(right) hit .333 with three doubles among her eight hits. She led St. Ambrose
with nine RBIs on the trip and scored three runs. The freshman catcher/first
baseman from Springfield, Ill., had four two-hit games and drove in three runs
on three different occasions. She was 2-for-3 with three RBIs and a run scored
in a 6-3 win over Brewton-Parker on Tuesday.
After the 5-2 trip, the Bees are 9-5 overall and just a win shy of last
year's 10-win campaign.
St. Ambrose next visits Culver-Stockton Tuesday for a doubleheader beginning
at 4 p.m. The Bees are slated to host Ashford Wednesday at 3 p.m. at Davenport
Assumption High School in the Midwest Collegiate Conference opener.
SAU finishes 5-2 on Spring Break trip to South Carolina
Mar. 15, 2012
St. Ambrose moved to 9-5 overall after winning 5-of-7 games at the 2012 Boombah/Upperdeck
Sports Smash Hit Tournament in Hardeeville, S.C. The Queen Bees pounded out 61
hits and scored 42 runs over the seven games.
Ambrose 7, Avila 1 - Box score
It didn't take long for the St. Ambrose offense to start clicking. The Bees
scored three runs in the first inning and added two more in the second on their
way to a 7-1 win over Avila. And the offense came from the entire lineup. Eight
different Bees had a hit in the 10-hit attack, seven different players scored a
run, five different players had at least one RBI and all nine starters reached
base. Nichole Garland (right) and Britney Carlson each went 2-for-3 with two
RBIs to lead the attack. It was more than enough offensive support for Jenna
Harshbarger, who went six innings, allowing only five hits and an unearned run.
Rachel Robinson worked a perfect seventh inning.
St. Ambrose 6, Coastal Georgia 3 -
SAU scored five times in the bottom of the sixth inning to break open a 1-0 game
in an eventual 6-3 win over Coastal Georgia. After Kerrie Tenboer drove in the
first St. Ambrose run with an RBI single in the first inning, she started off
the big sixth inning with a leadoff hit. Sarah Frerichs followed with a hit and
Nichole Garland reached on a one-out error to load the bases. Britney Carlson's
single drove in one and Kristen Paulson brought in two more with another hit. A
Coastal Georgia error allowed two more runs to score in the frame. After
allowing only four hits through the first six innings, Garland gave up three
runs and four hits in the seventh before getting out of trouble to earn the win.
Ambrose 12, Avila 8 - Box score
St. Ambrose scored all 12 of its runs over the final three innings to come back
to defeat Avila 12-8. The Bees were down 7-0 early and trailed 8-2 after five
innings but plated six runs in the seventh to complete the comeback. Erin
O'Donnell (left) and Kaitlyn Reiser (right) had run-scoring singles in the fifth
to trim the deficit to 7-2. The rally continued in a four-run sixth inning.
O'Donnell had two RBIs and Niki Green and Reiser each had one in the inning. But
the Bees did most of their damage in the seventh. O'Donnell capped her 3-for-5,
five-RBI performance with a two-run double. Britney Carlson, Hailey Nichol,
Sarah Frerichs and Reiser also drove in runs in the seventh. Nichole Garland
retired the side in order to get the complete-game victory.
Brewton-Parker 2, St. Ambrose 1 (9 inn.) -
The Bee bats were silenced for the first time all trip as St. Ambrose managed to
scratch out only two hits - singles from Sarah Frerichs and Erin O'Donnell - in
a 2-1 loss to Brewton-Parker. SAU got its lone run without the benefit of a hit.
Hailey Nichol drew a walk to lead off the bottom of the first inning. She stole
second and came around to score on a pair of wild pitches. Jenna Harshbarger was
able to protect the 1-0 lead until the fifth when Brewton-Parker pushed across
the tying run. The Barons won the game with a one-out double in the top of the
ninth. Harshbarger worked all nine innings, giving up eight hits and the two
runs while striking out six.
Ambrose 6, Brewton-Parker 3 -
A day after a tough 2-1 extra-inning loss to Brewton-Parker, St. Ambrose
extracted some revenge by defeating the Barons 6-3. Erin O'Donnell and Kaitlyn
Reiser each had two hits but it was Britney Carlson who delivered the big blow.
Carlson (left) ripped a two-out, two-run home run in the second inning to give
SAU a lead it would never relinquish. The Bees extended their lead to 6-0 with a
four-run third inning behind a bases-clearing two-out double from Reiser. Her
double followed a run-scoring single from Sarah Frerichs (right). Jenna
Harshbarger got the win in relief of Nicole Walshon. Harshbarger surrendered
only one hit while striking out four over the final four innings.
Ambrose 8, Avila 7 - Box score
Britney Carlson's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seven inning capped a
four-run seventh inning as St. Ambrose rallied for an 8-7 win over Avila, the
Bees' third win of the trip over the Eagles. Trailing 7-4 heading to the
seventh, SAU took advantage of three hits and two walks to complete the
comeback. Hailey Nichol (right) and Niki Green drew back-to-back walks to get
things started. Erin O'Donnell followed with a base hit to load the bases. One
out later, Sara Frerichs singled to score Nichol and Kaitlyn Reiser brought in
two with her second hit of the game to tie the game at 7-7. Carlson then flied
out to right to bring in Frerichs with the game-winning run. Nichole Garland
threw the final five innings to get the win.
South Carolina-Beaufort 8, St. Ambrose 2 -
The Bees closed the trip with an 8-2 loss to tournament host South
Carolina-Beaufort. Erin O'Donnell had two hits and drove in a run and Kristen
Paulson also had an RBI single. Jenna Harshbarger took the loss.
St. Ambrose will next travel to Culver-Stockton for a doubleheader Tuesday
beginning at 4 p.m.
SAU takes two in doubleheader against Knox
Mar 3, 2012
By Kyle Kotecki
St. Ambrose 18, Knox 1 (5 inn.) -
St. Ambrose 9, Knox 0 (5 inn.) -
St. Ambrose's second weekend at the Dome was a huge success as the Queen Bees took both
games of a doubleheader against Knox College by scores of 18-1 and 9-0.
St. Ambrose got off to their best start of the year with a 14-run first
inning. Erin O' Donnell (left) had a triple and and a double in the first and drove in
four runs while Kerrie Tenboer (right) had two singles and drove in two.
Jenna Harshbarger pitched three innings of no-hit baseball to go along with
six strikeouts before being relieved Rachel Robinson, who also did well by only
giving up one run on three hits with two strikeouts. St. Ambrose would tack on
four more runs before ending the game in five innings.
The second game of the doubleheader went just as well for the Bees as they
climbed over the .500 mark to a 4-3 record with the 9-0 win.
Nichole Garland and Nicole Walshon combined for five innings giving up only
one hit, no runs and four strikeouts.
St. Ambrose would put up multiple runs in three innings. Leading
the offense was Kaitlyn Reiser who went 3-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs
scored. Sarah Frerichs went 2-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored. The Bees would
combined for nine runs on 10 total hits.
The Bees move on to play eight games in four days as they go on their
Spring Break trip to Hardeeville, S.C., from March 9-16.
Bees win pair at season-opening Dome Tournament
Feb. 26, 2012
Thanks to The Ambrose Dome, St. Ambrose was able to get the home portion of
its 2012 schedule underway a little earlier than in previous years. And the
Queen Bees took advantage by winning a pair of games at the SAU Softball in the
St. Ambrose 5, St. Mary-of-the-Woods 2 -
St. Ambrose took advantage of an error as part of a five-run second inning to
defeat St. Mary-of-the-Woods 5-2 in the Bees' season opener. Nichole Garland
the Bees on the board by ripping a triple to left center to plate Kaitlyn Reiser
to tie the game at 1-1. Hailey Nichol's fly ball down the line with the bases
loaded was dropped by the right fielder allowing all three runners to score.
Sarah Frerichs followed with a run-scoring hit to extend the lead to 5-1. That
was more than enough support for Garland, who allowed only three hits and two
runs in her complete game effort.
Elmhurst 3, St. Ambrose 0 -
St. Ambrose was unable to get on the board in its second home game in the
Dome. Although Jenna Harshbarger was able to go the full seven innings,
only giving three runs on five hits to go along with two strikeouts, she was the
hard-luck loser. Kaitlyn Reiser led the offense by going 2-for-3 while Hailey Nichol, Sarah Frerichs, and Kerrie Tenboer each added a hit of
St. Ambrose 15, Dominican 0 (5 inn.) -
St. Ambrose got back on the right track in their next matchup against
Dominican University as they would end up driving in 15 runs
in five innings. St. Ambrose put up four runs in the first inning, five in
the second, and then six in the third while holding Dominican scoreless. Nicole Garland went four innings, giving up no runs on two hits to go along with
four strikeouts. Rachel Robinson finished the job in the fifth inning by
not giving up a hit or a run with a strikeout. As for the SAU offense,
four St. Ambrose players had two or more RBIs including Sarah Frerichs (right) who went
2-for-2 with four RBIs and three runs scored. Leah Smith, Kerrie Tenboer,
and Kaitlyn Reiser all drove in two runs themselves to help propel St. Ambrose
to this mercy rule victory.
St. Mary-of-the-Woods 11, St. Ambrose 4 -
A rough first inning with three errors put St. Ambrose in a hole they
were not able to climb out of. St. Mary-of-the-Woods College added two
hits to go along those errors to gain the early first inning lead. St.
Ambrose would battle back to get within one run in the bottom of the sixth led
by Britney Carlson, who drove in three runs. Nicole Garland and Erin O'Donnell each drove
in a run, but SMWC would score six more runs in the top of the seventh to put
the game out of reach.
Ashford 7, St. Ambrose 4 -
St. Ambrose would finish off their Softball in the Snow Tournament with a big
matchup against Ashford. It was close until the end for St. Ambrose
as the game remained tied through the first four innings at 3-3. Kaitlyn
Reiser and Sarah Frerichs each had a hit and a run. Jenna Harshbarger (right) had
two hits and an RBI and Britney Carlson had an RBI, a hit, and a run scored.
Still, Ashford would drive in three runs in the top of the sixth to seal the
The Bees (2-3) will next host Knox in The Ambrose Dome Saturday, Mar. 3, with
the doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.
SAU signs another great softball prospect
Jan. 28, 2012
St. Ambrose head softball coach Ron Ferrill announced today the signing of
Katie Benson for the 2012-13 season.
Katie is the daughter of Erik and Joanne Benson of Naperville, Ill. Katie
attends Waubonsie Valley High School and plays ASA for the Naperville Diamonds.
While attending St. Ambrose Katie plans to study Nursing.
"Katie is a great addition to the St. Ambrose family," Ferrill said. "She is
a college-ready hitter right now. She has a fair amount of power but much more
importantly, she has the ability to read and adjust to pitches and take the ball
to all fields. Katie also has the ability to help the program in several ways
defensively. She is a first baseman by trade but has the ability to play some
third base and outfield as well. We are very happy to have Katie signed and a
part of the program."
Coach Ron Ferrill signs Koziol as his 2012-13
Jan. 28, 2012
St. Ambrose softball coach Ron Ferrill announced his first signing out of the
2012 recruiting class. On Dec. 17, 2011, pitcher/center fielder Alyssa Koziol
signed a National Letter of Intent to play at SAU beginning in fall 2012.
Alyssa is the daughter of Steve and Bobbi Koziol of Willow Springs, Ill.
Alyssa attends high school at Lyons Township High School and plays her travel
ASA softball for the DTA Elite based out of the Dupage Training Academy in
Alyssa plans on studying Forensic Psychology at St.
Coach Ferrill says, "We are very excited to be getting Alyssa. She is a very
versatile player being able to play outfield or first base when not pitching. I
also think Alyssa is going to be able to contribute in the batting order as
well. She has a strong fundamental swing and a little speed to go along with it.
Alyssa has the ability to control six pitches and has as much movement on her
pitches as any pitcher we saw all year. I am very excited to have Alyssa joining
our pitching staff here at SAU."
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