May 25, 2013

Reinhardt wins in first round behind Monroe's pitching performance

Maddie Monroe’s first start in her last trip to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics national championship tournament was a good one.

Monroe — a senior who spent part of her high school career at Dalton before transferring to Calhoun — pitched a complete-game shutout to lead Reinhardt University in a 3-0 win against Chicago’s Saint Xavier University in the first round of the tournament Friday at the South Commons Softball Complex in Columbus.

A four-time Appalachian Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year, she allowed eight hits and two walks while striking out five in the 140-pitch performance to improve to 27-2 this season. Saint Xavier (49-8) was shut out for just the second time this year and the first time since April 28.

Reinhardt (44-7) scored all of its runs in the second inning. In the sixth, Monroe escaped a bases-loaded, two-out jam via a groundout.

The No. 8 seed in the 10-team, double-elimination bracket, Reinhardt will face top-seeded Concordia University Irvine (Calif.) 7 p.m. today and is four wins away from a title.

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