Offensive attack muzzled by Mustangs

By Jacob Knabel on Apr. 10, 2018 in Softball

SIOUX CITY, Iowa – Hallie Misiaszek and 25th-ranked Morningside effectively put a stop to a four-game Concordia University softball win streak in Sioux City, Iowa, on Tuesday afternoon (April 10). Misiaszek covered all 13 innings in the circle for the Mustangs while firing a no-hitter in game one of the doubleheader. Morningside won by scores of 8-0 and 5-1.

Fifth-year head coach Todd LaVelle’s squad has dipped below .500 in conference play and stands at 15-14 overall and at 4-5 in conference play.

“Obviously we’re disappointed we didn’t think we played up to our potential,” LaVelle said. “On the flip side, we tip our hat to Morningside and their pitcher. She just owned us. We’re not going to quit. We’re going to work that much harder to come back. It was a good measuring stick for us. We have a ways to go to get to where we want to be.”

A hefty workload is nothing new for Misiaszek, a transfer from Dakota Wesleyan. The junior entered Tuesday having logged 71.2 innings this season. The Bulldogs finally dented the scoreboard in the sixth inning of game two when Dalaney Nance doubled home Mackinsey Schmidt. At that point, Concordia trailed by a 3-1 score. Nance, Schmidt and Hhana Haro notched one hit apiece in the second game.

Meanwhile, Morningside (17-8, 5-1 GPAC) pounded out 20 hits while facing three different Bulldog pitchers. The biggest thorn in Concordia’s side was freshman second baseman Lexie Stolen, who went 4-for-7 with a home run and four RBIs in the doubleheader. Mackenzie Lose also homered for the Mustangs.

Bulldog pitchers had allowed a combined five runs over the previous four GPAC contests. Baily Clear got the start in game one. She covered 5.2 innings, surrendering eight runs (five earned) on 11 hits and one walk. Brittany Woolridge, Grace Bernhardt and Clear all appeared in the circle in the capper.

Action will continue this week with the Bulldogs heading to Doane (21-12, 5-3 GPAC) on Thursday to finish a suspended game that began back on March 22. Concordia owns an 11-6 lead in the middle of the fifth. The Bulldogs are also scheduled to host Dakota Wesleyan (5-17, 1-3 GPAC) for a doubleheader at 1 p.m. on Saturday.