Section: Softball

Nicole Bishay ’22 returns to the circle to record one-hit shutout

Nicole Bishay ’22 returns to the circle to record one-hit shutout

Nicole Bishay ’22 helped the Ladies earn their 16th win of the season. | COURTESY OF KENYON ATHLETICS

Over the weekend, the Ladies softball team opened NCAC play against Denison University and also had their home opener against Capital University. The Big Red’s  potent offense proved too much to handle on Saturday. The Ladies split the two games on Sunday against Capital after they were dominated by each team’s aces.

On Saturday, the Ladies made the 35-minute trip south to Granville, Ohio to play Denison in a doubleheader. Despite jumping out to a 2-0 lead in game one, the Big Red were able to push four runs across the plate in the third inning, followed by three runs in the fourth and fifth innings to win 10-2 on the mercy rule. Game two looked more promising at first, as the Ladies were able to score 10 runs early on. However, they could not keep the Big Red off the bases, with Denison scoring 15 runs on 20 hits to win 15-10.

A day later, Kenyon softball headed back to Gambier to host Capital. The Ladies’ excellent offensive output continued, scoring nine runs in five innings, winning via the mercy rule against the Comets in game one. Nicole Bishay ’22 was back in the circle after not pitching on Saturday to dominate against Capital. The Comets could only muster a single off of her, as she pitched a one-hit shutout while striking out four batters and issuing zero walks. 

In game two, the Ladies’ bats were silenced by the Comets’ pitcher Brianna Shearer. Of the five hits she allowed, only one was an extra base hit. Shearer  also did not give up any walks and recorded four strikeouts. Capital earned the split in the doubleheader after a 4-0 win in game two.

The Ladies are now 16-8 overall, but 0-2 in conference play. Kenyon will look to improve their NCAC record on Thursday when they play a doubleheader against Oberlin College in Gambier.


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