CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- With the regular season winding down, the Mount Mercy softball team took a critical step toward home field advantage in the first round of the Midwest Collegiate Conference Tournament with a sweep of AIB on Tuesday at Tomahawk Park.
Sophomore left-hander Hannah Petersen only allowed three hits in the opener and senior righty Catie Flaucher threw a no-hitter in the nightcap as the Mustangs swept the Eagles by identical scores of 6-0. Petersen (8-10) struck out four and walked one in seven innings. Sophomore left fielder LJ Putzier went 2-for-3 with three runs batted in and senior center fielder Erica Soppe added three hits in game one.
Flaucher (11-7) was nearly untouchable in game two, facing just one more batter than the minimum while striking out 14 in seven innings. Sophomore first baseman Amanda Gaffey drove in a pair of runs, freshman shortstop Shannon Stone had a run-scoring single and Soppe added two more stolen bases to her school record total of 83. Earlier this spring, she surpassed the previous mark of 73 set by Sheena Canady in 2010.
Mount Mercy (20-17, 9-9 MCC) has six regular season games remaining, including four at home. The Mustangs host league-leading Grand View (25-20, 15-3 MCC) on Friday at 4:00 p.m. at Tomahawk Park. They go to Dubuque to take on Clarke (20-25, 8-14 MCC) on Saturday at 1:00 p.m., then are back at home to face Viterbo (Wis.) on Senior Day this Sunday at 1:00 p.m.