Softball: Munster’s Carly Murphy dazzles, blanks Chesterton
By JOhn O’Malley Post-Tribune correspondent May 17, 2013 8:26PM
Updated: June 19, 2013 6:15AM
MUNSTER — If her performance in Friday’s game against Chesterton is any indication, Munster pitcher Carly Murphy is ready for the postseason.
The senior scattered five singles, fanned five and was in complete control as the Mustangs (21-7) beat the Trojans 3-0 on Friday.
“That was the best she’s pitched all year,’’ Munster coach Beth Thornburg said. “Her pitch location was very good today, especially in terms of being ahead in the count. She only got behind two batters the whole day. I’d say today was probably the best control she’s had all year.’’
Considering the lineup Chesterton (22-6) throws at opponents, Murphy’s outing was impressive.
“I guess I just knew coming in how good of a team they really are,’’ Murphy said. “Any of their hitters — one through nine — can hurt you. I came in knowing I had to have good spin on my ball and hit my spots. My goal was no walks (she issued none). I wanted to make sure I kept the bases free.’’
The Trojans didn’t get their first hit off Murphy (17-5) until the fourth inning when Megan Matheny singled with two out.
“We’ve had a hitting slump for 11/2 weeks now that we can’t get out of,’’ Chesterton coach LouAnn Hopson said. “We came out of it slightly against Highland, I guess, but we’re just going to have to keep working on trying to get out of it.’’
The Trojans need to clean up their fielding, too, after making four errors against the Mustangs.
“We had quite a hard time taking care of the ball defensively,’’ Hopson sighed.
Sydney Cooley (7-2) went the distance for Chesterton, allowing nine hits, including a solo homer by freshman Madelynn Moore in the bottom of the fifth inning.
“There were two strikes and she went down and got that one,’’ Thornburg said.
“She really put the barrel to the ball. I mean, she hit the crap out of that thing.’’
Briana Zunica opened the Mustangs’ fourth with a single and later scored the first run on a single by Taylor Michalski.
Paige Kwasigroch, who reached on an error, scored following a single by Taylor Kotzo and a throwing error.
Kotzo went 3-for-4, including a double, to lead the Mustangs and help seniors Murphy, Zunica and Emma Hodges earn a tough win on senior day.
“It’s kind of sad being my last game here, but at least I went out on a strong note,’’ Murphy said. “If you have to go, that’s definitely the kind of game you want to leave on.
“I think it’s definitely a big confidence-booster for us. I think this let’s us know that if we play the way we’re capable, we can play with anybody.’’