Schreiner University's softball team put up four runs in the bottom of the first inning, got a tremendous pitching effort and earned its first shutout win of the season, 4-0, over visiting Dallas University.
More importantly, the Mountaineers swept Dallas in a three-game series, Schreiner's second consecutive Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference series. With six games left, the victory boosted Schreiner to 9-6 in the conference.
On Sunday, Schreiner pitcher Marley Hilton was solid in a complete-game effort, striking out two batters but allowing just six hits. Dallas stranded 10 baserunners, and Schreiner's defense held throughout the game.
Schreiner's Marley Hilton pitched a complete-game shutout on Sunday afternoon to lead the Mountaineers to a 4-0 win over visiting Dallas.
In the bottom of the first, right fielder Danielle Pedraza put the Mountaineers up 2-0 on a two-run home run. The Mountaineers would score two more runs on a Dallas error.
The win marked a significant turnaround for the Mountaineers heading into the SCAC tournament April 29-May 1 at Dallas. Schreiner is in fourth place and has two series remaining against Centenary and Southwestern.
The Mountaineers have won six of their last seven games and seven of their last 10. Pitching has been huge, with Bri Wodtke leading the way by striking out 31 batters in her last four starts, including nine on Saturday against Dallas.
The offense has been on an uptick as well. The Mountaineers are hitting .267 in their last seven games — 20 points higher than their season average.