TOPEKA, Kan. – After a 10-day layoff, the Washburn Lady Blues swept Southwest Baptist in a pair of MIAA games behind a no-hitter in the opener in an 8-0 win while holding off the Bearcats in the second game 3-2. Washburn improved to 17-12 on the season and 3-1 in the MIAA while
SBU slips to 5-18 overall and 0-2 in conference play. Washburn will be
back in action in another MIAA twin-bill as they take on Missouri
Southern at 3 p.m. on Thursday at the Washburn Softball Complex.
In the opener, junior Kelly Swygert tossed Washburn’s first perfect game
in the 8-0, 5-inning win. She teamed with Shannon Gosser last season for
a combined no hitter in a win over Benedictine. Swygert needed only
53 pitches and 48 minutes to shutdown the Bearcats. She struck out three
in the win. Dani White hit her seventh home run of the season in the
bottom of first, a three-run shot to left, to jump start the offense.
Tish Williams, the MIAA’s leading hitter, was 2 for 3 with a double and
two runs scored.
In the second game, Washburn scored single runs in the second, third and
fourth innings leading to the 3-2 win. SBU scored two in the fifth
inning, but they were unable to plate any more runs in the loss.
Washburn scored first on Mandy Tarbutton’s RBI single to center scoring
Jessie Batres in the second inning. In the third, Mandi Daigh drove in
Malarie Fellers from second. In the fourth, Brooke DeVader drove in
Ashley Webb in what would be the winning run.
Kayla Long picked up the win with six strike outs scattering four hits
allowing two earned runs. Webb, Tarbutton and DeVader each had two hits.
(Washburn Note: Kelly Swygert's combined game with Shannon Gosser was a no-hitter, not a
perfect game. But Swygert's performance against SBU was Washburn's first
perfect game of any kind in softball.)