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Academy Wins a Pair in Lead-up to PacWest Play

Softball Team - center is Jasmine Dickenson, Samantha Klune, Hallie Curtis (by Rob Garcia)

Softball team. Photo by Rob Garcia.

With five games complete prior to a Southern California trip that will see the start to Pacific West Conference play, Academy of Art University softball split its first two home games of 2015 on Feb. 10, then came from behind to defeat San Francisco State in dramatic fashion on Feb. 11. Against Cal State Stanislaus, sophomore outfielder Jessica West (Web Design + New Media) delivered a pair of run-scoring hits while freshman pitcher Brenna Mitchell (Interior Architecture & Design) came in for her second relief win of the year with 2.2 scoreless innings in the circle.

A quiet third inning gave way to West’s second clutch hit in the Urban Knights’ bottom of the fourth as she slammed an RBI double into left to score sophomore outfielder Hallie Curtis (Photography). ART U’s 2–1 lead did not last, however, because wild pitches led to two more runs for the Warriors in the fifth. Back-to-back doubles by senior outfielder Haily MacDonald (Graphic Design) and senior infielder Kamyle Glover (Fashion Merchandising) soon tied the game 3–3 in the bottom of the fifth, then Dickenson continued the senior rally with an RBI single to put her team up 4–3. Mitchell dramatically finished off the 5–3 win by striking out the would-be go-ahead run at the plate. She finished the day with just a single earned run allowed in 9.0 combined innings pitched, giving her a 1.09 earned run average through her first 19.1 innings of her collegiate career.

The following day at SFSU softball field, junior infielder Elise Oldham (Multimedia Communications) blasted a solo shot out of the park in the fourth to tie it, then freshman outfielder Samantha Klune (Acting) powered a two-run bomb in the sixth all while sophomore pitcher Alexa Peters (Multimedia Communications) and the ART U defense worked through a complete game with just five hits allowed. Three batters into the sixth, the momentum shifted dramatically as the Urban Knights went from down 2–1 to up 3–2 on Klune’s second home run in the first five games of her collegiate career. For the now 3–2 Urban Knights, Peters threw an effective 74 pitches through 7.0 innings while allowing just two runs on five hits.

“For me, it was about just staying positive and upbeat,” said Peters. “That was a really fun game for me to pitch in today and for me to have fun and stay loose is when I do my best.”

Softball - Brenna Mitchell (photo by Rob Garcia)

Brenna Mitchell. Photo by Rob Garcia.