Mitchell Earns First Shutout in Softball's Split with Notre Dame de Namur University
Academy of Art University softball’s offense continued to roll through both sides of a doubleheader with Notre Dame de Namur on March 13, but pitching was the difference as the Urban Knights won game one 7–0 and dropped the backend 7–5. Brenna Mitchell (Interior Architecture & Design) added another first to continue her impressive freshman season, shutting out the Argonauts with a season-high eight strikeouts in the opener at Notre Dame High School. Senior outfielder Haily MacDonald (Graphic Design) remained on fire at the plate, delivering three hits in each contest for now 12 in her past four games and a .455 batting average.
A consistent spark at the top of the lineup, MacDonald opened the day with a single and two hits later, the bases were loaded for graduate student catcher Nirana Singh (Music Production & Sound Design) to wear one. The 1–0 lead maintained through the next two frames as Mitchell pitched through a single and an error in the first before retiring eight of the next nine. She would strike out the side in the second.
MacDonald bunted her way aboard to start another rally in the third, which turned the ART U lead into 2–0 on Singh’s run-scoring single. The advantage increased to 4–0 in the fourth when sophomore infielder Jessica West (Web Design + New Media) doubled home senior infielder Jasmine Dickenson (Photography) and MacDonald brought in West with an RBI double.
After Mitchell exited a two-on, two-out jam in the fifth, senior infielder Kamyle Glover (Fashion Merchandising) added to the lead with a two-run double in the sixth. Junior outfielder Andrea Gill (Photography) plated a seventh run in the seventh inning by way of a sacrifice fly.
Tough the whole way through, Mitchell finished off her first collegiate shutout by retiring the final seven batters she faced, ending her performance with four hits, one walk and eight strikeouts.
“Brenna has had a great season so far,” said head coach Sonja Garnett. “She had a great focused outing, with eight strike outs. It was impressive to see her bounce back with great maturity in such an important game.”