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Brenna Mitchell's Career Day Guides Softball to Sweep

Softball - Brenna Mitchell (photo by Sammy Henderson)

Brenna Mitchell. Photo by Sammy Henderson.

Freshman Brenna Mitchell (Interior Architecture & Design) was absolutely on fire April 11, as Academy of Art University completed a season sweep of Holy Names with a pair of victories, 2–0, 7–3. Mitchell delivered a two-hit shutout while striking out the second-most batters in program history (14) in game one, then, back-to-back rallies early in game two were cushioned by a three-run surge via some small ball in the sixth inning and the win was finished off after Mitchell’s first career save.

“It feels good to get the wins!” said head coach Sonja Garnett. “We had a good team performance, which will certainly give us confidence going into this week.”

 

GAME ONE

Holy Names opened the game with a double, however, that would be their only runner who reached second base on the day. Mitchell struck out the final two batters of the inning and the Urban Knights promptly scored in the bottom half. After senior outfielder Haily MacDonald (Graphic Design) walked, stole second, and eventually reached third, junior catcher Elise Oldham (Multimedia Communications) brought her in on a sacrifice fly.

Mitchell was virtually untouchable thereafter, striking out two batters in each of the first four innings as well as the entire side in the fourth. To her credit, HNU’s Vanessa Pulido to just two hits through the first five innings and the ART U lead did not grow until the sixth when sophomore outfielder Jessica West (Web Design + New Media) hit a one-out double, reached third on a wild pitch, then scored on an error.

The fifth inning was the only frame that did not see two Hawks hitters strike out as Mitchell finished with 14 punch-outs in a complete 7.0 innings. She moves into second all-time in program history behind Sierrah Garcia’s 16 strikeouts, which came against BYU-Hawaii on March 25, 2010. It is Mitchell’s third career shutout and ups her record to 16–11 on the year.

“Brenna threw amazing games!” said Garnett. “She had great command of her pitching, and maintained steady each inning. It was fun to watch!”

GAME TWO

An early advantage came for the Knights with senior infielder Jasmine Dickenson (Photography) coming through by way of a two-run single in the second inning. Although the Hawks scored their first run of the day in the third, the Academy doubled its run total on a pair of fielding errors.

In the sixth of a 4–3 game, a leadoff single by graduate student catcher Nirana Singh (Music Production & Sound Design) was backed up by sophomore outfielder and Photography major Hallie Curtis’ RBI single and later senior infielder Kamyle Glover (Fashion Merchandising) delivered an RBI single of her own. Finally, Glover and MacDonald teamed up for a double steal and the ART U lead increased to 7–3. Mitchell notched her 16th strikeout of the day in a quiet seventh and picked up her first save of her career. Mitchell threw a total of 9.1 shutout innings on the day, allowing just two hits and one walk in total.