Story Courtesy of Miami Media Relations
AKRON, Ohio - One of Jessica Simpson's best pitching performances led Miami to a 2-0 victory over Northern Illinois late Thursday night at the Mid-American Conference Tournament. The game had been delayed for over three hours due to rain. The RedHawks keep their season alive as they improve to 31-21 overall. The Huskies are eliminated from the MAC Tournament and finish their season at 26-27.
Miami will next face Ball State in another elimination game on Friday at 1:30 p.m. It could be the first of two games tomorrow for the RedHawks, as the winner of that game will face the winner of Kent State vs. Central Michigan at 7:30 p.m. in yet another elimination game. Miami however needs to continue to win keep its season alive.
Simpson recorded 14 strikeouts, one off her career high in recording the victory. She allowed only three hits, with no runner reaching second base. It was her second dominating performance against NIU in six days, as she had earned her first career no-hitter against the Huskies last Friday. This was Simpson's 26th victory of the rest season, which is a new single-season record for Miami.
Miami recorded its runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. With one out and Jenna McGivney on first base, Kristy Arbour put down a perfect bunt for a base hit. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch. After a strikeout gave Miami two outs in the inning, Kirstie Fehrenbach put down an hit that was perfectly placed on the right side of the infield. The NIU second baseman rushed the throw and threw the ball away, which allowed both runs to score.
Fehrenbach finished the game 2-for-2 with one RBI. Arbour was 1-for-2 with one run scored.