Tara Buchanan Top 5 in Career HRs; Becca Shemberger Throws One-Hitter
NEWARK, Del. - Becca Shemberger earned her third straight complete shutout victory in the circle with a 1-0 win over La Salle on Saturday afternoon to close out day one of the University of Delaware Spring Invitational.
For Shemberger, it was a one-hitter, the first of her career, but it was an Alicia Aughton two-out single to right field away from being her first career no-hitter. Aughton registered the hit in the top of the sixth with a runner on base. Shemberger struck out nine batters, while allowing a total of five base runners.
Offensively, Diana Patterson's second double of the season scored Gracie Barstad in the bottom of the second inning to give WMU the run it needed to earn a split on Saturday after falling to Villanova to open the tournament.
The Broncos opened the day with a 6-4 loss to Villanova despite opening the game with an early two runs and Tara Buchanan's 10th career home run.
WMU plated a pair of runs in the home half of the first due to a throwing error that allowed Meredith Whitney to score from second base, and then a ground out by brought Courtney Rousseau home after reaching on a fielding error on the same play Whitney scored.
Whitney allowed just three hits through the first 5.1 innings pitched, holding the Wildcats scoreless until a one-out double in the sixth plated Villanova's first run. By the end of the inning, Villanova would score six runs on seven hits, chasing Whitney from the game.
Buchanan belted her second home run of the season to straight away center field with Rousseau on base to bring the Broncos within two runs but that would be the closest WMU would get. The home run puts Buchanan in a three-way tie for fifth on the WMU career list with teammate Barstad and former Bronco catcher Becky Bartosz.
Western Michigan would put the go-ahead run on first base when Christina Pigozzi drew a two-out walk to load the bases but they would remain on the base paths as Whitney popped up to end the comeback bid.
Rousseau singled in the seventh to bring the tying run to the plate but neither Buchanan, nor Barstad were able to capitalize. WMU stranded seven runners on the base paths against the Wilcats.
Western Michigan closes out the University of Delaware Spring Invitational on Sunday against Norfolk State (9:30 a.m.) and tournament host Delaware (11:30 a.m.).