(ROSEMONT, Ill.) – A Kirsten Reed RBI single in the first inning was all pitcher Olivia Pifer needed in a 1-0 shutout of Illinois-Springfield Sunday morning. It gave Walsh its first recorded win to improve to 1-3 with results from the William Jewell game yet to be received.
Reed's single to center drove Nikki Newman for the game's only run in the opening frame to provide the difference. Newman initially reached base on a walk and advanced to second on a groundout.
From there, Pifer went to work and struck out over a third of the batters faced with 10 punch-outs. She allowed just four hits and one walk in the shutout. Of her 119 pitches, 83 of them went for strikes.
Newman went 1-for-2 on the day in addition to her walk while Abbie Yaugher and Danni Murtaugh also came through with hits with a triple and double, respectively.
Walsh returns to action next week when it flies to Florida for Spring Break. The first game on the docket is against the West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats on Saturday at 11:30 a.m.