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Sun Mar 12
Final - 7 innings
5 Denison
3 at Chapman
in Orange, Calif.
Sun Mar 12
Final - 7 innings
1 Denison
7 at Chapman
in Orange, Calif.
Mon Mar 13
Final
9 Denison
4 at Pomona-Pitzer
in Claremont, Calif.
Mon Mar 13
Final
8 Denison
6 at Pomona-Pitzer
in Claremont, Calif.
Tue Mar 14
Final - 8 innings
11 Denison
9 at Whittier
in Whittier, Calif.
Tue Mar 14
Final
11 Denison
8 at Whittier
in Whittier, Calif.
Wed Mar 15
Final
8 Denison
1 at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
in Claremont, Calif.
Wed Mar 15
Final
5 Denison
2 at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
in Claremont, Calif.
Fri Mar 17
Final
0 Denison
1 at Cal Lutheran
in Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Fri Mar 17
Final
4 Denison
7 at Cal Lutheran
in Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Tue Mar 21
Final
14 Muskingum
5 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Tue Mar 21
Final
7 Muskingum
3 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Thu Mar 23
Final - 5 innings
13 Denison
1 at Mount St. Joseph
in Cincinnati, Ohio
Thu Mar 23
Final
7 Denison
2 at Mount St. Joseph
in Cincinnati, Ohio
Sat Mar 25
Final
2 Defiance
4 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Sat Mar 25
Final
4 Defiance
9 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Wed Mar 29
Final - 5 innings
9 Denison
0 at Otterbein
in Westerville, Ohio
Wed Mar 29
Final
2 Denison
6 at Otterbein
in Westerville, Ohio
Sat Apr 01
Final
0 Ohio Wesleyan
7 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Sat Apr 01
Final
11 Ohio Wesleyan
8 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Wed Apr 05
Final
9 Denison
1 at Kenyon
in Gambier, Ohio
Wed Apr 05
Final
3 Denison
2 at Kenyon
in Gambier, Ohio
Sat Apr 08
Final - 5 innings
0 Oberlin
8 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Sat Apr 08
Final
1 Oberlin
6 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Sun Apr 09
Final
4 Marietta
5 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Sun Apr 09
Final
0 Marietta
3 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Tue Apr 11
Final
0 Denison
3 at Wittenberg
in Springfield, Ohio
Tue Apr 11
Final
3 Denison
5 at Wittenberg
in Springfield, Ohio
Fri Apr 14
Final
0 Wooster
1 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Fri Apr 14
Final
1 Wooster
8 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Mon Apr 17
Final
7 Denison
4 at Capital
in Bexley, Ohio
Mon Apr 17
Final
9 Denison
2 at Capital
in Bexley, Ohio
Thu Apr 20
Final - 5 innings
0 Denison
8 at Thomas More
in Crestview Hills, Ky.
Thu Apr 20
Final
9 Denison
10 at Thomas More
in Crestview Hills, Ky.
Sun Apr 23
Final
1 Hiram
6 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Sun Apr 23
Final - 6 innings
4 Hiram
14 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Tue Apr 25
Final
3 Denison
4 at DePauw
in Greencastle, Ind.
Tue Apr 25
Final
0 Denison
2 at DePauw
in Greencastle, Ind.
Fri Apr 28
Final - 8 innings
5 Allegheny
3 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Fri Apr 28
Final - 6 innings
0 Allegheny
8 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Sat May 06
Final
3 Denison
4 vs. DePauw
@ Wittenberg in Springfield, Ohio - NCAC Tournament
Sat May 06
Final
0 Wittenberg
2 Denison
in Springfield, Ohio - NCAC Tournament
Sun May 07
Final - 5 innings
11 Denison
1 vs. Wooster
@ Wittenberg in Springfield, Ohio - NCAC Tournament
Sun May 07
Final
4 Denison
3 vs. DePauw
@ Springfield, Ohio NCAC Championship
Sun May 07
Final
0 Denison
6 vs. DePauw
@ Springfield, Ohio NCAC Championship
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DU edges Augsburg, falls to #4 Central

Heather Larsen went 2-for-3 and drove in the game-winning run vs. Augsburg.
Heather Larsen went 2-for-3 and drove in the game-winning run vs. Augsburg.

The Denison softball team kicked off the 2014 season with a thrilling 5-4 victory over Augsburg at the Tucson Invitational Games in Tucson, Ariz. In the second game on Sunday, the Big Red suffered a 12-0 setback to fourth-ranked Central.

In the opener against Augsburg, Denison freshman pitcher Erin Laswell made her collegiate debut.  Laswell retired the side in order in the top of the first and threw up another zero in the second.  The Auggies generated two unearned runs in the top of the third inning behind two hits and two Big Red miscues.

After clinging to a two-run advantage for two innings, the Big Red offense hung its first runs of the season on the board in the bottom of the fifth.  Laswell got things going with a one-out base hit up the middle.  Junior Julie Rooney kept the inning alive when she roped a single through the right side.  With runners at first and second, freshman Kerry Hager belted a double to left field that easily scored Laswell and Rooney, tying the game at 2-2.  In their next at-bat, DU took its first lead of the game behind another two-out hit.  Seniors Heather Larsen and Gretchen Staubach reached via two-out single and walk, respectively.  Looking to help her own cause, Laswell blasted a double to the gap in left center that plated both seniors.

Now heading into the seventh with a two-run lead, the Big Red needed just three outs to cap off their season-opening win.  After giving up a single down the right line, Laswell got Sarah Buckner to ground into a force out and struck out Olivia Boerschinger.  Things got interesting when a misplayed ball put the game-tying run at second base with two outs.  Pinch hitter Amanda Niznik made the Denison defense pay with a two-out, two-run double to center that tied the game. After giving up the two-run single, the freshman hurler induced a ground out to second that minimized the damage.

Entering the bottom of the seventh, the Big Red was looking for just one run to avoid extra innings.  After the first two batters of the inning popped out to the shortstop, extra frames looked inevitable when a ground ball was hit to the Auggies' shortstop.  However, an errant throw allowed freshman Anna Balch to reach safely.  After a base-on-balls to Meghan Edwards moved the game-winning run into scoring position, DU head coach Tiffany Ozbun brought in another rookie, Lindsey Kenyon, in to pinch run.  After a wild pitch moved both runners 60 feet, Boerschinger loaded the bases after issuing Rachel Laughlin a free pass. With the bases full, Augsburg brought in reliever Amanda Eaton to record the final out. However, Eaton gave up the game-winning run after striking Larsen with a pitch.

Larsen finished the game with two hits, an RBI and a run scored, while Hager both drove in a pair.  Laswell also went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored.  In addition to her outstanding day at the plate, Laswell also picked up her first-career win inside the circle.  Over the course of seven innings, she scattered seven hits, allowed four unearned runs and struck out six batters.

In the nightcap against Central, the fourth-ranked Dutch scored 12 runs, highlighted by a seven-run fourth inning.  Central All-American pitcher Mallory Schulenberg tossed a complete-game one-hitter en route to her second win of the year.  In five innings, she struck out six and walked three. Jordan Overland and Whitney Sowers each recorded three hits and two runs, while Karlee Rock went 2-for-2 with a game-high three RBIs.

Rooney broke up the no hit bid in the third inning with a bunt down the left line.  Senior Rebecca Dyer suffered the loss after surrendering five runs on eight hits in three innings of work.  Classmate Kelsey Hager pitched the final two frames, allowing five earned runs on five hits with two strikeouts.

Denison (1-1) continues play in Tucson on Monday when they take on Wisconsin-Eau Claire and Marian (Wis.) at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. EDT, respectively.