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St. Bede’s Lainie Schweickert (left) runs into third base for a triple as Marquette’s Amy Rogowski waits for the throw Wednesday during the Lady Bruins’ 10-0, five-inning victory in Peru. NewsTribune photo/Genna Ord
St. Bede senior Lainie Schweickert said her pitching arm was a little tired coming into Wednesday’s home matchup against Marquette after frequent appearances on the pitching rubber during the Lady Bruins’ recent trip to Tennessee.
It sure didn’t show.
Schweickert hurled a perfect game — striking out eight of the 15 batters she faced — and the Lady Bruins provided plenty of offense early with a seven-run first en route to a 10-0 win over the Lady Crusaders.
“We’re in every game she pitches, even if she doesn’t have her stuff,” said St. Bede coach Bill Prokup, whose squad pulled even at 3-3 on the season. “She was a little tired today. She pitched in three tough games down there, and it was cooler at night that first night (in Tennessee), so I think it took her a little while to warm up there.
“She’s a battler. She knows what she needs to do. She comes in and throws strikes. That was her job today and she did a pretty good job. No walks and a perfect game.”
The Lady Bruins standout hurler said adrenaline helped her overcome any tiredness.
The big start from the St. Bede bats didn’t hurt either.
“It’s always good to get our bats going (early). We all did really well hitting,” Schweickert said.
Schweickert helped her own cause at the plate in the first with an RBI triple as part of a seven-run Lady Bruins’ first inning.
Lexie Miranda added a two-RBI single and Barbi Prokup, Christine Daley, Olivia Mueller and Lydia Stariha all added RBI hits in the opening frame.
St. Bede would go on to add solo runs in the second, third and fifth to complete the 10-run rule win.
Schweickert (3-1) credited the St. Bede defense with keeping her perfect game intact on the seven balls Marquette put into play.
“Nicole (Yaklich) had some really good stops at first base to save me there,” Schweickert said.
Marquette coach Brad Oakes said Schweickert was an ace without equal so far this season.
“She’s probably the best pitcher we’ve seen this year,” Oakes said. “She’s a good pitcher and they hit the ball well, too. They’re a good team. They’re a notch up on us right now.”
Schweickert finished 2-3 at the plate with a run and RBI. No other Lady Bruin batter recorded multiple hits, but eight St. Bede players managed to register a hit in the contest.
Marquette starter Kelsey Kinney was charged the loss after giving up nine runs, five earned, on eight hits with two strikeouts and one walk. Erin Miskell appeared in relief, allowing one run off one hit.
Chris Yucus can be reached at 220-6995 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @NT_SportsChris.
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