Handley Pitches No Hitter as Zips Blank EMU, 9-0

Handley Pitches No Hitter as Zips Blank EMU, 9-0

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YPSILANTI, Mich.- Freshman southpaw Lexie Handley (Mogadore, Ohio) threw her first career no hitter as the Akron Zips softball team won its third Mid-American Conference game with a 9-0 shutout at Eastern Michigan on Sunday afternoon at Varsity Field.

The Zips improved to 14-18 overall and 3-3 in MAC play, while the Eagles fell to 13-17 and 2-4 in MAC play.

"I am so happy for our team and the great performances by Lexie and Kelly," said head coach Julie Jones. "We came out with energy and fire and put the ball in play hard all day, wasting no time to warm up the bats. Combine that with great pitching and defense, and you get a win. I am happy for our team."

Handley struck out five and walked two batters in the no hit shutout. The last Zip to throw a no hitter was Heather Bauer in 2009 against Pennsylvania. The win was the 11th of Handley's young career, and it marked her sixth shutout.

Akron jumped on the scoreboard with a two-RBI double to center field from sophomore designated player Kelly Hysong (Beach City, Ohio) in the top of the first inning.

In the top of the second inning, the Zips added four runs from an RBI single to the pitcher from senior catcher Alyssa Nicholas (Cortland, Ohio), and a three-run homer from senior OF Savannah Fruin (Delray Beach, Fla.), putting the Zips up 6-0. The home run was the 29th of Fruin's career. She is tied at third on Akron's all-time career list with Alyssa Birkhimer (2010-13) with 29 home runs.

In the top of the fifth inning, a solo home run from Hysong extended the Zips lead to 7-0. In the top of the seventh inning, Hysong put the Zips up 9-0 from her second home run of the game.

Hysong is the first player in school history to hit two home runs in back-to-back games.

In the game, the Eagles were limited to just two base runners from walks.

Akron returns home to Lee R. Jackson Field for MAC action this week. The Zips host Buffalo on Tuesday, April 4, in a doubleheader. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. ESPN 3 will broadcast the games online.