For the second time this season, Gibson Southern softball senior Olivia Stunkel threw a no-hitter Monday, but this time went the full seven innings in a 3-1 Lady Titans victory over Pocket Athletic Conference rival Heritage Hills in Lincoln City.
Despite eventually throwing a no-hitter, Stunkel and the Lady Titans actually fell behind early as in the bottom of the first Lady Patriot leadoff hitter Jenna McDowell worked a walk, advanced to second on a sac-bunt from Emma Day, advanced to third on a wild pitch and then scored on a Sarah Day sac-fly giving Heritage Hills an early 1-0 lead.
The Lady Patriots would hold onto that lead until the top of the fifth when Gibson Southern finally broke through against starting pitcher Rylie Schipp.
Freshman Ryann Smith delivered an RBI single to tie the game and two batters later, senior and IU Southeast softball signee Emilee Edwards smacked her fourth home run of the season with a two-run shot over the centerfield fence to give the Lady Titans a 3-1 lead.
That would be all Stunkel needed to put Heritage Hills away as she tossed perfect innings in the bottom of the sixth and seventh to complete a seven-inning no-hitter that saw her strike out eight Lady Patriots, walk two and allow one earned run.
The Marian University softball signee threw her first no-hitter of a season that saw her miss the first several weeks due to injury back on April 10 in her senior season debut against Evansville North. The Lady Titans won that game 14-0 in five innings, which kicked off their current nine-game winning streak.
Gibson Southern improved to 14-4 overall and 7-1 in conference play with the win.
Their Tuesday game Wood Memorial was postponed due to rain; thus, their next game will be Thursday at home against Washington.