MUNSTER | Munster's Carly Murphy is a hard critic on herself when it comes to her pitching this season.
"I'd give myself a B so far. Maybe a B-plus if I'm being nice," she said. "But my spin isn't still where it should be yet, but it's getting better."
However she may grade herself, she gave an A-plus effort on Tuesday night in Times No. 6 Munster's 1-0 Northwest Crossroads Conference win over Lowell.
Murphy went the distance, as she fired a three-hitter while striking out six and gave up no walks.
"One thing I struggled with as a sophomore before my shoulder surgery was walking kids," she recalled. "If I can limit that, then I'll be able to stay in control of a game."
Munster (12-4, 7-2 NCC) had difficulty dealing with Lowell starter Brandi Faverty's drop ball all game long.
After beating Lowell 15-0 on Monday, the Mustangs' only threat up until the bottom of the sixth was in the fourth when Moore was hit by a pitch and Katie Gloff singled, but the inning was ended after a Gina Rice groundout, Munster's seventh of the game at that point.
"We knew this was gonna be a different game because Lowell is a proud team and (they were not) gonna come back and play poorly," Munster coach Beth Thornburg said. "Brandi throws a good drop and they made most of the plays. The one they didn't make cost them the game."
The play Thornburg was talking about was an error made in the bottom of the sixth off the bat of Taylor Michalski.
After she reached, cleanup hitter Madelynn Moore smacked a double, scoring Michalski all the way from first.
Lowell (7-8, 3-5) had its best shot in the first after putting two runners on with two outs, but the rally was dismantled after Murphy got Kristina Rosenbaum to ground out.
The other threat the Devils had was squandered in the sixth after they had two runners on again but couldn't convert it into anything.
Faverty took the tough loss, allowing just three hits and one unearned run over six.
"Both pitchers were outstanding. The difference was their D. It's the best defense we've played this season," Lowell coach Pete Iussig said. "Brandi battles every game, but she hasn't gotten much support. Monday was embarrassing for the program, but I'm very pleased with the way we came back."