LOUISVILLE, KY. -- Spalding University narrowly
claimed a softball doubleheader sweep over Rose-Hulman Institute of
Technology with 3-1 and 4-3 victories on Sunday afternoon.
The nightcap ended up as an extra inning contest of nine
Freshman Lindsey Watterson (Lexington,
Ky./Southwestern) led the Engineer effort in game one as
she knocked her first career home run for the team's lone run of
Freshman Carly Heibel (Fort Wayne,
Ind./Lakewood Park) struck out four while giving up
just five hits. Heibel led the offense in game two with three
hits, including two doubles while Allison Bowman (Fort
Wayne, Ind./Snider) added two hits.
Rose-Hulman rebounded quickly as they opened up the first inning
of game two with two runs. Junior Brianne Widmoyer
(Elkhart, Ind./Central) scored off a double from Heibel,
who then scored when junior Alyse Mueller (Belleville,
Ind./West) followed with a double of her own for
a 2-0 lead.
Spalding manufactured two runs in the third inning to tie
the game 2-2.
Watterson added another Engineer run, scoring off a single by
Widmoyer in the fourth inning to take a 3-2 lead into the bottom of
the seventh inning.
A walk followed by a double scored a run for Spalding to
send the game into extra innings.
The hosts then took advantage of the international tie-breaker
rule to take the victory in the bottom of the ninth. With a
runner at second to begin the inning, a sacrifice fly advanced
her to third. A single with two outs then scored the
game-winning run for Spalding.
Spalding improved to 20-11 on the season, while Rose-Hulman
dropped to 10-22. The Fightin' Engineers hit the road for
Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference foe Franklin on
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