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 innings.
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 the game.
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 Tuesday.