Softball Splits Doubleheader with Taylor


heibel-taylorTERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology earned a softball doubleheader split against NAIA foe Taylor University on Wednesday night.

Taylor won the opener by a 10-0 count, before Rose-Hulman bounced back to win the nightcap by a 5-4 score.

In the opener, Taylor scored three times in the first inning and five times in the third to earn the 10-0 win.

Freshman Jessica Ahlborn (Houghton, Mich.) and sophomore Allison Bowman (Fort Wayne/Snider) had hits for the Engineers.

Freshman Carly Heibel (Fort Wayne/Lakewood Park) led the pitching effort with four innings of work and no earned runs allowed.

Heibel led the Rose-Hulman attack with a strong game two performance.  She finished 3-4 at the plate with three runs scored, three RBIs and a two-run home run.  She also picked up the complete game victory in the pitching circle by scattering six hits and striking out two.

Rose-Hulman relied on Heibel's two-run home run to capture a 4-2 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning.  Taylor rallied with two runs of their own to force a 4-4 tie in the bottom of the sixth.

Rose-Hulman regained the lead at 5-4 with one run in the sixth.  Ahlborn walked with two outs, then scored on Heibel's RBI double.  The Engineers shut down the Trojans in the seventh to secure the win.

Bowman and junior Brianne Widmoyer (Elkhart/Central) provided offensive support with two hits each in the nightcap.

Rose-Hulman stands 10-20 on the season, while Taylor has a mark of 20-18. The Fightin' Engineers return home on Saturday for a 1 p.m. doubleheader against Hanover.