Softball Splits Twinbill with Mt. St. Joseph

GAME 1 BOX SCORE; GAME 2 BOX SCORE

Martinek-acCINCINNATI, OHIO -- The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology softball team split Saturday's doubleheader at Mount St. Joesph to move to 3-5 in league play.

The Fightin' Engineers won the opener 5-2 before falling 9-7 in the nightcap.

Rose-Hulman was led by junior Brianne Widmoyer (Elkhart, Ind./Central) and freshman Jessica Ahlborn (Houghton, Ind.). Widmoyer had two hits, two runs batted in and scored a run in game one, while Alhborn added two hits and two runs. 

Widmoyer also threw the complete game, allowing just five hits to pick up her fifth win of the season. 

In game two, Widmoyer again led the team with three hits.  Sophomore Jenna Martinek (Troy, Mo./Troy Buchanon) also sprayed three hits with an RBI and run scored.  Sophomore Alyse Mueller (Belleville, Ill./West) scored two runs. 

The Engineers took an early lead in game one, scoring two runs in the first and second innings. In the first, Ahlborn and Widmoyer both scored off a throwing error by the hosts off a hit by freshman Samantha Springer (Irving, Texas/Parrish Episcopal).

Rose-Hulman added two more runs off three doubles in the second inning, started with a double by sophomore Kayla Irwin (Farmersburg, Ind./North Central).  Irwin then scored when freshman Carly Heibel (Fort Wayne, Ind./Lakewood Park) hit another double and Heibel scored off Widmoyer's double to give the Engineers a 4-0 lead. 

The team added a fifth run in the fifth when Ahlborn scored off a Widmoyer single.  Mount St. Joseph answered with a run in the fifth and seventh for the 5-2 final.   

Game two saw the Engineers score four runs in the sixth and two in the seventh inning, but proved not enough as the host Lions take a 2-1 lead into the fifth before adding five more runs to give take a 7-1 lead.  Heibel scored the Engineer run with a fourth inning home run to open the inning.

With bases loaded in the sixth, Rosemary Yost (North Canton, Ohio/Jackson) was hit by a pitch which scored Mueller.  Irwin then hit a two RBI single to score Martinek and sophomore Allison Bowman (Fort Wayne, Ind./Snider).  Ahlborn followed with a single to score Yost to cut the deficit to 7-5.   

The Lion pushed the lead to 9-5, answering with two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.  The Engineers rallied with two outs, scoring two runs in the seventh, but it wasn't enough as the hosts held on for the 9-7 final.

Rose-Hulman stands 9-19 overall and 3-5 in league play.  The Fightin' Engineers return to action with a home doubleheader against Taylor on Wednesday at 5 p.m.