TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology opened
the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference softball season with a
7-4 and 6-5 doubleheader sweep over Manchester College on Wednesday
In the opener, freshman Carly Heibel (Fort
Wayne/Lakewood Park) and freshman Jessica Ahlborn
(Houghton, Mich.) paced the Engineers with three hits
each. Heibel smashed a double and a triple with one run and
two RBIs. Ahlborn had a single, double and two runs
Sophomore Jenna Martinek (Troy, Mo./Buchanan)
also contributed to the offensive effort with a two-run single.
The offense helped make a winner of junior Brianne
Widmoyer (Elkhart/Central), who improved to 4-4 with a
complete game effort. Widmoyer scattered 11 hits with one
walk and one strikeout to earn the win.
Manchester jumped out to a 2-0 lead, before Rose-Hulman scored
once in the third to move within 2-1 on a double by Ahlborn and a
triple by Heibel. The Fightin' Engineers added three runs in
the fifth and sixth innings to secure the win.
Ahlborn and Heibel started off the fifth with back-to-back hits,
before junior Alyse Mueller (Belleville,
Ill./West) had an RBI single. Following a fielding
error, freshman Rosemary Yost (North Canton,
Ohio/Jackson) brought home the third run with a bases
loaded hit by pitch.
In the sixth, a walk and two fielding errors set up a two-run
single by Martinek to start the rally. Yost again brought
home the final run of the frame on a bases loaded hit by pitch.
In the nightcap, the teams were tied at 1-1 after four innings
before the offenses took over. Rose-Hulman scored five runs
in the fifth, before Manchester answered with four in the
sixth. Widmoyer came back to the pitching circle to earn the
save on a two-out seventh inning lineout to Heibel with
runners on second and third.
Freshman Samantha Springer (Irving, Texas/Parish
Episcopal) led the Engineers with two singles and two RBIs
in the nightcap. Mueller pitched in with a single, a run and
an RBI, while picking up the pitching win in five strong innings of
The five-run fifth inning rally featured Rose-Hulman taking
advantage of two fielding errors by the Spartans. Widmoyer
contributed an RBI single, and Springer added a key two-run hit to
cap the frame.
Rose-Hulman improved to 6-12 on the season and 2-0 in league
play, while Manchester dropped to 9-11 and 0-2 in HCAC games.
The Engineers host Transylvania in another league matchup on
Saturday at 2 p.m.
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