DEFIANCE, OHIO -- The Rose-Hulman Institute of
Technology softball team claimed a 1-0 victory
over Defiance College in game one but lost game two 4-3 to
fall out of postseason consideration.
The Engineers needed to sweep the series after Manchester
defeated Hanover earlier in the day to qualify for the HCAC
Game two saw Rose-Hulman take a 3-2 lead into the bottom of the
seventh inning before a double by Jordan Sawmiller scored two runs
to give the Yellow Jackets the victory.
Freshman Carly Heibel (Fort Wayne, Ind./Lakewood
Park) led the team in game two with three hits and two
runs. Junior Alyse Mueller (Belleville,
Ind./West) added two hits, with one run and one run batted
in. Mueller also pitched in relief for 5.2 innings, striking
out five in the process.
The Engineers took an early 1-0 lead in the first
inning when Heibel scored off a Mueller single.
Heibel reached base with a double.
The hosts then answered in their first, scoring two runs, one
off a Sawmiller double, and Sawmiller scored off a single by Kailea
Heibel again double in the fifth inning, and scored on another
Mueller single. Mueller then advanced to third on a single by
junior Allison Bowman (Fort Wayne, Ind./Snider)
and a Yellow Jacket throwing error. Mueller then scored on a
single by sophomore Jenna Martinek (Troy, Mo./Troy
Buchanon) to take a 3-2 lead.
Sawmiller then take the game away from the Engineers with her
walk-off double to score the winning runs.
Heibel led the team in game one as she threw the complete game
shutout for her fifth victory of the seaon. Heibel also hit
for a double.
Freshman Jessica Ahlborn (Houghton, Mich.)
opened the sixth inning with a single and advanced to second when
Heibel walked. A wild pitch advanced the runners to scoring
After an out, Bowman hit for a single, scoring Ahlborn
to take the 1-0 lead which stood for the final score.
Rose-Hulman finishes the season 14-26 overall and 7-9 in
conference play, while Defiance ends with a 10-29 mark and 7-9
in league games.
Anderson will host the HCAC Tournament on May 4-5.
Bluffton, Transylvania and Manchester earned the remaining
three spots in the double elimination tournament.