Softball Team Splits Season-Ending Twinbill at Defiance



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 Tournament. 

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 Holbrook.

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 position. 

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.