TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology earned two dramatic softball wins to sweep crosstown rival St. Mary-of-the-Woods for the first time since 2004 at the Engineer Softball Field on Sunday.
In game one, sophomore Jessica Ahlborn (Houghton, Mich.) blasted a walk-off solo home run in the seventh to lead the Fightin' Engineers past St. Mary-of-the-Woods 3-2.
In the nightcap, Rose-Hulman rallied from a 7-0 deficit to capture a 10-8 victory. The win marks the largest in-game comeback victory in the history of Rose-Hulman softball.
Ahlborn blasted a two-out, seventh-inning solo home to break a 2-2 tie and lift Rose-Hulman to a win in the opener. She also blasted a triple in the game and had three hits to lead the offense.
Junior Allison Bowman (Fort Wayne/Snider) added two hits and one RBI, and junior Jenna Martinek (Troy, Mo./Buchanan) had an RBI single to score freshman Jett Bender (Monticello, Minn.) and tie the game at 2-2.
Sophomore Carly Heibel (Fort Wayne/Lakewood Park Christian) picked up the pitching win with a complete-game effort in the circle. Heibel sccattered six hits with four stirkeouts to move to 2-3 on the season.
Kelsey Rosselli led the St. Mary-of-the-Woods offense with three hits, including two doubles, and one run scored. Carly Painter also blasted a solo home run for the Pomeroys. Danielle Owens tossed the complete game in the opener for St. Mary-of-the-Woods with six strikeouts.
The wild second game featured an early 7-0 lead for St. Mary-of-the-Woods. Shelby Barnett led the Pomeroy offense with a 4-4 performance, including a home run, four RBIs and two runs scored. Rosselli added two hits and scored three runs, with Melana Minning and Rebecca Latta slapping two singles each.
Rose-Hulman started its march back by taking advantage of a difficult fourth inning in the field for the Pomeroys. The Engineers scored eight times in the fourth inning with seven hits and five St. Mary-of-the-Woods errors.
The key hits in the inning were three hits of two RBIs each. Ahlborn doubled home two runs with runners on first and third, and Bowman slapped a two-run single to make the score 7-6. Freshman Stephanie Turner (Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington) closed the rally with a two-run single to give Rose-Hulman an 8-7 lead that would not be relinquished.
Offensively, Heibel finished 4-4 with four singles, two runs scored and two RBIs. Ahlborn capped a strong performance with three hits, including two doubles, two runs scored and two RBIs. Senior Brianne Widmoyer (Elkhart/Central) and Turner also had multiple hit games.
The effort helped freshman Taylor Lockhart (Robinson, Ill./Oblong) earn the win with a memorable relief appearance. Lockhart allowed one run in 5.1 innings of work, pitching around six hits and seven walks with six key strikeouts to move to 3-6 on the season.
Rose-Hulman improved to 7-17 overall, while St. Mary-of-the-Woods dropped to 12-9. The Engineers return home to face Franklin College on Tuesday at 5 p.m.
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