Softball Pitches, Steals Way to Split at BenU

Softball Pitches, Steals Way to Split at BenU

LISLE, Illinois – Freshman Lorrin Pondo threw all 13 innings and allowed just four runs to lead the MSOE softball team to a doubleheader split against Benedictine Sunday afternoon at the Lisle Sports Complex.

The Raiders (17-11, 6-8 NACC) fell 3-2 in game one after a late rally but came back to take down the Eagles (20-11, 11-3 NACC) 6-1 in the nightcap.

Throwing in her second game of the day, Pondo (10-9) went 7.0 innings with four strikeouts to avenge the opening loss. She worked around five hits and three walks to stifle the BenU bats.

Junior Emma Megal and sophomores Kim White and Kiki Davis paced the offense with two hits each, as Megal scored twice. Senior Caitlyn Moran and sophomore Amanda Manssen each drove in a pair of runs.

MSOE jumped ahead 2-0 in each game, scoring twice in the third inning of game two. After a lead-off error, Megal walked and both runs came in to score on a Manssen double.

The Eagles pulled a run back in the bottom half of the inning but the Raiders tacked on a pair of insurance runs in both the fifth and seventh innings to put the game away.

In the fifth inning, Megal led off the inning with a single and White followed with a double. Two batters later, Davis drove in a run with a single. Another run then came in on a double-steal to make it 4-1. Megal sparked another rally in the seventh inning with another leadoff base hit. White followed suit with a single of her own. They then executed a double steal and each came around to score on a Moran single to centerfield.

Outside of the single run allowed in the third inning, Pondo was rarely threatened in the game. In the other six innings, she allowed just one runner to second base and multiple baserunners just once.

The Red & White offense got off to a strong start in game one, as well, as junior Emily Snow got the team on the board with a home run in the first inning. The Raiders added to their advantage in the second inning after sophomore Gabi Roderman hit a one-out single and stole second. After a base hit moved Roderman over to third, Snow drove in another run with a single to left field.

Pondo cruised through the first five innings, allowing just one runner into scoring position before Benedictine got on the board with a three-run sixth inning. A single and a double to open the inning brought in the first run to make it 2-1. Back-to-back foul outs gave MSOE a chance to escape with no more damage but Emily Chitwood hit a go-ahead home run.

A lead-off error in the top of the seventh inning gave the Raiders one last hope but they were unable to advance the runner.

Pondo threw 6.0 innings with three strikeouts. She scattered eight hits and a walk in the game.

Snow and junior Rachel Ziemba had three hits each as the Red & White held an 11-8 hit advantage. Roderman also collected a pair of hits.

The Raiders stole 14 bases on the day, six in the opener and eight more in game two.

MSOE returns to the field with a busy week ahead. The team plays 10 games in five days beginning Wednesday with two games against Alverno.