MILWAUKEE – The MSOE softball team allowed just one unearned run and scored 21 times over two games to hand Mount Mary a doubleheader sweep Thursday afternoon at MSOE Athletic Field.
The Raiders (21-11) scored in every innings on their way to a 9-1 win over the Blue Angels (4-16) in six innings in game one and a 12-0 victory in five innings in game two.
Senior Sara McConnell (5-2) struck out nine in firing a three-hit shutout in game two. She scattered three hits and a walk while allowing just a couple base runners to reach as far as second base.
Juniors Rachel Ziemba and Julia Marsh led five players with two hits in the second game while also driving in a pair of runs each. Junior Emma Megal had two hits despite batting in just one inning. Junior Emily Snow and sophomore Amanda Manssen rounded out the multi-hit performers.
MSOE scored in each of the 10 innings in which it batted on the day, opening the scoring in game two with a run in the first inning. Ziemba led off the inning with a double and came around to score on sophomore Kim White's sacrifice fly. Ziemba then turned provider, hitting a two-run single in the second inning.
The Raiders put up two more runs in the third inning after each of the first three-hitter reached on a pair of singles and a walk. Sophomore Riley Rossbach plated the first run on a sacrifice fly while senior Caitlyn Moran and sophomore Kiki Davis executed a perfect first-and-third double steal with Moran swiping home to make it 5-0.
They batted around in a seven-run fourth inning to seal the result. After loading the bases, Megal scored the first run on a passed ball. A walk reloaded the bases and Davis forced in a run with another free pass. Marsh then singled in two runs and another run came in on a fielder's choice. Sophomore Gabi Roderman plated a run with a double and Megal scored Roderman with her second hit of the frame.
MSOE's big fourth inning was a breaking point for the offense, as the Raiders scored just one or two runs in each of the preceding innings. In the opener, they scored once in the first before two runs in both the second and third innings. Back-to-back single-run frames followed before a two-run sixth inning enacted the run rule.
Junior Liz Gale (5-0) came out dominant in game one, striking out seven hitters in her first time through the MMU order over three perfect innings. She finished her day with eight strikeouts over 5.2 innings. She allowed just four hits, a walk, and an unearned run. McConnell finished off the game, striking out the final hitter of the sixth inning.
Ziemba got the day off to an auspicious start with a lead-off triple. She quickly scored on Snow's sacrifice fly to deep left field. White then led off the second inning with a home run and Marsh tripled two batters later. She came in on a Rossbach single.
In the third inning, Ziemba walked and stole second. She came in two hitters later on a Megal double. An error on the next hitter allowed Megal to scamper home to make it 5-0.
Mount Mary, which did not have a hit through the first three innings, pulled a single run back in the fourth. An error gave the visitors their first base runner and their first hit came in the form of an RBI single.
After that, the Raiders went back to work. Freshman Alyssa Baffin hit a one-out single in the fourth and stole second. She came in on a single and error. Then, in the fifth inning, White singled and scored on a Marsh double to extend the lead to six runs.
MSOE then brought the game to its premature end in the same methodical approach in the sixth inning. Each of the first five hitters in the inning singled to tack on the two runs it needed for an eight-run lead. Ziemba and Manssen collected the RBI base hits.
Ziemba reached base four times in the game with three hits and scored three times. White also had three hits while Megal, Marsh, and Baffin each collected two hits in the opener.
The Raiders, who are in the midst of a stretch of 10 games in five days, returns to the field Friday at Rockford.