Softball Opens With Chilly Weekend in Arkansas
BY EMILY KESEL
The Westminster College softball team began its season over the weekend with a road trip to Conway, Ark., where snow and freezing conditions were an obstacle for both teams. The Blue Jays dropped both games of a double-header against Hendrix College on Friday, then lost to #24 Washington University on Saturday.
The Blue Jays jumped out on top in the season opener against Hendrix with a run by sophomore Kelsi Hill on an error by the host team in the top of the first. The lead did not last long, though, as Hendrix came back with a run of its own in the bottom half of the inning. Westminster tacked on its second run in the following frame on an RBI single by freshman Amber Tepen. The Blue Jays couldn’t maintain the lead, allowing two runs in the fourth and another in the fifth. Unable to push another couple of runs across, the Jays fell in the opener by a score of 4-2.
Sophomore Alyson Hahn was credited with the loss, throwing six innings for the Blue Jays. She struck out three of the 27 batters she faced. From the plate, Tepen’s RBI and 2-for-4 performance led the offense.
The second half of the double-header was rough from the start for the Jays. Hendrix put up eight runs in the first inning and one each in the next three frames. Westminster could only come up with one run of its own, and the game ended in five by a score of 11-1. Tepen scored the lone run for the Jays, on an RBI single by sophomore Allison Biggs.
The Blue Jay offense struggled again on Saturday against Washington University, as the Bears pitched a shutout, 7-0. Westminster only managed four hits on the day – two by Tepen, and one each from sophomores Alyssa Johnson and Anne Baker. Hahn started the game, throwing five and two-thirds innings with four strikeouts.
The Jays will look for their first win on Friday, March 6 with home games against Stephens College at 5:00 and 7:00 p.m.