Westminster Softball Picks Up First Win in Double-Header Split

Sophomore Brittany Hodge prepares to lead off from third after a triple against Stephens College.

Sophomore Brittany Hodge prepares to lead off from third after a triple against Stephens College.

BY EMILY KESEL
SPORTS EDITOR

The Blue Jay softball team picked up its first win of the season last week in a split of the double-header against Stephens College.  The 3-0 win in game one and 11-4 loss in game two give Westminster College a record of 1-6 so far in the season.


The Jays managed to get on the board first in the second inning of game one on an RBI double by sophomore Anne Baker.  She would later score on a two-out single by sophomore Brittany Hodge.  In the fifth inning, Hodge led off for the Jays by cracking a triple and then scored on a single by sophomore Kelsi Hill.  Sophomore pitcher Alyson Hahn and the Westminster defense did the rest, not allowing a Stephens player to cross the plate.

Hahn threw all seven innings and finished with eight strikeouts.  Hill and Hodge, along with sophomore Alyssa Johnson, led the Blue Jay offense, each going 2-for-3 from the plate.

The Blue Jays took an early lead in game two, scoring two runs in the bottom of the first, but a four-run rally by Stephens in the following frame killed the momentum.  Westminster would score two more runs in the third, but Stephens ran away with the last three innings, scoring two in the fifth, one in the sixth, and another four in the seventh.

The Westminster offense managed six hits in the game, each by a different player.  Sophomore Allison Biggs recorded one hit, one run, and one RBI on the game, while Johnson and Baker each added a hit and a run, and freshman Kim Morrison tallied a hit and an RBI.  Sophomore Bree Peterson was on base twice via walks and scored a run.  In the circle, freshman Abby Bartley was credited with the loss.  She pitched four full innings, allowing six earned runs and striking out five.

The team will begin conference play this week at Principia College, and will play three double-headers at home over Spring Break, including a conference series with Eureka College on Saturday, March 28.

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