Softball Sweeps Spalding, Improves to 9-7 in Conference
BY EMILY KESEL
After a pair of wins over Spalding University over the weekend, the Westminster College softball team now has a St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference record over .500. With only a week to go in regular season play, the Blue Jays sit fifth in the conference standings, just shy of a playoff berth.
Westminster posted a shutout in the first matchup with Spalding, defeating the Golden Eagles by a score of 5-0. The Blue Jays took a 1-0 lead in the second, then added three more runs in the fourth on a pair of RBI singles. Westminster then added a fifth run in the seventh inning for good measure before retiring the Golden Eagles once more.
The Jays out-hit Spalding 12-1 in the first game. Sophomore Alyson Hahn was dominant for her ninth win on the season, giving up one hit and no walks in seven innings of work. She also recorded five strikeouts. Four Blue Jays had at least two hits on the game, including freshman Kim Morrison, who recorded three hits and two runs. Sophomore Kelsi Hill contributed one hit, two RBI, and one run, while freshmen Amber Tepen and Abby Bartley each collected two hits and an RBI.
In game two, Spalding took an early lead on a two-run home run in the first, but the Blue Jays were unfazed. They chipped away with a run in the second, then scored two in the third and one each in the fourth and fifth innings. Spalding would come back with another run in the sixth, but the Jays would hold on to win by a score of 5-3.
Hahn was again the winning pitcher, going the distance for the Blue Jays for the second time on the day. She allowed five hits and three earned runs through seven, while striking out eight and allowing only one walk. The Blue Jays continued to thrive offensively with 13 hits, including three by Tepen. Hill and Morrison each recorded two hits, along with sophomores Allison Biggs, Anne Baker, and Alyssa Johnson. Baker also added two RBI and two runs scored.
The Blue Jays will finish the regular season at home on Wednesday with a double-header against conference foe Greenville College in hopes of making the postseason. Game one begins at 3:00 p.m.