KISSIMMEE, Fla. - The Marian University softball team swept day three in Kissimmee, Fla., as the Knights took down Albion College, 1-0, in the first contest of the day before beating Geneva College, 11-1, in five innings. The team now boasts a 5-1 record on the season.
The Knights met Albion College from Michigan in the first of two games. It was an offensive struggle for both teams. Junior Chelsea Bell (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central)
managed a short single in the first, but the Knights could not bring her around.
The Knights managed just one hit until the seventh inning when senior Melissa Coutz (Indianapolis, Ind./Bishop Chatard)
reached second base, after a collision with the Albion first baseman. Senior Chelsea Young (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg)
stepped up to the plate and hit a pop up to second. The Albion second baseman was unable to get the out, which allowed Coutz to score for the only run of the contest.
Bell, Coutz, and Young went 1-for-3, with Young tallying the game's only RBI.
Junior Kristi Roth (Speedway, Ind./Speedway)
went the distance in the circle for the Knights after she allowed only one hit and walked two. She also struck out five in the contest.
Knights' fans saw a completely different game in the second contest of the day. MU hammered Geneva College, 11-1, in five innings.
The Knights wasted no time as Bell, junior Mallory Ortwein (Anderson, Ind./Anderson)
and freshman Helen Rogers (Avon, Ind./Avon)
loaded the bases in the bottom of the first. Coutz then stepped up and hit a two-run single to left. Young followed with an RBI-single to stake the Knights a 4-0 lead at the end of the first.
In the second, Bell and Coutz connected once again. Coutz brought Bell around to score with an RBI-sacrifice fly. The Knights had a 5-0 lead after two innings.
The Knights took a break until the fourth inning when the posted five, including three from junior Jessica Slayton (Indianapolis, Ind./Decatur Central)
, who hit a three-run double. Sophomores Jillian Ayres (Columbus, Ind./North)
and Emily Pusti (Fort Wayne, Ind./Snider)
would also tally an RBI in the inning.
Geneva was unable to cut the lead in the fifth and the Knights would go on to win by the 11-1 margin in five innings.
Slayton led the Knights after she went 2-for-4 with three RBI. Rogers went 2-for-3 and Coutz drove in three RBI.
Senior Sandy Corum (North Vernon, Ind./Jennings County)
got the win for the Knights after she went four innings, scattered three hits, and struck out seven. She is now 2-0 on the season. Freshman Amy Tamer (Indianapolis, Ind./Scecina)
threw a scoreless inning of relief.
The Knights have the day off on Thursday before returning to the diamond Friday to face Missouri Baptist College for the second time in Kissimmee and to take on the College of Staten Island. The first game is scheduled for 5 p.m.