GOSHEN, Ind. - The Marian University softball team extended its winning streak to six straight games after the Knights, who are receiving votes in the latest NAIA Softball Coaches' Poll, swept Goshen College in Goshen, Ind., on Tuesday afternoon. The Knights earned a 6-4 win in game one before a 10-5 win in the nightcap.
MU improved to 22-5 on the season and 5-1 in the Mid-Central College Conference, while the Maple Leafs dropped to 9-21 overall and 0-8 in the MCC.
After falling behind 3-0 after the first inning, the Knights' bats finally came to life in the top of the third inning. The Knights scored five runs in the inning to take a 5-3 lead. Junior Helen Rogers
hit her fifth home run of the season, a two-run shot, while senior Lizzee Campbell
got an RBI on a fielder's choice to cap the inning.
Junior righthander Emily Gwaltney
gave up one more run in the bottom of the third before settling down the rest of the way. She allowed one hit over the final four innings and the offense added one more on a sacrifice fly by sophomore Allie Foley
to give Gwaltney the 6-4 win. She improved to 10-2 on the year after she logged her eighth complete game. She allowed four runs on five hits and struck out five for her fifth straight win.
Campbell led the way on offense after she went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored. Rogers finished 1-for-4 with her fifth homer of the year and had two RBIs as well as two runs scored. Gwaltney, sophomore Michelle Marcum
and senior Brittany Camp
each had a hit for the Knights.
The nightcap saw the Maple Leafs jump in front after the first two innings, but not after MU struck first in the top of the first inning. Marcum had an RBI-single in the top of the first before an unearned run tied the game in the bottom half. A Goshen two-run single gave the Leafs a 3-1 lead, but the Knights closed the lead to one on Marcum's RBI-fielder's choice in the top of the third.
The Knights took a 4-3 lead on an RBI-double by Camp and an RBI off the bat of Marcum, but Goshen immediately tied it in the bottom half on an RBI-single.
Freshman Becca Twining
gave the Knights the lead for good in the top of the fifth when she hit her fourth home run of the season, a two-run shot, to center field to give MU a 6-4 lead. They finished off the sweep with a four-run seventh after Gwaltney hit a three-run double and senior Kelsey Uebelhor
hit an RBI-single to give junior Amy Tamer
a 10-4 lead.
Goshen responded with a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh, but Tamer was able to slam the door on the 10-5 win.
Tamer improved to 8-1 on the season. She threw her eighth complete game, allowed four earned runs on nine hits and struck out nine.
Gwaltney finished the nightcap 3-for-5 with three RBIs, while Camp also finished 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored. Marcum finished 2-for-5 with two RBIs, while Twining finished 2-for-3 with two RBIs, a home run and two runs scored. Uebelhor had two hits and drove in a run, while senior Jillian Ayres
added two hits and scored three times.
The Knights will head to Huntington University (15-7; 3-1 MCC) for a crucial MCC showdown in Huntington, Ind., next Tuesday. First pitch of the doubleheader is slated for 3 p.m.