Florida Trip Gets Alma Season Started With 3-1 Record

FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Alma college Scots improved to 3-1 on the early softball season with wins over Augustana College, 5-4, in eight innings and Capital University 7-5. In the first game Katie Koechling (Wheaton, Ill./North) picked up her first win of the season with help from Kay McDonald (Rosebush/Mt. Pleasant) in the eighth inning. Koechling  gave up eight hits on the day while striking out two.

The Scots took an early two run lead at the end of three on a bases loaded walk to Katie Seagraves (Lapeer/East) and a squeeze bunt by Taylor Erwin (Fenton). Augustana went ahead in the fourth on three singles and an homerun. The Scots scored two in the fifth on a walk to Amy Gaudard (Mt. Pleasant), a double by Sarah Johnson (Portland) and a single by Sarah Seals (Alma). However, the Vikings tied the score at four apiece in their half of the fifth inning. In the eight inning the internation tie break was used putting Sarah Seals at second base. Two batters later Katie Seagraves looped a single into right field to score the winning run. Augustana threatened in their half but with two outs Kay McDonald came on in relief to notch her first save of the season.

In the night cap against Capital University, Alma opened the scoring in the second inning with a double by Brittany Fales (Midland/Dow) after a walk to Sarah Johnson. Capital scored two runs in their half of the inning on four singles. The Scots responded by sending nine batters to the plate the next inning score four times to take the lead for good. Brittany Fales highlighted the inning by knocking  in two runs on her second double of the game. Alma plated two more runs in the sixth with a  walk to Erica Guitar (Croswell/Croswell-Lexington), a double by Missy Morcom (Chelsea), and singles by Katie Seagraves and Emily Blahnik (Corunna). Capital made it interesting in the seventh by scoring two runs and having the bases loaded before the Scots could retire the third out.   Kay McDonald went the distance picking up her second win of the young season striking out nine and walking three.

On Monday, Alma opened the season with a 12-4 loss to Division II Concordia University-St. Paul and a 4-1 win over Division II Mercyhurst College. In the first game Katie Koechling took the loss while Brittany Fales pitched in relief. Emily Blahnik led the team in hitting with three hits.

Kay McDonald picked up her first win of the season with an 11-strikeout performance against Mercyhurst College. Mercyhurst only scored in the fifth inning and McDonald kept hitters off the balance the rest of the game. The Scots scored in the fourth with a double by Brittany Fales and a bunt by Erica Guitar. Alma tacked insurance runs in the sixth with a three run homerun to left field by Missy Morcom.

The Scots continue their Spring trip with games Tuesday (Feb. 27) against Concordia and Mercyhurst.