The Alma College Softball team (9-7) finished 2-4 in the NFCA LeadoffClassic Tournament held in Panama City Fl over the past weekend. The Scots split a pair of games on the final day by beating the defending National Champion Rutgers-Camden University 3-0 and dropping the second game to Coe College 8-2.
Against Rutgers-Camden, senior pitcher Kay McDonald, (Mt Pleasant) 5-2, baffled the batters striking out ten to earn her fifth win of the season. The Scots broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the fourth inning with a walk to Amy Gaudard (Mt.Pleasant). Kelsey Rightenburg (Crosswell/Lexington) pinched ran for Gaudard and Sara Johnson (Portland) was safe on a fielder's choice when Brittany Fales (Midland/Dow) moved them up with a sacrifice bunt. A failed squeeze
play allowed Houston Verbeck (flint) to get on base with two outs. Trista Geier (Walled Lake) laced a single up the middle that was misplayed by the centerfielder scoring Johnson and Verbeck.
Verbeck closed out the scoring in the sixth for the Scots by knocking out her first collegiate home run to left field.
In the final game of the classic for the Scots, Coe College scored four runs in the third inning and three more in the fourth to beat Alma 8-2. Fales (2-1) struck out five while picking up her first loss
of the season. Alma scored both runs in the bottom of the fourth on a double by Gaudard, an RBI single by Johnson, and with two outs, Emily Blahnik (Corunna) ripped a double down the right field line to cut the lead to 7-2. The Scots held Coe to just one more run in the fifth inning but were unable to produce any more runs.
Earlier in the tournament Alma bested Maryville College 7-5 on Friday and dropped a heartbreaker to #8 Chapman University. McDonald threw a one hitter but gave up a run to Chapman in the top of the seventh for the 2-1 loss. Johnson led the offensive attack with two hits including a RBI double.
On Saturday Alma College took on #1 ranked Ithaca College and fell 4-1. McDonald was once again the victim dropping her record to 4-2.
With a 1-2 pool play record, Babson College from Boston MA was next on the schedule to begin the Silver Championship Bracket. Katie Koechling started the game and picked up her second loss of the
season with a 5-2 score. Missy Morcom (Chelsea) was the leading hitter knocking out two hits including her second homerun of the season. The loss dropped the Scots into the consolation round against the 2006 National champions Rutgers Camden.
Alma will begin their northern portion of their schedule on Saturday, March 17 when they travel to Bluffton College.