Clermont, Fla. - The No. 10 nationally ranked Alma College softball team swept Cabrini on Tuesday (Feb. 28) by final scores of 8-0 in five innings and 1-0. The Scots again got big performances from their starting pitchers, Katie McClure (Manchester, Mich./Manchester) and Morgan Stratton (Grand Blanc, Mich./Grand Blanc). Both allowed two hits in their respective games, while McClure struck out eight and Stratton fanned 10.
Chelsea Schweiger (St. Clair, Mich./St. Clair) went 3-for-6 in both games, scoring two runs and driving in two more. She went 2-for-2 with a walk, an RBI and two runs scored in game one. McKenzie Creed (Edwardsburg, Mich./Edwardsburg) led the team with three hits in five at-bats on the day. The Scots had 18 total hits in two games, 14 of which were singles.
Up 6-0 in the bottom of the fifth, Alma ended game one after Anna Couture (Posen, Mich./Posen) doubled to left field, scoring Erin Lee (Commerce, Mich./Walled Lake Northern) and Kelsey Spencer (Eaton Rapids, Mich./Eaton Rapids). Those two RBIs were tied for the game 1 high with Mary Brooks (Portland, Mich./Portland).
Alma scored in every inning, starting with two in the bottom of the first. Schweiger singled to short and scored on a McClure triple. Then a sacrifice bunt from Brooks brought McClure home from third.
Brooks' home run led off the third inning and put the Scots up 4-0. Four of Alma's 11 hits went for extra bases. Riley Terwilliger (Mount Pleasant, Mich./Sacred Heart Academy) picked up her second RBI of the season later in the inning when she singled Creed home from second. Creed made it 6-0 in the bottom of the fourth when her single up the middle scored Schweiger.
Game two was much tighter. Stratton held the Scots down on the mound for seven innings, the first time she pitched seven innings this season. She faced 12 batters before allowing a hit. As a team, thr Scots managed seven hits, all singles.
The sole run of the game came in the top of the fifth. Cassidy Tucker (Coleman, Mich./Coleman) led off the inning with a hard ground ball to the shortstop she beat out for a single. Lee sacrificed her over to second and Couture grounded out to third, allowing Tucker to move up a base. Schweiger smacked a single to center field, her only hit of game two, which allowed Tucker to score for the eighth time this season, a stat that leads the team.
Alma is off on Wednesday. It will continue its Spring Trip with a doubleheader against Michigan-Dearborn on Thursday morning starting at 9 a.m.
Contact: Zach Russo, Asisstant Sports Information Director, (989) 463-7436