Clermont, Fla. - The Alma College softball team won its final two games of its spring trip on Friday (March 3), 8-3 against Augustana and 3-0 versus Milwaukee School of Engineering. The Scots return home with a record of 7-3.
Danielle Service (Mason, Mich./Mason) finishes the opening ten games batting .483, the best batting average in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association among anyone with at least 15 at bats. She also leads the conference in doubles with four. Katie McClure (Manchester, Mich./Manchester) won three games on the mound while also posting a conference-high three triples and five extra base hits. Both McKenzie Creed (Edwardsburg, Mich./Edwardsburg) and Erin Lee (Commerce, Mich./Walled Lake Northern) hit two home runs on the trip and Mary Brooks (Portland, Mich./Portland) and Cassidy Tucker (Coleman, Mich./Coleman) added one, themselves. Riley Terwilliger (Mount Pleasant, Mich./Sacred Heart Academy) leads the team in RBI with nine.
Alma took game one on Friday 8-3 against Augustana. It broke the game open in the fifth and sixth innings when it scored five runs to gain a six run lead. Tucker singled back to the pitcher, scoring Creed and moving Service to third. Service scored after Tucker forced a rundown on a steal attempt.
Three more Scot runs came in the sixth. Lee singled to the shortstop to lead off the inning and was brought home by McClure's third triple of the year. Kelsey Spencer (Eaton Rapids, Mich./Eaton Rapids) knocked a single up the middle to score McClure for the conference-leading eighth time this season. Spencer would score, herself, when Service singled up the middle two batters later.
Morgan Stratton (Grand Blanc, Mich./Grand Blanc) pitched all seven innings and, striking out nine batters and allowing three runs (two earned). She now has 35 strikeouts over five games, 7.66 per seven innings, and has allowed five earned runs in 32 innings, good for a 1.09 earned run average.
Game two of the day saw McClure toss a complete game three-hit shutout in a 3-0 win over the Milwaukee School of Engineering. Alma tallied seven hits in the game, two each from Brooks and Terwilliger.
Alma's first run came in the second inning when Brooks scored on a chopper by Service over the third baseman's head. The Scots picked up another in the fourth when Katie Long (Grand Rapids, Mich./West Catholic) scored on a Terwilliger single. The final run came in the fifth on a Chelsea Schweiger (St. Clair, Mich./St. Clair) steal attempt. The Raider catcher overthrew the shortstop trying to throw out Schweiger and Spencer scored from third on the error.
Alma has next week off and returns to action on Wednesday, March 15 when it faces Cornerstone at Scots Park at 3:30 and 5:30 p.m.
Contact: Zach Russo, Assistant Sports Information Director, (989) 463-7438