Alma, Mich. - The Alma College softball team took control of first place in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association with a sweep over the Trine Thunder on Sunday afternoon. The Scots are now 21-5 overall and 11-1 in the conference, while the two losses brings Trine to third place in the MIAA at 9-3 and a 28-4 overall record.
Morgan Stratton (Grand Blanc, Mich./Grand Blanc) earned the victories in both games. In game one, a 1-0 win, she allowed three baserunners (two hits and one walk) while striking out five. Katie Long (Grand Rapids, Mich./West Catholic) scored the only run of the game on a wild pitch in the fifth inning.
"These were two great wins today," said Head Coach Denny Griffin, "especially because it was on the road. It came down to superb pitching by Morgan and catching with Dani Service. We had a solid game plan and they executed it. Morgan hit her spots and moved the ball around."
The Scots took game two 8-4 after exploding for seven runs in the second inning. With the bases loaded, Anna Couture (Posen, Mich./Posen) began the run with an infield single, scoring Riley Terwilliger (Mount Pleasant, Mich./Sacred Heart Academy). Chelsea Schweiger (St. Clair, Mich./St. Clair) then singled to right field, bringing home Kelsey Spencer (Eaton Rapids, Mich./Eaton Rapids). McKenzie Creed (Edwardsburg, Mich./Edwardsburg) cleared the bases with a double to left to pick her game-high three RBI. Danielle Service (Mason, Mich./Mason) followed with a two-run home run, her seventh of the year, good for fourth in the MIAA.
Alma picked up an unearned insurance run in the fourth inning when Creed reached on a fielding error by Trine's shortstop, scoring Couture.
"We had some great defense," said Griffin. "The offense came alive in the second game with Creed and Service getting two timely hits."
in game two, Stratton tallied five more strikeouts. She owns the second-best ERA in the conference at 1.26 and the fifth best strikeouts per game rate at 6.25.
Alma is represented by five of the top 11 hitters in the MIAA in batting average. Mary Brooks (Portland, Mich./Portland), Service, Schweiger, Terwilliger and Creed are all hitting better than .356 on the season and Brooks and Service are also among the top four in slugging percentage.
"Today we enjoy the wins and get ready for Manchester."
The Scots will play four doubleheaders in the final week of the regular season, only one of which is at home. They will begin with two games at Manchester on Monday that were rescheduled from April 9.
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