Alma, Mich. - The Alma College softball team won its opening game on the NCAA Tournament on Friday afternoon 9-1 over DePauw in five innings. Junior Mary Brooks (Portland, Mich./Portland) went 2-for-3 with a three-run double, senior Anna Couture (Posen, Mich./Posen) went 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI and junior Katie McClure (Manchester, Mich./Manchester) went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored. It is the seventh time this season Alma has won a game in fewer than seven innings and the fifth time it has won in five innings.
The Scots (28-8) will play Illinois Wesleyan at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday. The Titans defeated Otterbein 3-2 to move on to the next round.
Alma started off strong with three runs in the second inning. With McClure and Erin Lee (Commerce, Mich./Walled Lake Northern) on base, Couture doubled to right field, scoring McClure and advancing Lee to third. Both Lee and Couture scored when Brooks reached first on an error by the first baseman.
The Scots broke the game open in the fourth when they scored six runs on six hits. After two walks and a single, Brooks doubled to straightaway center field, her eighth double of the year and second-most on the team, clearing the bases. Brooks has a team-high 32 RBI on the year, good for fifth in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association and first on the team. Danielle Service (Mason, Mich./Mason) brought home Katie Long (Grand Rapids, Mich./West Catholic), who pinch ran for Brooks, with a single to left field. Service is right behind Brooks in the team standings with 28 RBI. McClure executed a bunt single to score Celeste Boyer (South Lyon, Mich./South Lyon East) from third base. Kelsey Spencer (Eaton Rapids, Mich./Eaton Rapids) reached first on an infield single which scored Service from third. Service, a First-Team All-MIAA selection along with Brooks and pitcher Morgan Stratton (Grand Blanc, Mich./Grand Blanc), is also third on the team in runs scored with 24.
Stratton allowed eight hits and one earned run in five innings on the mound. The senior pitcher has won each of the last 10 games for the Scots. She has earned her 20th win of the year, a new career high, and has a 1.12 ERA this year, which is second in the conference. She has also pitched the fewest innings, allowed the fewest hits and lost the fewest games in her three-year Alma career this season.
Contact: Zach Russo, Assistant Sports Information Director, (989) 463-7436