Strong Pitching Helps Softball to Two More Wins

Strong Pitching Helps Softball to Two More Wins

Clermont, Fla. - The Alma College softball team continues its strong play on its fourth day of action in Florida, taking two games on Wednesday (Feb. 28). The Scots defeated the Milwaukee School of Engineering and Johnson & Wales by scores of 4-1. Alma is now 7-1 on the year, while MSOE is 4-2 and JWU is 0-3.

Bry Chapman (Holt, Mich. / Holt) led Alma at the plate, going 4-for-6 with a double and three RBI, all of which came in game two. Cassidy Tucker (Coleman, Mich. / Coleman) went 4-for-7 and scored two runs and Mary Brooks (Portland, Mich. / Portland) went 3-for-6 with a double.

Both Katie McClure (Manchester, Mich. / Manchester) and Jazmine Hamm (Byron Center, Mich. / Byron Center) performed well on the mound. McClure struck out eight batters over seven innings in game one, allowing just six hits. Hamm did her one better in the last category against Johnson & Wales, giving up five hits and allowing batters to hit just .217 against her.

Both pitchers also did well in getting out of jams. Up three in the bottom of the seventh against MSOE, McClure walked two batters to load the bases with one out but got the Pirates' four and five hitters to foul out and hit into a fielder's choice. In the first inning against JWU, Hamm hit the first batter of the game who later came in to score. Then, after a single, a walk, and a wild pitch that saw both runners advance into scoring position, Hamm got the Wildcats six hitter to ground out to second base.

How It Happened

  • Two of Alma's four runs in game one were unearned. Tucker singled to center field to lead off the game and Chelsea Schweiger (St. Clair, Mich. / St. Clair) reached on an error by MSOE's third baseman. Then, McKenzie Creed (Edwardsburg, Mich. / Edwardsburg) doubled to right-center field, scoring both runners.
  • McClure allowed her first home run of the season to MSOE's number three hitter, Emily Snow, in the bottom of the first. She allowed four hits over the next six innings.
  • Alma got its lead back up to two in the top of the second when Chapman scored on another error by the Pirate third baseman off a hit by Tucker.
  • Brooks doubled home Hannah Cambe (Demotte, Ind. / Kankakee Valley) after she pinch ran for Creed who singled down the left field line in the fifth inning.
  • Johnson & Wales picked up the first run of game two in the top of the first on a sacrifice fly.
  • Alma answered in the bottom half of the inning when Chapman singled to right field with the bases loaded, scoring Tucker and Schweiger who also both singled.
  • Alma's hitters went down 1-2-3 in each of the next four innings.
  • The heart of the lineup added some insurance runs for the Scots in the bottom of the sixth. Brooks singled to right field with two outs; Katie Long (Grand Rapids, Mich. / West Catholic) pinch ran for her. Riley Terwilliger (Mount Pleasant, Mich. / Sacred Heart Academy) tripled her home with a shot to right-center, and Chapman scored Terwilliger with a single to right-center.
  • Alma ended the game with the help of a double play in the top of the seventh when the Wildcats' leadoff hitter hit a line drive to Tucker at second base who threw to first to get the runner who was leading off the bag.

Notables

  • Both of MSOE's losses have come to the Scots. The Pirates four wins have come by an average of 5.5 runs.
  • Alma hit .421 with two outs on the day, including getting five of its eight runs with two outs.
  • The Scots hit .434 with runners on.
  • Against MSOE, McClure did not allow a hit with runners on in ten chances.
  • Alma currently has four players batting over .400 and five players slugging over .500. Those in each category are Mary Brooks, Bry Chapman, McKenzie Creed and Cassidy Tucker, while Riley Terwilliger is just under a .400 batting average at .345.
  • After eight games, Jazmine Hamm leads the pitching staff in ERA at 2.33.

What's Next

Alma returns to the diamond on Thursday (March 1) for back-to-back games at 9:00 and 11:30 a.m. The Scots will take on Neumann University first, followed by Capital University. Alma Defeated Capital 9-2 on Monday (Feb. 26).

Contact: Zach Russo, Assistant Sports Information Director