Softball Grabs Pair of Conference Wins Over MacMurray 

4/24/2013 
Athletic News - Softball 

The Westminster College softball team grabbed a pair of St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC) wins over MacMurray College Wednesday afternoon. The Blue Jays defeated the Highlanders 7-5 in game one and 8-0 in game two. The wins improve the Blue Jays’ overall record to 9-7 and their SLIAC record to 6-2.

The Blue Jays put the first numbers on the board in the bottom of the second when junior Brittany Lee hit a RBI single, scoring senior Morgan Shipley. Molly 'Nugget' Adler and Lee put two more runs on the board, scoring off an overthrow by the catcher to first base. Junior Emily 'Pete' Kesel then stepped up to the plate and cracked a double, scoring senior Kenna Cornelson.

Junior Rai’an Harris doubled and later scored to put the Blue Jays up 5-0 in the bottom of the third. Senior Talisha Washington cracked the ball to outfield for a triple and was brought in by Harris’ RBI double in the fourth. Adler touched home for the second time of the night in the bottom of the fifth, putting the Blue Jays up 7-0 going into the sixth.

MacMurray’s bats caught fire and they scored four runs in the top of the sixth, bringing themselves back into the game. The Highlander’s Veronica Grgee led off the seventh inning with a triple, and scored off the next batter. The Blue Jays held the Highlanders from scoring again and grabbed three outs to end the game at 7-5.

The Blue Jays grabbed 13 hits and held the Highlanders to five hits. Kesel led the Blue Jays, going 3 for 4 from the plate and grabbing two RBI. Lee was credited with the win, pitching the seven innings and striking out nine.

The Blue Jays shut out the Highlanders in game two. Junior Lori Jones scored in the bottom of the first to take the 1-0 lead. Jones led off with a triple in the third, and then scored off Kesel’s single. Kesel then scored off Shelby Meyer’s single to give the Blue Jays a 3-0 lead.

The Blue Jays had a strong fourth inning, putting up four more runs off five hits. MacMurray grabbed two hits in the fifth and sixth, but were unable to score. The Blue Jays loaded the bases in the bottom of the sixth just as junior Becca Rose stepped up to the plate and cracked one to the fence. Claire Gibby scored the eighth run to short-game the Highlanders. 

Junior Sarah Schneider was credited with the win, pitching six innings and striking out nine. The Blue Jays held MacMurray to four hits, while they grabbed 15 hits. Meyer went 3 for 4 from the plate to lead the Blue Jays.

The Blue Jays host Webster University Thursday for a doubleheader starting at 6:00 p.m.