Softball Sweeps Spalding In First Conference Play 

3/24/2013 
Athletic News - Softball 

The Westminster Blue Jay Softball team swept Spalding University in their double header Saturday afternoon in their first SLIAC matchup. The Blue Jays came home from Louisville, Ky., with two SLIAC wins under their belt and a 3-3 overall record.

After four lead changes in game one, the Blue Jays finally pulled out an 8-7 win over Spalding. Westminster put the first numbers on the board in the top of the first after senior Morgan Shipley and freshman Shelby Meyer singled in two runs. The Golden Eagles came out in the bottom of the second and blasted in five runs to give them the lead. The Blue Jays battled back, having a strong fourth inning. They finished the inning with six hits and six runs to take back the lead. The Golden Eagles scored two more runs in the fifth and sixth innings, but the Blue Jays held on to the lead and pulled out their first conference win.

Junior Rai’an Harris led the Blue Jays, going two for three from the plate, scoring twice and getting two RBIs. The Blue Jays finished with eight RBIs from six players. Sarah Schneider (1-2) was credited with the win, pitching seven innings and striking out eight.

The Blue Jays took the last of five lead changes in the back-and-forth game two against Spalding, securing a 10-6 victory. The Golden Eagles put the first numbers on the board after Spalding’s McDowell led off with a homerun in the bottom of the second. The Blue Jays came out in the top of the third and pounded in four runs to take the 4-1 lead. Senior Kenna Cornelson scored from Lori Jones’ triple and Harris singled in Jones in the top of the fifth, giving the Blue Jays a bigger lead. The Golden Eagles came out in the bottom of the fifth and grabbed four runs and then another run in the seventh to tie the game at six and put the game in extra innings. With two outs in the eighth, the Blue Jays grabbed four unearned runs to pull the lead. The Golden Eagles had one hit in the bottom of the eighth, but could not score, giving the Blue Jays their second conference win.

Schneider
(2-2) was credited with the win, pitching three innings, giving up one earned run and striking out two in relief. The Blue Jays finished the game with 11 hits and 10 RBIs. Jones and K. Cornelson finished the game with four RBIs apiece. K. Cornelson went 2-for-4 from the plate, scoring three times and Jones went 3-for-5 from the plate, scoring twice.

The Blue Jays will head to Iowa Tuesday to play Simpson College at 3:00 p.m.