CLERMONT, FL.-- The Fightin' Engineers Softball team was able to take away a win in one of their two games in their season opener. They came up short in a close contest with Saint Mary's (Minn.) with a final score of 1-0 and was able to defeat the Badgers of Northern Vermont-Johnson in five innings with a score of 14-3.
Game 1- Rose-Hulman 0, Saint Mary's (Minn.) 1
The Engineers looked to start the season on a high note in their season opener against Saint Mary's (Minn.). Emily Struble took the mound for the team today and put together a stellar performance. She finished 6 innings pitched with 2 strikeouts and only allowing 5 hits in the game. The Engineers competed well defensively but struggled to get into scoring position on offense.
Saint Mary's was able to get their only run in the bottom of the third inning to take the 1-0 lead against the Engineers which would ultimately lead to the 1-0 win.
Game 2- Rose-Hulman 14, Northern Vermont-Johnson 3- 5 innings
Rose-Hulman bounced back from the first game of the day to find a hot start against the Badgers. Jessica Thuer and Angela Boulboulle were able to strike first to take the quick 2-0 lead. Christina Gray was able to get around the bases to make it a 3-0 lead at the end of the first inning. Rose-Hulman was able to explode offensively in the second inning scoring seven runs to establish a comfortable lead. Erin Minervini, Hannah Bach, Boublboulle, Emily Struble, Gray, Thuer, and Maddie Struble were all able to score runs to open up the lead for the Engineers.
The Badgers were able to avoid the shut out in the top of the third inning and tried to rally back into the contest. The team would score three runs to make the score 10-3 going into the bottom of the third. Emily Struble was able to put another run up for the Engineers in the bottom of the third to put the score at 11-3. After a scoreless top of the fourth from the Badgers, Rhiannon Turner was able to score her first run to increase the lead once more.
Rose-Hulman would finish the fourth inning with two more runs from Minervini and Bach and hold the Badgers scoreless in the fifth to secure the victory with a final score of 14-3. Alexis Price pitched in the game against the Badgers and finished her five innings allowing only 2 hits and 3 strikeouts.
Offensively, Bach finished 3-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs scored to lead the offense. Boulboulle added two hits, a double and four RBIs. Maddie Struble, Price and Minervini also contributed two hits each to the performance.