CLERMONT, FL.-- The Rose-Hulman Softball team dropped to 2-6 overall after falling to Augustana (Ill.) with a score of 8-3 and Eastern Nazarene 8-0 after five innings on Friday. This wraps up the Engineers spring trip to Florida to start the season. The team will return to action on Sunday, 3/17 as they travel to face Eureka in a double-header at 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM.
Game 1: Rose-Hulman 3, Augustana (Ill.) 8
The first game of the day was a competitive matchup for both teams. The Vikings were able to strike first in the top of the first scoring 2 runs to jump ahead of the Engineers. Rose-Hulman was able to answer after Emily Struble put a run on the board in the bottom of the first to cut the lead in half 2-1. After a defensive standoff by both teams, Rose-Hulman was able to push in 2 runs by Bryly Shipman and Alexis Price to go up 3-2 in the bottom of the fourth.
After taking the lead the Engineers were able to hold the Vikings scoreless in the fifth, but were unable to hold them off for good. Augustana would put together 2 runs in the top of the sixth and 3 more runs in the top of the seventh to defeat the Engineers with a final score of 8-3. Emily Struble had a great game pitching with 4 strikeouts through 7 innings and Maddie Struble led the team at bat going 2/4 at the plate with 1 RBI.
Game 2: Rose-Hulman 0, Eastern Nazarene 8- 5 innings
The Engineers looked to get a win in their last game of their spring trip against Eastern Nazarene. The Lions were able to come out swinging with 2 runs in the bottom of the second to take a quick lead. Rose-Hulman struggled to get anything going offensively to challenge the Lions.
Eastern Nazarene would put up another run in the bottom of the third and 2 runs in the bottom of the fourth to make the score 5-0. The Engineers had trouble producing at the plate and the Lions were able to score 3 more runs in the bottom of the fifth to come away with the win 8-0. Jessica Thuer and Christina Gray were each able to record 1 hit to lead the team batting.