CLERMONT, Fl. -- The Fightin' Engineers softball team fell short in both games of their double header to start the season. Rose-Hulman suffered a loss against Loras in their opener with a final of 9-5. The team then came up short in a competitive battle with Northland College 8-7.
Game 1- Rose-Hulman 5, Loras 9
The Engineers would start their season against Loras College. Alyssa Pinkston would take the mound for the team in her first start as an Engineer. Loras was able to get off to a hot start scoring six runs in the first inning to establish a lead. Rose-Hulman would answer with two runs of their own in the bottom of the first by MaKenzie Morgan and Ashley Pinkham.
After another run by the Engineers in the bottom of the second by Gabrielle Davidson the Engineers trailed Loras 6-3. Loras would open up their lead once again earning three more runs in the top of the fourth. This would ultimately lead to a Loras victory defeating the Engineers with a final of 9-5.
Game 2- Rose-Hulman 7, Northland 8
After easing in, Rose-Hulman would look to take control of the second game of their double header early. Emily Struble started at the mound in the second game of the day. She pitched a total of four innings recording 4 strikeouts and only allowing three hits.
Davidson provided a spark for the offense early with a triple in the top of the second that would bring home two runs by Hannah Bach and Alexis Sullivan. Davidson would score herself in the inning along with Morgan to create a 4-0 lead for the Engineers.
Northland would fight their way back into the contest in the bottom of the fifth, recording five runs to jump ahead of the Engineers 5-4. Northland would add two more runs in the bottom of the sixth to stand ahead of Rose-Hulman 8-4.
The Engineers would try to step up in the seventh to take back the lead. Morgan recorded a triple to push in a run by Alexis Fortuna to start the inning. Morgan would score herself after a sacrifice fly by Ashley Pinkham to make the score 8-6. Nicole Lang was able to bring the Engineers within one run after hitting her first home run of her career. The Engineers would fall short of rallying back and suffer a close loss to Northland with a final of 8-7.
The team will look ahead to face John Jay at 2:30 pm and Mitchell at 5:00 pm tomorrow in the second day of their Florida trip.