CLERMONT, Florida – The MSOE softball team scored 15 runs on 21 hits over two games, including in a 9-1 victory over Hanover in the opener, to kick off the 2018 season Monday in Florida.
After the Raiders (1-1) defeated the Panthers (2-1) in game one, they fell to Alma (5-1) in the second game of the day.
Sophomore Amanda Manssen and senior Caitlyn Moran led the offense. Manssen was 5-for-6 with a walk over the two games, scoring three runs and driving in two more. Moran collected four hits, including two doubles. She scored two runs, drove in three, and stole a pair of bases.
Freshman Lorrin Pondo (1-1) picked up the win in the opener in her collegiate debut. She struck out seven over 5.0 innings, scattering six hits and a walk.
Moran got the scoring started with a two-run double in the first inning. Sophomore Kim White then made it 3-0 with one of her three doubles on the day to drive in a run in the fourth inning.
After Hanover pulled a run back in the bottom half of the inning, MSOE broke open the game with six runs in the fifth inning. The Red & White had five hits, including RBI doubles by Moran and sophomore Gabi Roderman.
Pondo then retired the Panthers on three hitters in the bottom half of the inning to end the game with a run rule.
The offense continued to fire on all cylinders against the Scots, collecting 12 more hits.
The Raiders scored first again with an unearned run in the first inning before Alma countered with a pair of run in the third inning to take a 2-1 lead.
MSOE then broke open the game with a five-run third inning to open a 6-2 lead. Junior Emily Snow opened the scoring with an RBI double and later scored on an RBI single by Manssen. An error brought in another run before back-to-back RBI singles by Roderman and junior Julia Marsh. Another error on Marsh's single capped the scoring.
The score remained unchanged until the fifth inning when the Scots scored six runs on five hits to take an 8-6 lead. They went on to tack on a pair of insurance runs in the seventh to put the game out of reach.
Pondo took the loss in the game, coming on in relief during the fifth inning. She struck out six batters in three innings. Junior Liz Gale started in the circle, tossing 4.0 innings.
The Raiders' Florida trip continues Tuesday with games against Houghton and Johnson State.